Saudi Arabia and Iran spoil israel’s fun

Back to the drawing board . . .

Ahmedinejad and Abdullah, March 4 2007

Iran’s President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad and Saudi King Abdullah agreed to counter attempts to fuel Sunni-Shiite strife during a visit by the Iranian leader to Saudi Arabia, official media said here Sunday.

Ahmadinejad said he concurred with Abdullah during talks on Saturday that Iran and the kingdom would work together to thwart “enemy” plots seeking to divide the Islamic world.

According to the Saudi SPA news agency, Ahmadinejad also endorsed Riyadh’s efforts to resolve the political crisis in Lebanon.

It said the two leaders stressed the need to preserve Iraq’s national unity and ensure equality between its citizens.

The agreement to prevent sectarian strife was reported after Ahmadinejad ended a brief visit to Riyadh overshadowed by the ongoing Sunni-Shiite violence in Iraq and a political deadlock in Lebanon which has raised fears of similar infighting.

Notice that the quotes from these leaders decidedly pin the blame for “secterian strife” on a common enemy, yet the editorialization continues to shift the blame back to internal differences.

Very subtle, but highly effective propaganda technique – creating the illusion that Saudi Arabia and Iran are ‘struggling’ to bridge an internal divide, when in reality it’s externally imposed.

Relations between regional heavyweights Iran and Saudi Arabia have been strained over non-Arab Iran’s growing influence in Iraq and its perceived backing of Shiite militias battling the once-ruling Sunni minority there.

“The two leaders affirmed that the greatest danger presently threatening the Islamic nation is the attempt to fuel the fire of strife between Sunni and Shiite Muslims, and that efforts must concentrate on countering these attempts and closing ranks,” SPA said.

Ahmadinejad told reporters after returning to Tehran that he discussed with Abdullah “the plots carried out by the enemies in order to divide the world of Islam.”

“Fortunately we and the Saudis were fully aware of the threats of our enemies and we condemned them,” he said.

He did not specify who the enemies were.

Did you bother to ask???

No. Instead, you’ll just make subtle innuendos with some ‘background information’ of your choosing and paint your own picture for readers.

Iran’s chief Western foe, the United States, is one of Riyadh’s closest allies.

Lebanon has also severely tested ties between predominantly Shiite Iran and Sunni-dominated Saudi Arabia, which provides substantial financial aid to Beirut and has close links with the Western-backed government of Sunni Prime Minister Fuad Siniora.

The anti-Syrian Lebanese administration has been crippled by an opposition ministerial walkout and an open-ended protest spearheaded by the Iranian-backed Shiite movement Hezbollah.

But Riyadh and Tehran recently began working together to reduce tensions in Lebanon[.]

End fantasy, begin real quotes and reality.

[A]ccording to the Saudi account of the talks, Ahmadinejad stated that Iran “assists the kingdom’s efforts to calm the situation in Lebanon and end its political crisis.”

He and Abdullah expressed the hope that “all Lebanese sides will respond (positively) to these efforts,” SPA said.

The two leaders affirmed that they were keen on preserving “Iraq’s independence, national unity and equality between its citizens,” it said.

“We discussed the Palestinian and Iraq issues comprehensively. We have common views in this regard,” Ahmadinejad told reporters at Tehran’s main airport.

Ahmadinejad “voiced support for the (Saudi-authored) Arab peace initiative endorsed by the Arab summit in Beirut in 2002,” SPA said without elaborating.

Under the plan, the Arab world would normalise ties with Israel in exchange for a full withdrawal from Arab land occupied since 1967 and the establishment of a Palestinian state.

So, in reality, Ahmedinejad is willing to recognize israel if israel ends its illegal occupation.

End reality, begin bullshit.

Ahmadinejad, on the other hand, has said that Israel should be “wiped from the map” and is doomed to disappear.

Reality break.

“My trip was a business trip and was necessary to talk about the developments in our region and the world of Islam and be briefed about each other’s point of view,” he said.

That was quick.

The two oil powerhouses have sought to contain differences over Iraq, which at one point saw Saudi Arabia accusing the United States of effectively handing the country to Iran and triggered reports — swiftly denied by Riyadh — of possible Saudi intervention on behalf of Sunnis.

Saudi commentators saw Ahmadinejad’s visit as a sign that the two countries are pooling efforts to ease explosive regional crises.

Zionists will ‘be forced to’ either step up their covert acts or move on to their Samson Option.

Rasha B. Foda (aka qrswave)