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ISIS: A poisoned Chalice for Arab Royals
What happens when you hold the candle to the devil? The clear answer - Often you are caught in the cleft stick. That is precisely what is happening to Saudi Arabia and Co. Nearly 560 miles of Saudi-Iraq's border abuts Anbar province of Iraq.

The rebranded 'The Islamic State' has held its sway there since it started it bloody war of occupation in Middle East. The brutal fighters of this so-called nascent Islamic State are moving freely at the kingdom's (Kingdom of Saudi Arabia) door step. It is the reality on ground. Until and unless these fighters beat a retreat or forced to vacate, the well-funded Jihadi army is in control of large part of Iraq.

History bears witness that for decades Iraq was ruled, brutally, by Sunnis under President Saddam. However, the US-led invasion of 2003 changed all that, leading to a Shia-dominated government in Baghdad sympathetic to the Saudis' arch rival, Iran. Now, the supporters of these autocratic kingdoms want the world to believe that their protege, the ISIS, is an out-of-control but disciplined (at the same time) force safeguarding the rights of the region's Sunnis, a sort of bulwark against Iran and its "heretical" Shia allies.

Saudi Arabia, Qatar and Kuwait, thenew Chowdhrys and literal cat's paw of the western interests in the Middle East, are loudly blaming the present crisis to the 'sectarian and exclusionary policies' of Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki in Iraq. The fact of the matter is:It is an alibi to deflect the world attention from a duplicitous issue: 'Who has created the Frankenstein of ISIS?' Who had funded these extremist now rowing their boats through the blood of innocent Iraqis; playing soccer with the beheaded soldiers? These rulers have had their fingers in this pie that was cooked by western powers. The US policies are so naive that no one can understand really, not even its own ex-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. They support Israel with open secrecy and they show deep hidden sympathy for poor Palestine.

They support democracy and human rights round the globe but the states where human rights don't exist are strongly stilted by US. World history bears witness to this naked truth. The US and their proxy rulers of these deserts tried their best to dislodge President Asad of Syria and had desperately failed. The extremist group that is now threatening the existence of the Iraqi state was built and grown for years with the clandestine donations of these American allies in the Persian Gulf region.

Politics and war often make strange bed-follows. ISIS MILITIA is comprised of so-called Naqshbandi Sufis, underground Baathist of Saddam Hussain, mercenaries from erstwhile Muslim States of Soviet Union, disgruntled Muslim youth of civilized West with the core commanders - the recalcitrant Sunnis of Syria and Iraq. It's an irony that one of the top donors of ISIS is governement and rich elites of Kuwait.

According to Andrew Tabler, a senior fellow at the Washington Institute for Near East Policy, "Everybody knows the money is going through Kuwait and that it's coming from the Arab Gulf. Kuwait's banking system and its money changers have long been a huge problem because they are a major conduit for money to extremist groups in Syria and now Iraq." It would be interesting to recall that in 1990, the U.S. attacked Iraq in order to liberate Kuwait from Hussein's clutches. Now Kuwait is helping the rise of his successors.

According to some expert Middle East watchers, America has also begun to feel the heat of the situation. World is no longer that much biased against Iran. The new President of Iran Mr Rouhani has brought a sea change in the policies and perceptions of Iran. Some subtle changes are also visible in American foreign policy toward Iran. If one it to believe the swirling ME grapevine, Qatar has officially stopped giving aid to more radical groups under the US pressure. Saudi Arabia has also partly backed off its support of these militants. The removal Prince Bandar bin Sultan is a sign of that. He was known as 'Spy Chief' and 'Syria Point Man' who was managing the whole strategic war-like maneuvers against Syria and Iran.

Strange but true, the Saudi government has not washed off it's hands completely as yet. It is still engaged in the proverbial game of playing with the hare and hunt with the hound. It has continued its funding and giving moral and political support to ISIS in Iraq and non-extremist groups fighting Assad while combating the growth of al-Qaida and its affiliates and offshoots within its own borders. The Gulf monarchies want to see the Shiite-dominated government of Iraq and Syria replaced. For that they tried to take the calculated risk of feeding ISIS to help them in achieving the aim while maintain the upper hand to tame ISIS as and when required.

In fact, what these governments could not control, of course, was the ISIS recruitment drive of Saudis and Khalijis byal-Qaida and ISIS in the Arabian Peninsula. Many of the most violent frontline fighters in Iraq are believed to be Saudi nationals who are radical, brutal and highly paid. Despite government-approved fatwas forbidding such conscriptions, a number of Saudis have been able to reach Syria and Iraq to join ISIS. Saudi accents have been heard commentating, out of vision, on some of the group's chilling videos of captured Iraqis being executed in cold blood.

In times to come, for the Saudi royals, returning jihadists would represent a potential domestic existential security threat if and when they do come back. In a belated effort, to limit the expected dread, a face saving Firman, King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia has ordered "all necessary measures to secure the kingdom from terrorist groups or others who might disturb the security of the homeland".

He has no answer for the eventuality when ISIS self-declared "CALIPHATE" reaches from northern Syria and eastern Iraq to Riyadh, Najd, Medina and Mecca? Today, al-Qaeda-inspired jihadists are active to both the north and south, Saudi Arabia and this autocratic theoretical Saudi State finds itself somewhat sandwiched in between two dangerous conflagrations. It may be next in the ISIS firing line.

"You reap what you sow" seems to be the message coming out of Iran and its allies in the Iraqi government, blaming Saudi for the success of Isis on the battlefield. "Saudi Arabia's support for the terrorist groups, including Isis, is a plot which will eventually entrap that country too. Saudi Arabia is the spiritual, material and ideological supporter of the ISIS and the Saudi king had tasked the country's former intelligence chief with a special mission to support Isis," Iranian parliamentarian Mohammad Asafari said this week.

However Saudi officials do not deny that Bandar Bin Sultan Al-Saud, has spent an extraordinary large amount of time and money in trying to form an effective Sunni rebel army in Syria to fight the Shia-backed regime of President Bashar al-Assad. President Assad remains firmly entrenched in most of the areas.

I doubt the plan to fund these marauders is working out quite as anticipated.


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