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Thursday, October 24, 2013

Angry at U.S. policies, Mideast allies chart own course

Prophecy Sign:  Saudi Arabia in bible prophecy

Sheba and Dedan - present day Arabian Peninsula
The nations of the Arabian peninsula are by no means fans of Iran or the present leadership of Syria.  The Arabian nations are predominately Sunni Muslims and Iran is Shiite while Syria is ruled by the Alawite Shia form of Islam.  Sunni and Shiite Islam don't get along.  In fact they are enemies sponsoring different factions of Islam in the nations presently under conflict in the Middle-East.

The Sunni's of the Arabian peninsula have been looking towards America to help bring down the Shiite Alawite Bashar al Assad regime in Syria and to ensure that the Shiites of Iran do no acquire nuclear weapons. However, the Obama administration has failed or is failing on both counts,or at least as far as the Saudis are concerned.  Thus the threats of diplomatic relations being severed between Saudi Arabia and America are hot and heavy.

This could spell major trouble if the Saudi's decided to sell their vast reserves of oil with anything other than the American dollar, (the current petro-dollar - the world reserve currency).  Such a move could potentially do great harm to the value of the dollar and thus major damage to the American economy, (and everybody else for that matter).  Anytime the petro-dollar has been threatened, war has ensued. 

Bible prophecy indicates a time when the Arabian peninsula, (Sheba and Dedan), will stand aside and not align itself with a cadre of Islamic nations moving to invade and destroy Israel. Since one of the major heads of this alliance is none other than Persia, (Iran), it's not surprising that the Saudis will decide to sit on the bench and not involve itself in the future Gog/Magog war.

Sheba and Dedan and the merchants of Tarshish and all her villages will say to you, "Have you come to plunder? Have you gathered your hordes to loot, to carry off silver and gold, to take away livestock and goods and to seize much plunder?"' Ezekiel 38:13 NIV

Angry at U.S. policies, Mideast allies chart own course
Saudi Arabia and other Gulf monarchies, unhappy with a U.S. pivot from a leading role in the Middle East, are taking more active roles in the influencing of foreign affairs, such as arming al-Qaeda in Syria's civil war and bankrolling the Egyptian military takeover. "When you're not viewed as a reliable ally, and as a country no longer as dominant in the region, you lose influence on everything," says Elliott Abrams, a former adviser on the Middle East to former president George W. Bush. "You'll get less help on anything that doesn't involve their immediate interests."

Saudi Arabia severs diplomatic ties with US over response to conflict in Syria
Upset at President Barack Obama's policies on Iran and Syria, members of Saudi Arabia's ruling family are threatening a rift with the United States that could take the alliance between Washington and the kingdom to its lowest point in years. Saudi Arabia's intelligence chief is vowing that the kingdom will make a 'major shift' in relations with the United States to protest perceived American inaction over Syria's civil war as well as recent U.S. overtures to Iran, a source close to Saudi policy said on Tuesday. Prince Bandar bin Sultan told European diplomats that the United States had failed to act effectively against Syrian President Bashar al-Assad and the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, was growing closer to Tehran, and had failed to back Saudi support for Bahrain when it crushed an anti-government revolt in 2011, the source said. 

The Growing Rift With Saudi Arabia Threatens To Severely Damage The Petrodollar
For decades, if you have wanted to buy oil virtually anywhere in the world you have had to do so with U.S. dollars.  But if one of the biggest oil exporters on the planet, such as Saudi Arabia, decided to start accepting other currencies as payment for oil, the petrodollar monopoly would disintegrate very rapidly.  For years, everyone assumed that nothing like that would happen any time soon, but now Saudi officials are warning of a "major shift" in relations with the United States.  In fact, the Saudis are so upset at the Obama administration that "all options" are reportedly "on the table".  If it gets to the point where the Saudis decide to make a major move away from the petrodollar monopoly, it will be absolutely catastrophic for the U.S. economy.

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