Unconventional thinking about the Middle East.

Thursday, November 01, 2007

New Column: A Paladin Gears Up for War

I have a new column out today: A Paladin Gears Up for War.

The Iraqi Army will liberate the oil wells of Saudi Arabia from the hands of Wahhabi vigilantes in a decade's time. Mark your calendars.

UPDATE: My column translated into Arabic, at itjahathurra.com

5 Comments:

Anonymous gj said...

Well that sets the cat in the pigeons, Nibras Kazimi!

I have always been of the view that the Bush project in Iraq was to create a tectonic shift beneath the Sunni Middle East to jump them out of the 15th century into the 21st in one single bound. In this nuclear age, the west simply could not afford for Islam to transit its reformation to enlightenment in the 3/400 years or so that it took Christianity. The Iraqi representative democracy based on the proportionally representative electoral system would lead to demands from the minorities in the Sunni states for the same rights and that's how democracy and modernisation would spread.

But will it take a decisive war, as you suggest? The scenario you paint completely ignores the roles the modernising Gulf States would play? Isn't it more likely that the Saudi royal family for self preservation alone will choose to be on the right side of history, take care of the wahhabis themselves and make the painful transition to representative democracy under a constitutional monarchy.?

2:21 PM, November 01, 2007

 
Blogger Nibras Kazimi نبراس الكاظمي said...

gj,

From your mouth to King Abdullah's ear!

I address that towards the end of my column, but I'm not so sure that the royals are up to task; they are too afraid of the crazies in their midst.

Best,

Nibras

2:23 PM, November 01, 2007

 
Anonymous gj said...

Heh, heh, do you have his email address?

2:56 PM, November 01, 2007

 
Blogger emjay in VA said...

Nibras, your scenario seems at least as plausible as all those shuddering at the Iranian shadow in Southern Iraq. And gj's "tectonic shift" resembles aspects of the "Big Bang" in the Gap, Bushian response to the "system perturbation" of 9/11. All fits the Tom Barnett model for "shrinking the Gap" by connecting the Middle East to the global structure.

7:22 PM, November 02, 2007

 
Blogger Jaguar b. p. said...

America is training and equipping a proxy army in Iraq that will fight this century's most crucial war — the war to keep the oil flowing.

And finally an admission of what the conflict is about.
Killing people left and right to "keep the oil flowing," I can't believe I once doubted the nobility of your goals


One needs to ask the question: Why is a young Saudi male so culturally suited to blow himself up?

It's called faith, you should look into it sometime.

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v648/babopijade/abu3abdullah2.jpg

7:19 PM, November 04, 2007

 

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