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Saudis Refuse Security Council Seat to Themselves

October 18th, 2013 - 6:19 am

Saudi-King

I’ve never heard of anything like this happening before:

Saudi Arabia, in an unprecedented show of anger at the failure of the international community to end the war in Syria and act on other Middle East issues, said on Friday it would not take up its seat on the United Nations Security Council.

The kingdom condemned what it called international double standards on the Middle East and demanded reforms in the Security Council.

Riyadh’s frustration is mostly directed at Washington, its oldest international ally, which has pursued policies since the Arab Spring that Saudi rulers have bitterly opposed and which have severely damaged relations with the United States, Saudi analysts have said.

It’s nice to be liked and respected again in the Middle East.

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I'll be curious to see how this pans out. My first thought on reading this was Japan walking out of the League of Nations.
39 weeks ago
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Except that SA will be happy to sit back and let other nations do the heavy lifting. Or worse, they are trying to appease Iran.
39 weeks ago
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Note that analysis about US policies concerning the Arab Spring that "have severely damaged relations with the United States". The SC is still seen as a tool of US and NATO interests primarily. The Saudi king and princes have no use for such activity in their name, especially since US interests now seem to run acounter of their own. Also, given the SC's propensity for issuing condemnations of Israel in preference to all other activities, it is notable that the Saudi's are not interested. Despite their lip service to the Palestinians could it be that the KSA actually prefers a strong Israel and hopes to cut some sort of mutual protection deal with them on the QT? Between the US and Israel, which country promises to be a more reliable partner in containing Iran?
39 weeks ago
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Why should they want to be on the SC? Too much like work. Also, too much like accountability if the international community thinks action needs to be taken.
39 weeks ago
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I'm actually liking it. A nation with a voice that sort of matters deciding the UN is irrelevant? It's a good first step.
39 weeks ago
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Well, see, the Saudis are one of our trading partners, so they don't count. "Middle East opinion" only consists of those that want us to no longer exist.

And they are quite happy with us right now, relatively speaking.
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