Saudi Arabia Must Build New Strategies To Deal With The Paradigm Shift
15 April 2016
By Khaled Almaeena
I don't know why the Arabs get flustered and hot under the collar when an
American official speaks out his mind. President Obama's talk to the Atlantic
magazine did that.
Dozens of writers (many who may have never heard of the magazine) immediately
pounced on Obama's words. Some even used racist remarks on the social media.
Others tried to remind him of the Gulf's strategic relationship and historic
alliance with the US. A few were in a state of hysteria as to why the US had
''abandoned'' its ''historic'' allies.
How naïve we are and will always be!! There are no permanent friends or
enemies in international relations.
As has been the case with the US it has always put its interest first. They
believe that the time has come now for the US to re-evaluate its interest and
opt for places where there is economic growth and relative peace. And that is
South East Asia with Vietnam, Cambodia, Thailand, South Korea, the
Philippines, Singapore, Malaysia and Indonesia being the buzzwords.
In the region they are looking at their former enemy Iran. While there are
diehard opponents of the Iranian regime there is a growing element that are
looking at the possibility of raking in the dollars. Money talks. And despite
Iranian shenanigans in the region the US will conveniently overlook them.
And please don't forget Israel. Everyday the Zionist terrorists are killing
innocent children and are even being glorified by presidential candidates and
a large section of the servile US media.
The Gulf States are being ridiculed and lampooned in public and private by
both the administration and those waiting to enter the White House on Jan. 20,
2017. The portrayal in the media that we barter oil for our security is very
offensive to me.
Instead of reviewing our policies, preparing for a post-Iran deal, a post-oil
economy we drug ourselves with words and express sadness, disappointment as to
why we have been criticized and ignored as the US rushes to realign its
foreign and economic policies.
Article after article is written on Obama's statements. Yet, we forget Obama
hardly makes the headlines in the US any more. It's the Clintons, Cruzs,
Sanders and Trumps who fill news space and television time.
They are a new breed of politicians for whom the past is long on. Roosevelt is
a fading memory and the future is one where the interests of the US come
We have now become a very small blip on their radar screen. What do we do
then? We too should first consolidate our economy, enhance societal change,
giving the people a stake and participation and make logical moves to be
Our people should know that their security does not depend on an alliance with
America but on a vibrant and strong society. They should also know we are not
a protectorate of the West but a sovereign nation.
It's time we build our own strategies to deal with the paradigm shift and
realities of a complex and fast changing world.
— The writer is Editor-at-Large. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org
and followed on Twitter: @KhaledAlmaeena