Shoddy Arabia and Patsystan

Let's see if we can't figure out what Pakistan and Saudi Arabia's real roles in 9/11 were. Saudi passports/agents are used, Pakistan sends one of them some money and meets very openly with all kinds of people in Washington. Not quite the covert operation, but whatever, that's the point. They are the most obvious culprits other than bin Laden--the official fall guy, so of course they will play along with the Osama and al Qaeda did it plan to the extent they can stomach it.

But what may have actually been the reason? See below. This article from Haaretz talks about Bandar Bush and his coziness with the Mossad. Now, in 2001 before 9/11, the Saudis had apparently decided to give Bush an ultimatum on the Palestine issue--the Saudis take a lot of heat for doing nothing to help the Palestinians, and if Washington doesn't do Saudi Arabia a few favors, then Saudi citizens wonder who really runs their country. So Bush pretends to cave and issues his statement in favor of a Palestinian state. Of course he doesn't mean it, and it doesn't matter--Bush knows that the Palestinian state idea will be put in cold storage after 9/11, or at least his advisers assure him to go ahead and proclaim his position in favor of it and he obeys. Now, who are the Saudis to play hardball with US? 9/11 put Saudi Arabia AND Pakistan on the defensive, in no position to make demands from Washington (or Israel by proxy), and the Palestinian issue is relegated to the memory hole. So who's side is Bandar really on? Saudi Arabia's? Or Bandar's? And how does helping Israel and the Bush/Neocon crowd help Bandar? Welcome to the dirty world of international politics and betrayal.

Once bin Laden fades from memory, 9/11 will be used to bring down certain Saudi and Pakistani leaders. Voila! Keep pushing those LIHOP scenarios if you want to see what happens next!

Now read the bit below...

Early in May Faisal met with Bush and told him that only a solution of the Palestinian problem would lead to solution to the other problems in the Middle East. Three weeks later the regular "strategic talks" between the United States and Saudi Arabia were conducted, and again the message was: Take care of the Palestinian problem. Bush, said the ambassador, instructed Rice to try to make progress in this arena, but then the Israeli soldiers were abducted and war broke out. In July, during another visit by the Saudi foreign minister, he again raised the issue. And in August Prince Bandar bin Sultan came to Washington to do some more pushing.

Bandar is also mentioned frequently in Woodward's book. He was the ambassador to Washington for 22 years before stepping down a year ago and returning to Saudi Arabia. Bandar's father, Prince Sultan, one of the seven older brothers in the royal family, was named crown prince after the death of King Fahd. Bandar was appointed head of the National Security Council, and in his new role he continues to act as his country's leading diplomat. In the summer of 2001, says Woodward, Bandar brought a blunt message to Bush, the sharpest ever delivered by him to an American president. The crown prince, Bandar told the astonished president, is planning to cut off all ties with you. We will not consider any U.S. interests and will act as we see fit.

Why? Because of then prime minister Ariel Sharon and his war against the Palestinians. It is clear to us, the Saudi ambassador told the president, that the U.S. has made a "strategic decision" that means "adopting Sharon's policy." Bush protested. That's not true, he said to the ambassador. Two days later, Bush sent the crown prince a two-page letter in which he declared, for the first time, his support for the establishment of a Palestinian state.

Bandar has for years been active in Arab-Israeli peace efforts, the height of which was his attempt six years ago to convince PA Chairman Yasser Arafat to accept the proposals of Prime Minister Ehud Barak and President Bill Clinton for a final status agreement. First he was dispatched by Clinton as a covert emissary to Syrian President Hafez Assad, in a last-ditch effort to revive the Syrian negotiations channel. In a rare interview to The New Yorker in 2003, Bandar spoke about the heartbreak he suffered as a result of the collapse of the peace process toward the end of Clinton's tenure.

Saudi Arabia, the guardian of the Islamic holy sites, is meticulous about maintaining a frosty attitude toward Israel in public and has never agreed to meetings between foreign ministers and senior diplomats. The unofficial liaison between Riyadh and Jerusalem was Prince Bandar, from his luxurious suburban Washington home in McLean, Virginia. Bandar's Israeli contact is Mossad head Meir Dagan, who discreetly reported on their meetings to Sharon. The connection was maintained when Bandar returned to Saudi Arabia, and according to Israeli sources became closer during the war in Lebanon.