Today In History: US Withdraws Troops from Saudi Arabia

Eight years ago today, the US withdrew its military presence (at least the non-secret part) from its ally, and the world’s top oil producer, Saudi Arabia. “Big deal”, you may say. But this event is a crucial one in the global war that America has been pursuing since (at least) 9/11.

The facts behind 9/11 and the ensuing “war on terror” have been lost in the fog of US propaganda in the past few years. Perhaps the most important fact-they-want-you-to-forget is this: Al Qaida’s attack on 9/11 was in protest at the presence of US troops on Saudi soil. At the time of the 9/11 attacks, the US was occupying Saudi Arabia with between 5,000 to 10,000 troops. Osama bin Laden’s strike was aimed at ending the US occupation as a step to overthrowing the Saudi dictatorship.

This was never made clear to the American people, who were instead told by Liar-In-Chief Donald Rumsfeld that Al Qaida was a huge, global organisation that wanted to destroy America’s way of life (this was true only to the extent that America’s “way of life” included the forcible creation of an Empire including the oil-producing Arab lands).

In the days before “war on terror” propaganda had been fully absorbed by the media, the BBC’s report on the Saudi withdrawal was remarkably honest;

But our correspondent says the US troops have become a potent symbol of Washington’s role in the region, and many Saudis see them as proof of the country’s subservience to America.

Saudi Arabia is home to some of Islam’s holiest sites and the deployment of US forces there was seen as a historic betrayal by many Islamists, notably Osama Bin Laden.

It is one of the main reasons given by the Saudi-born dissident – blamed by Washington for the 11 September attacks – to justify violence against the United States and its allies.

This anniversary is a reminder of important facts:

  • 9/11, however murderous and unjustified, wasn’t an unprovoked attack, but a response to long-standing US aggression against Arabs, and Saudis in particular.
  • The “war on terror” was of America’s choosing; Rumsfeld and the neocons deliberately confused the issues in order to create a new, never-ending version of the Cold War.
  • America’s perpetual war will run until America ends it – and while it runs, the risk of terrorist attacks on the West climbs ever higher.
  • The US has chosen to roll the war out to Afghanistan, Pakistan, Iraq, Somalia, Yemen and now Libya. This is never in response to aggression and always in pursuit of expanding the empire.

The war isn’t being conducted by “Al Qaida”, “Terrorists”, “The Arabs”, “The Muslims” or “Islam” – it’s America’s war and will end when America chooses. You’re wondering why the US withdrew? Because a month earlier, it had invaded Iraq with the goal of creating a large, stable and permanent military presence there – the after-effects of which we’re still feeling worldwide.

One thought on “Today In History: US Withdraws Troops from Saudi Arabia”

  1. "occupying Saudi Arabia with between 5,000 to 10,000 troops"

    – That's one hell of an occupying force.

    "9/11, however murderous and unjustified, wasn't an unprovoked attack, but a response to long-standing US aggression against Arabs, and Saudis in particular."

    – By a man who's professed goal was the establishment of a global caliphate. Who had carried out an attack with the same goal 8 years earlier.

    "The "war on terror" was of America's choosing; Rumsfeld and the neocons deliberately confused the issues in order to create a new, never-ending version of the Cold War."

    – Perhaps. More likely, it was in response to the fact that Gulf War 1 was still ongoing, Saddam was providing, and had provided material support to terrorists, had violated 17 UNSCR's, had expelled weapons inspectors, and had shown a willingness to use WMD's and may have been reconstituting his WMD program. Sometimes, things are what they seem.

    "America's perpetual war will run until America ends it – and while it runs, the risk of terrorist attacks on the West climbs ever higher"

    – It will run until the last terrorist is dead.

    "The US has chosen to roll the war out to Afghanistan, Pakistan, Iraq, Somalia, Yemen and now Libya. This is never in response to aggression and always in pursuit of expanding the empire."

    – We chose to have the Taliban give AQ safe haven. We chose to have AQ Khan spread WMD technology and harbor OBL. We chose to attack Iran, invade Kuwait, and pay terrorists families for their works and to violate the terms of the cease fire. We chose to attack peacekeepers in Somalia. We staged the attack on USS Cole, and we took down Pan Am 103, killed Americans in Germany. None of those countries had anything to do with any of that. Lily pure like the driven snow.

    Methinks you doth project too much.

    Watching the moronwatcher since 2011.

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