Reprinted from Smirking Chimp
Let me remind you about the story of Frankenstein.
In the Mary Shelley classic, mad alchemist Dr. Victor Frankenstein spends months creating this creature out of old body parts.
Then, one night, Frankenstein brings his creation to life, only to be absolutely horrified at the sight of the monster he has created.
After some time, and after the death of a dear friend at the hands of his monster, Dr. Frankenstein devotes his life to tracking down the monster he created and promises to destroy it.
Well, we have a modern-day Frankenstein story on our hands.
And in this story, Saudi Arabia is Dr. Frankenstein, and ISIS is its monster.
Over at The Independent, some months ago Patrick Cockburn wrote a very interesting piece about Saudi Arabia's role in the ISIS crisis.
He talks about a meeting between Prince Bandar bin Sultan, the former Saudi intelligence chief and former Saudi ambassador to the US, and Sir Richard Dearlove, the former head of Britain's MI6.
In the meeting, which took place prior to 9/11, bin Sultan told Dearlove that, "The time is not far off in the Middle East, Richard, when it will be literally 'God help the Shia.' More than a billion Sunnis have simply had enough of them."
Fast forward to today and bin Sultan's comments from over a decade ago seem to have foreshadowed what's going on pretty well.
All across the Middle East right now, ISIS is wiping out Shia communities left and right.
It has all but wiped out the Shia population in northern Iraq.
That's no coincidence. Saudi Arabia isn't just magically getting its wish.
Saudi Arabia, and the other Sunni countries in the Middle East, have been financially and morally supporting the growing and evolving Sunni insurgency against Shias in the region for years.
They have intentionally bankrolled groups whose mission it is to wipe out the Shia minority in the region.
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