Obsessed with the "Iran threat," which leads to its
warmongering in Syria, Saudi Arabia is acting like a bull in a china shop,
wreaking regional havoc in an already Arab fragile political environment and
creating what George Joffe' of Cambridge University's
Centre of International Studies, on last December 30, called the "second Arab
cold war," the first being the Saudi-led cold war with the Pan-Arab Egypt of Gamal
Abdul Nasser since the 1960s.
The kingdom stands now almost isolated politically. Its "going it alone" in the Syrian conflict has cornered Saudi Arabia into a self-inflicted foreign policy no-win deadlock, to be at odds with three super powers, including its strategic U.S. ally as well as Russia and China, in addition to regional heavy weights in Iran, Iraq, Egypt and Algeria, all who advocate a political settlement of the conflict.
Within the six-member Cooperation Council for the Arab States of the Gulf (GCC), the kingdom navigates no better.
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Saudi Arabia's hostility to the MB and its support of their removal from power in Egypt have reflected negatively on the Saudi-Turkish relations as well and had repercussions in Syria, leading to a restructuring of the insurgent political and military competing leaders who claim the representation of the Syrian people: Qatari and Turkish-supported leading figures and organizations were replaced by Saudi loyalists and accordingly, for example, the "Free Syrian Army" has simply disappeared to be replaced by the Islamic Front.
In the last
GCC summit meeting in
Saudi bailing out of the post-Morsi interim government in
According to Wall Street Journal online on this January 5, the ensuing situation " is placing the White House in a growing diplomatic quandary as its regional allies fall into competing camps."
The fact that the