Monday, August 6, 2018

Toronto

Saudi Arabia has kicked out the Canadian Ambassador to  the Kingdom.   Recalled their ambassador in Ottawa.  And has frozen trade with  Canada.   Will that, I wonder, put an end to the $15-Billion deal with General Dynamics to buy 900 LAV 700s, an export model of the LAV 6.0 fighting vehicle.   But maybe not, the crown prince needs them to eliminate more Yemeni women and children.

All because Canada scolded the Saudis for arresting more ladies who want to drive.

But worse was the statement "Any further step from the Canadian side in that direction will be considered as acknowledgment of our right to interfere in the Canadian domestic affairs,..."

And worst of all was this widely distributed twitter image:





7 comments:

  1. The Sauds are also withdrawing all of their students from our universities. I guess that means we are going to be able to bad mouth the Sauds about Yemen. About time too.

    I figure that MbS thinks that kicking Canada serves as an easy "warning" to other countries without paying any price. Perhaps he is right.

    ReplyDelete
  2. Ael -

    You should badmouth them even more about Yemen if this AP report has even the slightest bit of truth. The Saudis and Emiratis in Yemen are reportedly working with al-Quaeda against the Houthi. Money quote: "Coalition-backed militias actively recruit al-Qaida militants, or those who were recently members, because they’re considered exceptional fighters, the AP found."

    Here is the link:

    https://apnews.com/f38788a561d74ca78c77cb43612d50da

    ReplyDelete
  3. Having had a chance to think about it, I think that Canada's best next move in this game is to re-open our embassy in Tehran. We have been talking about doing this for a while now, but have been dragging our feet (perhaps because of opposition from KSA and other gulf countries).

    A quick little snuggle with Iran is sure to drive MbS crazy.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Would Iran let you back in after Affleck and Hollywood blew your cover?

      Delete
    2. Snuggle with Iran and MbS is liable to target your school busses as legitimate terrorist targets.

      https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-middle-east-45128367

      Delete
  4. I've always held that Israel is the most geopolitically worthless "ally" the U.S. could find, but the KSA is sure doing its best to work its way up there. MbS seems to have decided that Trump isn't a cautionary tale but a role model, and his foreign and domestic policies are a complete shitshow (from a "liberal democracy" perspective - if you're a racist authoritarian they might be just fine, hence the continued tongue-bath from the Trumpkins for Riyadh...)

    The continued association between the Western democracies and the KSA is getting increasingly ridiculous as the current Riyadh regime seems determined to become the Fascist Italy of the 21st Century, stirring shit up just because they seem to have a need to flex their...I'll be polite and say "muscles".

    ReplyDelete