Saudi Arabia: What happens when the oil stops

Riad Fouad Saade, empresario libanés y consul honorario de Chile (Beirut)

The Middle East has been in turmoil since ever Second World War end. This increased starting turn of the century with the need for the USA to focus on China. The US plan expressed by G-W Bush was built around the concept of a “Greater Middle East” that would replace the Nation State model established after WW1 by the British and French Empires. This Greater Middle East model ended into destroying the region. The Plan was first officially admitted by Wesley Clark (previously Head of NATO): “We’re going to take out 7 Countries in 5 Years: Iraq, Syria, Lebanon, Libya, Somalia, Sudan & Iran...” The Lebanese destruction is presently well advanced before the final collapse of this genuine country. Iran has been President’s Trump central concern and its “destruction” could be an electoral element for the latter. But most important to all parties, Saudi Arabia, long time head of the Sunni Muslim world, seems also to be at the verge of collapsing. The House of Saud dynasty established with the help of the British and later considered as pivotal by the USA, might collapse soon due to economic failure and absence of a popular support. Dismantling the Arabian Peninsula would put an apocalyptic end to the 20th century Middle East. Covid 19 pandemic can even accelerate it.

In a world that is uncertain about its future, the Middle East seems to embark on a quite perilous journey.

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