Zionist vs. anti-Zionist Debate: Why are Saudis burning down the Middle East?

Watch The Debate at Press TV
Watch The Debate at Press TV
Watch The Debate at Press TV

Press TV has interviewed Veterans Today Editor Kevin Barrett, and Kenneth Katzman, an author and Middle East expert, to discuss the latest repercussions of the execution of prominent Shia cleric Sheikh Nimr Baqir al-Nimr by Saudi Arabia.

Barrett says the Saudis anticipated all of the repercussions of executing a prominent Shia cleric who just wanted to support peaceful reforms in the kingdom. He adds that Saudi Arabia is “pursuing a ne0conservative strategy of tension” in the region.

He says,

The extremist forces in Saudi Arabia together with the extremist neo-conservative forces in the United States have decided to set the Middle East on fire and it has been burning ever since the World Trade Center was blown up with explosives on September 11, 2001.”

“The Saudis currently are working overtime trying to spread sectarian tension in the region,” he says, adding that the Saudi officials feel “they need chaos in order to survive” because “the Saudis are the relic regime of the era of colonialism.”

Katzman, for his part, says the Saudi move to cut ties with Iran seems to be a continuation of reactions to what the kingdom claims is “meddling in its internal affairs” from other international players.

Barrett ended the debate by plugging the “Release the 28 Pages” movement, which aims at exposing the role of Saudi Arabia and “other foreign governments and domestic groups” in orchestrating 9/11.


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  1. The Saudi regime under king Salman are continuing the policy instituted by the late king Fahd. It’s a variation of the time-honoured theme ‘divide and rule’. For Saudi to rule the middle east all other nations must either submit or be destabilised and destroyed.

    This was most visible under Fahd’s reign, his opposition to Saddam (a secular leader who do not tolerate this islamist nonsense) and now Salman is continuing that theme with Assad. And of course all this is playing out nicely with the Zionist regime and the US neocons / neo liberals.

    There are now rumours that all is not well in the house of Saud and the current regime may be overthrown soon. I usually don’t put any stock in rumours but this is one sounds plausible and I hope will come to pass.

  2. Hey Kevin,

    You are completely accurate about the Frankish movement. Perhaps Katzman should read the scholarly literature the next time he gets on any show to talk about this issue: Pawel Maciejko, The Mixed Multitude: Jacob Frank and the Frankist Movement, 1755-1816 (Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press); Mark David Baer, The Dönme: Jewish Converts, Muslim Revolutionaries, and Secular Turks (Stanford: Stanford University Press, 2009). I will bring some of these materials out this year. Turkey has a long history of making a sort of diabolical deal with the “Donme,” who always brought chaos in the region.

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