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Who Controls the Terrorists
“If you tell me… that we misused or got corrupted with $50 billion, I’ll tell you, “Yes.” … But, more important, more important — who are you to tell me this? … What I’m trying to tell you is, so what? We did not invent corruption, nor did those dissidents, who are so genius, discover it. This happened since Adam and Eve. … I mean, this is human nature.”
– Bandar bin Sultan

Presidents, Prime Ministers and Royalty all seem to kowtow and bow to the Saudi Royal family. Less than a century ago the Arabian Peninsula was populated by nomadic tribes controlled by families. What changed things? World Wars I and II and the discovery of oil.

Prior to the petroleum business, the main source of income on the Arabian Peninsula came from tolls paid by pilgrims traveling between holy cities. During WWI Britain was fighting the Ottomans and with the help of the Sharif of Mecca, created a united Arab state. In 1926 the head of one of the Arab families,  Ibn Saud, declared himself the King. The rest, as they say, is history.

With untold oil-wealth the Saud family has become very corrupt. Today we have Saudi Prince Bandar bin Sultan, bon vivante, man about town, ewok look-a-like and bestie to the Bush clan threatening heads of state who do what Saudi Arabia wants.

In 2008 Bandar threatened PM Tony Blair and the British government with a UK terrorist attack if they didn’t shut down an investigation into alleged multi-billion dollar illegal arms deals made between  British Aerospace Systems and Saudi Arabia. Read more here.

Now Bandar has made President Putin an offer he thought couldn’t be refused. Saudi Arabia wants the Syrian government toppled so it can run its gas pipeline through the country and  Russia’s support of Syria puts a damper on those plans. Just like Al Capone, Bandar offered Putin a deal he thought couldn’t be refused – if Russia will back down on its support of Syria the Saudis will “allow” Russia to control its own oil and gas pipeline and Putin can be guaranteed that Chechen terrorists won’t threaten the security of the Olympic games in Sochi. Whoa! Read more here.

Thank goodness there is one hard-assed leader that will stand up to this thug’s threats. Putin told him to pound sand. Way to go Vlad!

As for Obama, he is still using George Orwell’s language of “newspeak” on the American people. Yesterday when he addressed the country (and the world) on Syria he called our nation a Constitutional “Democracy”. The U.S. is a Constitutional “Republic”. Unlike a democracy, in a constitutional republic, citizens are not governed by the majority of the people but by the rule of law. We’re listening, Obama.

Enjoy David Bowie – This is Not America:

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Putin and Berlusconi
According to WikiLeaks cables, Berlusconi ‘profited from secret deals’ with Putin

From the Guardian:
The Italian media – or at least those elements of it not controlled by Berlusconi – have covered the US embassy cables leaks extensively, focusing on three aspects. First, the allegations of corruption on the South Stream gas pipeline, a Gazprom-Eni joint venture that will bring gas from Russia to Europe. Under scrutiny is the Eni building, part of the infrastructure crossing the Caspian sea, which will cost €15.5 bn (US$21.75 billion).

The second focus relates to the Georgian conflict in 2008, and Berlusconi’s motifs in that crisis — the American diplomats described him as “Putin’s unconditional spokesman in Europe”.

The third relates to the confirmation that decisions on Italy’s foreign policy have clearly been shifted from La Farnesina, the foreign affairs ministry, to Berlusconi’s inner circle and, allegedly, to his business associates. This, again, was hardly top secret. Why would one businessman who has so shamelessly used his political power for his personal interests at home decide to stop at national borders?

The fact that the American diplomats seem to candidly share the suspicions that many Italians have always harboured has sent Berlusconi’s people into an almost comic hysteria. The top comedy award must surely go to Franco Frattini, Italy’s current foreign affairs minister, who loudly proclaimed that the WikiLeaks revelations were the “9/11 of International Diplomacy” and that Julian Assange wants “to destroy the world”.

You can read the rest of the article here.

In the meantime, enjoy the great Joe Cocker – With A Little Help From My Friends:

Photo of Silvio Berlusconi and Vladimir Putin at Putin’s rural lodge in 2003 by Viktor Korotayev/AP