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Salman bin Abdul Aziz seen through the Wikileaks' cables
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Salman bin Abdul Aziz seen through the Wikileaks' cables

Reforms disturb the social order. Women's rights as those of the US blacks. Democracy brings civil war. The words of the new Saudi king in 2007 reports.

by Giovanna Faggionato - January 24, 2015

For 50 years he ruled the capital region, then he has become defense minister, and now after the death of King Abdullah, the 80 year old Salman bin Abdul Aziz is destined to ascend the throne of Saudi Arabia.
Ultraconservative and skilled diplomat, the new king has always been one of the most powerful men of the monarchy in the Gulf.

REPORT WIKILEAKS 2007. The American representatives at Ryad have many times met him during the 50 years of his government.
And in cable revealed by Wikileaks is preserved the testimony of a long debate that took place in April 2007, between the then 73 year old Prince and Ambassador Ford M. Fraker.
The report lines up the positions of the new king on major diplomatic dossier.

OIL AND BARBARIC LAWS. And it clearly shows a lot about the role played by the great Western ally. A country that controls the 20% of the world's oil reserves, includes the major private financiers of the Sunni terrorism and has barbaric laws similar to those imposed by ISIS.

1. Reforms in Saudi Arabia? They would overthrow the social order

The new king used to say the pace and the extent of the reforms depend on cultural and social factors.
And he argued they can't be done not for religious reasons, but for social reasons.
If they were imposed by the Saudi government, he explained to the American Ambassador, there would be negative reactions.
ONLY WHEN APPROPRIATE. Reforms should therefore be introduced gently and at the right time. Short statements, that anyway explain well the very nature of Saudi Arabia, wich has used Wahhabism to justify a political power, but also the whole social order of the country.

2. Women rights? As those of the Blacks in America

America - the prince noted, comparing his country to the US - did not dedicate attention to racism against blacks and anti-Semitism until the mid-60s due to social and cultural conditions.
And these same limits are now those of Saudi Arabia.
EDUCATION ONLY RECENTLY. For this, according to Salman, women have been only recently allowed to access education.

3. Democracy? It may lead to civil war

Islam, according to the prince, had democracy before other cultures.
In the Qur'an, he has indeed argued, it's written that rulers must consult before making decisions.
The prince, reports the diplomatic document, has highlight that the process of consultation is in fact democracy in action.
AMERICA IS A PROOF OF THIS. Democracy, according to the prince, can't be imposed: the American Civil War is a proof of this principle. If democracy was imposed in his country every tribe and every region would have his party.

4. The Palestinian conflict? Let's solve it to prevent coups

The only way to achieve stability in the Middle East, warned Salman, is to solve the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.
According to the prince in many states of the Middle East - from Egypt to Iraq, and Libya - Palestine had become a pretext for coups and for the imposition of socialism. And, as an example, he quoted Nasser and Saddam Hussein.
IN THE NAME OF ANTI-SOCIALISM. In short, his recipe calls for a free Palestine in the name of anti-socialism.

5. Israel? A burden to the US, Saudi Arabia isn't for anyone

The resolution of the Palestinian issue is the interest of both the US and Israel, Salman explained.
THE EU DISTANCED ITSELF. But he also noted how the reluctance of Tel Aviv had led the European Union to distance itself from Israel.
And concluded, strong of the alliances between the West and the Saudis: Israel is a burden for the US, Saudi is not for anyone.

6. Common strategies with the US? Prevent Russia from entering the Gulf

United States and Saudi Arabia, according to the prince had three common strategies for the Middle East:

     save Afghanistan from communism;
     protect Pakistan;
     prevent access of Russia to the Gulf.

According to Salman, Arabs and US agree on the importance of keeping Communism out of the Middle East and to stop the Russian dream of having a port into the 'hot' Gulf.
OPPONENTS OF ASSAD. A strategic line that explains well how the Saudis have been among the leading opponents of the regime of Bashar al-Assad in Syria, not only because he's the Shiite ally of Iran, but also because he's protected by Moscow.

7. We and Iran? Like the US with Latin America

The tensions between Saudi Arabia and Iran were for the new Saudi king comparable to those between the US and Latin American neighbors.
KOMHEINI LIKE SOCIALISM. Iran, he said, has began to want to export its ideology, he explained, comparing the Ayatollah Komheini revolution to Latin American socialism.

8. Terrorism? Christian and Jewish extremism fed the Islamic one

Terrorism? Although Saudi Arabia is the largest source of private funding for Sunni terrorism, Salman took the argument away.
IT DAMAGES ISLAM. Terrorism, he said, has mainly hurt Islam. Extremism, he explained, calls extremism. And the Jewish and Christian ones have fed the Islamic. The Koran, he added, recognizes the Prophets of Judaism and Christianity.