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138,647.  But there was another country that was like a fairytale land: Saudi Arabia.  Ever since the 1970s billions of dollars had flooded in from the West.  This vast wave of money created a dream-like society run by an elite where no-one paid any tax.  But there were those in Saudi Arabia who saw another much more sinister reality underneath this facade.  (Power & Elite & Paranoia & Individual & Saudi Arabia & Corruption)  Adam Curtis, Can’t Get You Out of My Head VI Are We a Pigeon?  Or Are We Dancer? *****  BBC 2021  

 

 

99,400.  Saudi Arabia: and the deal made that day on the Great Bitter Lake meant that America would get its oil but it would also protect Wahhabism.  Adam Curtis, Bitter Lake

 

99,403.  But in 1966 king Faisal gave America a glimpse of how uncontrollable an ally Saudi Arabia could be.  He went to New York and publicly attacked America’s support for Israel.  ibid.

 

99,404.  Overnight Faisal raised the price of oil five times and threatened a complete embargo unless America force Israel to pull back.  ibid.  

 

99,405.  A vast pool of wealth known as petro-dollars that could be leant and traded anywhere around the world … Their bankers were building a new global financial system based on recycling the Saudi millions.  And the banks began to become rich and powerful again.  ibid.

 

99,413.  America’s partner in the battle to bring freedom to Afghanistan was Saudi Arabia … to ship arms and money to the rebels.  (Afghanistan & Saudi Arabia)  ibid.

 

 

100,255.  Stirling and Avery had dinner with the foreign secretary Alec Douglas Hume at White’s Club in St James’s.  They proposed a plan: a group of ex-SAS men would mount an operation to fight the Egyptians but they would do it privately.  (Great Britain & Power & British Empire & Arms & Army & Weapons & Coup & Foreign Policy & Club & Egypt & Saudi Arabia & Yemen)  Adam Curtis, The Mayfair Set I: Who Pays Wins ***** Channel 4 1999

 

100,256.  [Prince] Faisal was terrified that Nassar would invade his county next and agreed to the British idea: the Saudis would pay for the war.  (Great Britain & Power & British Empire & Arms & Army & Weapons & Coup & Foreign Policy & Egypt & Saudi Arabia & Yemen)  ibid. 

 

100,257.  The Saudis agreed to pay for the British mercenaries but also to smuggle weapons into the Yemen.  (Great Britain & Power & British Empire & Arms & Army & Weapons & Coup & Foreign Policy & Egypt & Saudi Arabia & Yemen)  ibid.

 

94,265.  What was invented in the Yemen was a new private form of foreign policy for Britain, paid for by other countries’ money.  But then at the very moment when Stirling’s team seemed to be on the brink of success, an economic crisis hit Britain which threatened his whole concept.  (Great Britain & Power & British Empire & Arms & Army & Weapons & Coup & Foreign Policy & Egypt & Saudi Arabia & Yemen)  ibid.

 

100,258.  [Denis] Healey believed that instead British defence industries should make money for the country.  The Americans were selling weapons throughout the world and Healey wanted Britain to compete with them and earn precious foreign currency.  But Britain was not very good at selling weapons until David Stirling decided to get involved.  (Great Britain & Power & British Empire & Arms & Army & Weapons & Coup & Foreign Policy & Egypt & Saudi Arabia & Yemen & Exports & Labour)  ibid.  

 

100,260.  He [Khashoggi] told Lockheed that the only way to win the [arms] deal was to bribe the Saudi government.  Ten years later in a Senate investigation Lockheed’s chairman admitted what had happened.  Stirling told the British government they would have to do the same as the Americas: pay commission to their agents in King Faisal’s entourage.  If they didn’t, Britain would lose the deal.  In December 1965 the Saudis announced they would buy the British planes: the bribes had worked.  It was the biggest export deal in Britain’s history.  And King Faisal came on a state visit to celebrate it.  It was also the beginning of the modern arms trade with the Middle East which has grown to dominate Britain’s economy.  And from it also came a much wider commercial relationship with Saudi Arabia.  (Great Britain & Power & British Empire & Arms & Army & Weapons & Coup & Foreign Policy & Egypt & Saudi Arabia & Yemen & Exports & Bribery)  ibid.  

 

 

29,519.  Certain countries have been targets of the United States ... Yet the biggest country involved in terrorism is Saudi Arabia.  They finance it.  And we have treated them with kid gloves.  We have treated them as if they are not involved in terrorism at all.  Is that because of groups like Carlyle that have significant investment with Saudi Arabia interests?  Is that because George W Bush’s father is in fact part of the Carlyle Group and is close to the bin Laden family?  (Terrorism & Saudi Arabia & Carlyle Group & Bush)  Lawrence Klayman 

 

 

32,723.  Were the Bushs too close to the Saudis?  (Bush & Saudi Arabia)  Greg Palast, Bush Family Fortunes

 

32,725.  The story of two dynasties – the Bushs but also the Saudis.  (Bush & Saudi Arabia)  ibid.

 

 

87,612.  I received a phone call from a high-placed member of the US Intelligence Agency.  He tells me that while there’s always been constraints on investigating Saudis, under George Bush it’s gotten much worse.  After the elections the agencies were told to ‘back off’ investigating the bin Ladens and Saudi royals, and that angered agents.  (Saudi Arabia & Bush)  Greg Palast, BBC Newsnight

 

 

33,443.  1998 and 2000: Former President George H W Bush travels to Saudi Arabia on behalf of the privately owned Carlyle Group, the 11th largest defense contractor in the US.  While there he meets privately with the Saudi royal family and the bin Laden family.  

 

January 2001: The Bush administration orders the FBI and Intelligence agencies to ‘back off’ investigations involving the bin Laden family.  (Al Qaeda & Carlyle Group & Bush & Saudi Arabia & 9/11)  Mike Ruppert, The Truth & Lies of 9/11 

 

 

87,634.  Larry King: Bandar, do you know the Bin Laden family?

 

Prince Bandar bin Sultan: I do very well.

 

Larry King: What are they like?

 

Prince Bandar bin Sultan: They are really lovely human beings.  (Saudi Arabia & Bush)  Larry King Live

 

 

87,635.  Prince Bandar was so close to the Bushs they considered him a member of the family.  They even had a nickname for him – Bandar Bush.  Two nights after 9/11 George Bush invited Bandar Bush to the White House for a private dinner and a talk, even though Bin Laden was a Saudi, and Saudi money had funded Al Qaeda, and 15 of the 19 hijackers were Saudi.  (Saudi Arabia & Michael Moore)  Michael Moore, Fahrenheit 9/11

 

 

48,437.  The United States intervened secretly in 1973 when OPEC was evaluating this proposal, and said please don’t do that.  And they were talking to Saudi Arabia, the Crown Prince of Saudi Arabia, why don’t you sell these in dollars only?  And they worked closely with the British on this.  And we will sort of a quid pro quo – we’ll protect you, we’ll sell you military arms, we’ll keep you in power, as long as you keep selling oil in dollars.  (Oil & Dollar & Saudi Arabia)  William Clark, author Petrodollar Warfare

 

 

48,502.  The mistake of the West was to put the Sauds on the throne of Saudi Arabia and give them control of the world’s oil fortune, which they then used to propagate Wahhabi Islam.  (Oil & Saudi Arabia)  Salman Rushdie

 

 

63,735.  In 1985 Margaret Thatcher negotiated what was called the Arms Deal of the Century.  The customer was Saudi Arabia, the medieval keeper of much of the world’s oil ... The deal  ... was said to be thirty billion pounds in exports of fighter aircraft, missiles and ships.  (Arms & Saudi Arabia)  John Pilger, Flying the Flag (Arming the World)

 

 

87,638.  Huge bribes were paid by the Saudis ... Hundreds of millions of dollars in individual bribes, commissions.  The Serious Fraud Squad was about to name names, and Blair stood up and said, Well, because of national security we’re ending this investigation ... It’s a huge scandal.  (Saudi Arabia & Bribery)  John Pilger, lecture Freedom Next Time

 

 

65,672.  Arms Firm’s £60 million slush fund: Police launch inquiry into allegations of gifts and payments to Saudis.  (Bribery & Arms & Saudi Arabia)  The Guardian front page

 

 

87,611.  In Saudi Arabia I was repeatedly ordered by high level State department officials to issue visas to unqualified applicants.  These were essentially people who had no ties either to Saudi Arabia or to their own country.  I complained bitterly at the time there.  I returned to the US: I complained to the State Department here, to the General Accounting Office, to the Bureau of Diplomatic Security, and to the Inspector General’s office.  I was met with silence.  What I was protesting was in reality an effort to bring recruits, rounded up by Osama bin Laden, to the US for terrorist training by the CIA.  They would then be returned to Afghanistan to fight against the then Soviets.  Michael Springman, US Consulate Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, under watch of George H W Bush

 

 

87,613.  The Saudi Government is still one of the major supporters of terrorism around the world.  (Saudi Arabia & Terrorism)  Wikileaks US diplomatic cable 20 October 2005

 

 

87,614.  Saudis mobilise thousands of troops to quell growing revolt.  Robert Fisk, The Independent 5th March 2011

 

 

87,640.  There are those who say that the Gulf kingdoms will remain secure for years to come.  Don’t count on it.  Watch Saudi Arabia.  Robert Fisk, article Independent online 31st December 2012, ‘Could Saudi Arabia Be Next?’  

 

 

87,615.  UK training Saudi forces used to crush Arab spring.  The Observer 29th May 2011

 

 

87,616.  This is how a lot of young people spend their Friday nights – having fun, a bit of music, a bit of drag racing.  Frank Gardner's Return to Saudi Arabia, BBC 2013

 

87,617.  This is a country absorbing the shock-waves of the Arab Spring.  ibid.

 

87,618. Saudi Arabia is a family business ... One of the last absolute monarchies on Earth.  (Saudi Arabia & Monarchy)  ibid.

 

87,619.  Women’s right are the key battle in the government’s struggle with conservatives over change.  ibid.

 

87,620.  The alliance formed here between ruler and religion still exists today.  

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