This comes after Riyadh, the terrorist capital of the planet, executed opposition Shia cleric Sheikh Nimr al-Nimr along with 46 others on Saturday, January 1, on bogus charges of terrorism. The picture shows Saudi and ISIS executioners standing side-by-side, with captions reading “Any differences?”
Khamenei.ir is not the first website to draw comparisons between the head choppers of ISIS, who are rampaging through Syria and Iraq, and Saudi Arabia. They both espouse Wahhabi-Takfiri ideology and share comparable legal-criminal codes that go against International Human Rights Law.
As highlighted by the Western media outlets, the Saudis are brothers in arms with ISIS, sharing hyper-sectarian aims and gruesome methods, especially in Iraq and Syria. The Wahhabist Saudis and the Salafist terrorists justify sectarian persecution and bloodshed on the grounds that their victims are not true Muslims. They both slit throats, kill, stone, cut off hands, destroy humanity’s common heritage and despise archaeology, women and non-Muslims. The only difference is that the Saudis are better dressed and have a lot of petrodollar cash.
Striking enough, in the so-called “War on Terror,” the West wages war on one, but shakes hands with the other. This is a mechanism of denial and double game, and it has a price: Backing an unelected regime that produces, legitimizes, spreads, preaches and defends sectarian terrorism - the same thing that ISIS does and used as a pretext to carry out last November’s terrorist attacks in Paris – will only lead to further international isolation and condemnation. The attacks in Paris exposed this contradiction, but as happened before, it is being erased again from Western analyses and consciences.
For instance, the US media is treating the ISIL-like execution of Sheikh Nimr entirely Iran’s fault, all while spinning the soaring tensions as reaction to Iran not being okay with the Saudi crime! Some media outlets appear to even laud the Saudis, suggesting the crime was a smart move and that Iran, in not being okay with it, played into the Saudi hands and are again facing international outcry.
The outcry, of course, is unreal. A few US media outlets are lashing Iran, but that’s just their default position to appease Israel. Beyond them, a few nations are really backing the Saudis in this new charade. Elsewhere in the world, it is the House of Saud that faces public outcry and condemnation.
Angry protesters across the Muslim world and beyond say Western governments should no longer support a despotic regime like Saudi Arabia. They warn that ignoring the regime’s domestic oppression and international war crimes is ethically questionable and only increases the likelihood of blowback terrorism against the West from the victims of Saudi aggression.
As public protests suggest, the future does indeed look bleak for the biggest sectarian agitator in the world. No one today accepts that the unholy alliance of Saudi Arabia and ISIS possesses any basic goodness at all. This new public sentiment will undoubtedly exhaust Riyadh’s PR machine to leave the new political quagmire in one piece. The international civil society remains united in facing the House of Saud’s military reaction to popular demands in Arab countries for more representative and independent political orders, its unprovoked wars on Yemen and Syria, and its agents of sectarian violence and terrorism in the Middle East and North Africa.