great...food prices are already up...now we're going to be giving some to a country that can easily take care of it's self, but they are too fucked up to do it. I imagine the only reason this is happening is that they are trying to prevent a civil war...I mean, hell the soliders are doing begger work to feed themselves
The history of the first two great jihads shows that the internal schisms of Islam often undermined cooperation. Some Islamic authorities considered the Shia a greater abomination than Christians or Jews, and declared jihad against them. The Ottoman and Persian empires were constantly at war for that reason. There are also numerous examples of Muslim rulers siding with Christians against other Muslims. Islam is first and foremost an imperialist project, and it cannot tolerate dynastic conflicts.
The dirty little secret of the Sunni Arab states is that they actually benefit from having Israel around, and while they know this, they will never publicly admit it. Israel is the lynchpin of regional stability, which is why the Saudis would be very happy to see them take out Iran's nuclear capability. That''s not to say that the Saudis have any love for the Israelis, but there are lots of back channels that permit cooperation and intel sharing.
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