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Wikileaks and the Arab World

December 9th, 2010 · No Comments · Politics

Which leader in the Arab World has come out worst from the US embassy cables published so far?

Netenyahu has been insulated by the fact that Wikileaks hasn’t got any of the cables from the US Embassy in Tel Aviv. Bashar Al-Assad hasn’t come off badly, apart from speculation that the Iran-Syria relationship was more nuanced than the US previously thought, and that there is a bit of distance between Syria and Hamas.

Well, my money for the biggest Wikileaks blushes is on King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia.

The big shocker, as far as the international press was concerned, was on day one of the leaks. Abdo repeatedly begged the US to attack Iran.

And now, it has emerged that Abdullah’s Foreign Minister, Saud Al-Faisal, tried to get the US to help him organise an Arab army to invade Lebanon and attack Hizbollah.

And while we’re at it, Lebanon’s politicians don’t come off too well.

Former Lebanese Prime Minister Fouad Siniora and current Defence Minister Elias Murr seemed to be encouraging foreign invasions of Lebanon: according to Saud Al-Faisal, Siniora “strongly backed” the plan to get an Arab army to attack Beirut. And Murr told the Americans that the Lebanese army wouldn’t stop Israel if they wanted to attack Hizbollah.

A final note. It’s really sad that Al Jazeera Arabic isn’t reporting this story when BBC Arabic was. But I guess Al Jazeera’s got Qatar’s foreign policy to be worried about.


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