Bringing democracy to Iraq has forced the Islamic world to confront
the terrorism monster they have created. Before Saddam was taken down, the Gulf
Arabs depended on Saddam, as loathsome as he was, to keep Iran busy. Since
1979, Shia radicals have been running Iran, and supporting Islamic terrorism.
But most Islamic terrorists are Sunnis who, as a matter of pride and principle,
despise Shias, and Iranians. But with Saddam gone, the Iranians have gotten
the Shia majority in Iraq now running the country, the Arabs now have to
confront Iran directly. And that they are doing. Saudi Arabia is supporting the
Palestinian Fatah organization against the Iranian supported Hamas. Saudi
Arabia is also using its money to support Sunni Arab, and Christian, factions
in Lebanon, against Hizbollah, the Shia minority and its Iranian backers. Saudi
Arabia is also giving support to the Sunni Arab majority in Syria. For decades,
the Saudis tolerated the Shia minority that ran Syria. No more. The situation
has changed, especially with Iran gaining speed in its effort to build nuclear
Saudis are even, secretly, cooperating with the Israelis. Iran has always been
seen as a greater danger to Israel than the surrounding Sunni Arab nations.
Hizbollah, which is a Lebanese Shia organization, made a name for itself during
its disastrous attack on Israel last Summer. Although Hizbollah lost by every
measure, they won in the arena of public opinion. Both the Israelis and Saudi
Arabs (and Sunni Arabs in general) hated that.
removal of Saddam has already crippled al Qaeda throughout the Islamic world.
The sight of American troops in Iraq enraged al Qaeda, and Islamic radicals in
general. This was the one thing these maniacs could not tolerate. They all
flocked to Iraq, began killing lots of Moslems, and after a year or so of that,
plummeted in the popularity ratings throughout the Moslem world. Now the Saudis
are mobilizing against that other terrorist backer; Iran. The Saudis are
committing over $100 billion to this battle, and doing it out of the purest of
motives; self interest.