Zeid al-Isa, Middle East expert from the city of London, has joined Press TV’s Debate program to talk about the active role of the Persian Gulf monarchy of Saudi Arabia in funding and supporting terrorism and extremism against the democratic countries of the region.
What follows is a rough transcription of the interview.
Press TV: Zeid al-Isa, this has been one of the most months for Iraq. Eight hundred killed, 80 in one day, attacks targeted mainly the Shia districts not to mention of course the previous attacks also targeting Shias. Why are Shias being targeted?
Isa: Well, I mean that is indisputable that July and also Ramadan have witnessed the worst bloodshed and it is reminiscent of the days of 2006, 2007 bloodshed where Iraq was driven close to the brink of a civil war.
What is also undeniable is that since 2003 the Saudi regime has refused to recognize the democratic change in Iraq, it has also refused to have any diplomatic representation…
Press TV: Zeid al-Isla we are back with you, you can continue where you left off.
Isa: Yes, I mean the fact of the matter, what is actually undeniable, is the United states’ staunchest and closest and irreplaceable ally in the Middle East after the popular uprisings swept into the Middle East, has been Saudi Arabia.
It is the main strategic ally, which is the central pillar of executing American policies.
Now our guest in Washington (Richard Hellman) has not acknowledged that the staunchest ally of the United States, which is Saudi Arabia, its religious establishment, the formal religious establishment, adheres to the Wahabi-Salafi ideology which is the most regressive, the most violent and the most backward ideology which gives religious legitimacy, religious incentive and religious justification to the atrocities and also to the suicide bombings which are taking place both in Iraq and in Syria and it also, according to the New York Times, the United States has, actually, supervised the arming, funding and also logistical support sent by Saudi Arabia, according to the New York Times to the Jibhat al-Nusrah group which is nothing other than a Wahabi-Salafi group…