Legal News: Saudis angered by 9/11 Victims Law, They Rethink U.S. Alliance
Legal News: Saudis angered by 9/11 Victims Law, They Rethink U.S. Alliance
  • Riyadh, Saudi Arabia- Throughout President Obama’s time in the White House, Saudi Arabia and its allies in Persian Gulf have watched with dismay as the kingdom’s decades-old alliance with the United States seemed to be slipping. Then came the overwhelming congressional support for Jasta, or the Justice against Sponsors of Terrorism Act, which will allow relatives of those killed in the Sept.11,2001, terrorist attacks to sue Saudi Arabia for any suspected role I the plot. That was all the proof many Saudis needed that the alliance that has underpinned the regional order for decades was fraying-perhaps irreparably.”Jasta is a wakeup call for the Saudis, that is time to revisit the concept of alliance with U.S,” Said Khalid al-Dakhil, a Saudi political sociologist and the writer.
  • Saudis responded to the passage of the bill, after the both the houses of congress voted on the Wednesday to override Mr. Obama’s veto, with a mix of anger and disappointment, while many have already begun thinking about how their country will need to adjust .Passage of the law was a huge blow to the Saudis, who have long maintained strong ties in Washington though close cooperation with the American government on arrange of issues, from economic and oil policy to counterterrorism to shared intelligence and military programs. Saudi diplomats and a range of public relations companies hired bathe Saudi government, lobbied hard against the bill, with Adel al-Jubeir, the Saudi foreign minister and the former Saudi ambassador to Washington, leading the effort. But failed to persuade families of the victim of terrorist attack on Sept.11, 2001.The resilient association of Saudi Arabia with the attacks with the attacks angers many Saudis. Their government disowned Osama bin Laden, a Saudi citizen, in 1994. Al Qaeda, and more recently the jihadists of the Islamic state, has frequently targeted the kingdom, killing Saudi civilians.
Legal News: Saudis angered by 9/11 Victims Law, They Rethink U.S. Alliance
Legal News: Saudis angered by 9/11 Victims Law, They Rethink U.S. Alliance
  •  Many questions why suspicions of Saudi involvement in the Sept. 11 plot persist in the United States, despite the passage of 15 years, a congressional investigation and the release this year of the long-classified 28 pages that were believed to contain evidence of complicity by Saudi officials. None of that has produced evidence of Saudi involvement, they say.”Because the bill has been tied so strongly to9/11 and the Saudi Arabia is somehow responsible for Islamic terrorism, “said Faisal bin Farhan, a Saudi businessman and the chairman of the Shamal Investments.”And that to me is more worrying than any direct effect of the law itself.”On social media, some users suggested that the bill was part of sinister conspiracy against the kingdom.
  • “American failed for 15 years to prove a role for the Saudi government in the 9/11 attacks, including in the congressional report and the 28 pages,” wrote Kahlid al-Alkami.” #Jasta law Blackmail?”.”The goal of tha Jasta law is to freeze the money of the kingdom of Saudi Arabia and its sources and to paralyze its movement in Yemen and Syria while releasing Iranian money to tip the balance, “wrote Hutheifa Azzam. In a statement released on Thursday, the Saudi government said the act “is of great concern to the community of nations that object to the erosion of the principle of sovereign immunity which has governed international relations for hundreds of years.”
  • The erosion of sovereign immunity, “the statement added, “will have a negative impact on all nations, including the United States”. Saui and gulf analyst Saud that the depth of the Saudi-American alliance gave the kingdom many ways to express its displeasure.”Its certain that the strategic alliance between the two countries is in a real crisis,” Salman Aldossary, the editor in chief of the Saudi-owned Al-Sharq Al-Awsat newspaper, said in an email.”If it I true that Riyadh shall be harmed by the crisis, Washington also has the interests in the region, and they will definitely be affected as well.” Saudi Arabia has lots of money invested in the United states , and Mr. Jubeir, the Saudi , the audi foreign minister, warned that such investment will be withdrawn if Saudi Arab feared that its assets were in jeopardy of seizure as part of American legal proceedings. It remains unclear if Saudi Arabia will start withdrawing those assets. The United States has a large military presence throughout the gulf, with training missions in Saudi Arabia and large bases in Qatar, Bahrain and the United Arab Emirates. The united states also cooperates with the Saudi Arabia in military operations in Yemen and elsewhere, as well as sharing intelligence for the fight against Al Qaeda and the jihadists of the Islamic state.”This situation, if exploited, would do a great deal of harm to U.S. interests, let alone Riyadh’s effective cooperation in combating terrorism and the reflection of this on the war on terrorism as led by the U.S.”, Mr. Aldossary said.
  • While 15 of the 19 hijackers who carried out the Sept. 11 attacks were from Saudi Arabia, two were from the united Arab emirates, one from Lebanon and one from Egypt. Abdulkhaleq Abdulla, a professor of political science in the United Arab Emirates, said that while the law appeared to be aimed only at Saudi Arabia, other countries in the region feared that it was only a matter of time before the United States decides, “Let’s go after them, too.”
  • “There was a thinking now more than ever that may be the United States is not the safest place for future investment,”Mr. Abdulla said”. “So eventually, maybe, we’ll have to stay away from the U.S. and have to invest somewhere else. The alliance between Saudi Arabia and the united states goes back seven decades, to when King Abldulaziz, the founder of modern Saudi state, me the President Franklin Delano Roosevelt aboard the U.S.S Quincy at the Great Bitter Lake in the Suez Canal.
  • Ties between the two nations has expended enormously since then , as the united states has sought the seedy supply of oil and a partner in Arab world. Saudi Arabia has sought the security of protection form an international power. Other links have developed as well. Tens of thousands of Saudi students attended schools in the United states the Saudi government has invested billions of dollars in American technology and the countries”. Intelligence service has shared information related on terrorist threats. But the tension has endured, largely reflecting the difference n value between the two nations. Many in the U.S. claiming that Saudi Arab is helping terrorist by creating fertile ground for terrorism and exporting they regard as an intolerant version of Islam.
  • Others have raise concern about the human rights in the country where common women cannot drive and where atheism is a crime sometimes punished with a public caning. The Saudi government watched in dismay at the United States called for the ouster of President Honsi Mubarak in Egypt during popular protests against him. The Saudis have tried and failed to overcome American reluctance to intervene more forcefully in the civil war in Syria. They opposed Mr. Obama’s push to reach a nuclear agreement with Iran, Saudi Arabia‘s regional rival.
  • “The country still needs each other, but it does increasingly look like a marriage that is past its sell-by date,” said Michael Stephens, head of the Royal United Services Institute Qatar. “Both sides are questioning the utility of being hitched together.”

 

The Sept.11 law has left many analysts questioning the alliance’s future”.

 

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