- - Sunday, January 10, 2016

With an ally like Saudi Arabia, who needs enemies (“Who lost the Middle East?” Web, Jan. 5 )? For far too long we have tolerated Saudi Arabia’s promotion of Wahhabism and its playing of the destructive sectarian card against ‘apostate’ Shiites. We then looked on as the Saudis facilitated the rise of the Islamic State in Syria and Iraq. Moreover, the terrorists who attack westerners are invariably Sunnis of a Wahhabi persuasion.

Now the Saudis have embarked upon a war of aggression against Yemen’s Shiite Houthis, bombing the country back to the Stone Age. We diplomatically approve and supply munitions. Needless to say, the resulting turmoil has enabled al-Qaeda and the Islamic State, the sworn enemies of the Houthis, to consolidate their foothold in Yemen.

To cap it all off, Britain is to have a permanent military base in Bahrain, which also happens to be the home of the U.S. Navy 6th Fleet. Is it wise of the West to align itself with Bahrain’s Sunni rulers? They brazenly suppress the Shiites, who make up an absolute majority of the country’s citizenry.

We have truly nailed our colors to the Sunni jihadist sectarian mast.


Dorset, England

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