Skip to comments.The War Nerd: Saudis, Syria, and “Blowback”
Posted on 05/06/2014 10:59:00 PM PDT by wetphoenix
People are saying that the Saudis are asking for big trouble by backing jihad against Syrias President Assad.
According to the Daily Beast:
Saudi Arabia is playing a dangerous double gameturning a blind eye to the jihadists flocking from Riyadh to Syria while assuring the West of its commitment to fighting terror.
This is the famous blowback theory: Saudi Arabia itself will become a target when the Saudis fighting in Syria come home. There was serious blowback, were told, after a generation of Saudis, most famously a tall guy named Osama, went off to do jihad in Afghanistan, and it could happen again.
Youll notice that this story has a certain poetic justice to it: Saudi shall reap what it sows, and the terror they inflict on others will be done unto them. Heres a good tip on reading war stories: whenever they stink of poetic justice, dont believe them. There is no poetic justice, just a lot of very prosaic injustice. What goes around doesnt come around. Karmas not a bitch, shes a myth (or a mythess). The only blowback in Saudi Arabia comes from those giant beans they love to eat. The blowback theory rests on the assumption that the Saudis are just rich idiots playing around with things too powerful for them to control. Its easy to see them as bumpkins who just got lucky by finding the worlds biggest oil reserve under their desert. Those silly Saudis, huh? They just have no idea what theyre stirring up. This is the view of Saudi Arabia you get in the Daily Beast story:
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