Wednesday, December 04, 2002
Our friends the Saudis: The World-Tribune is reporting that the Saudis are trying to rally other Arab states against the possibility of creating a democratic government in a post-Saddam Iraq.
Saudi Arabia is working to form an Arab coalition to oppose any U.S. drive to impose democracy on the Middle East.
Arab diplomatic sources said the kingdom has been consulting with Egypt, Syria and the Gulf states regarding the ramifications of post-Saddam reforms in Iraq. The sources said Saudi Arabia is concerned that it will be the next target of the Bush administration.
"The Saudi efforts want to ensure that no major Arab country will plot against Riyad or any other regime targeted by the United States," a diplomatic source said. "While Washington opposed Iraq on the issue of weapons of mass destruction, the Saudis are worried that Washington will use the banner of democracy."
Why are the Saudis so worried? After all, there's a democracy in Iraq right now! At least, I do remember something about an election...