It is Time for The US to Rethink its Saudi Alliance

Published April 28th, 2019 - 09:19 GMT
US Donald Trump during his visit to Saudi Arabia in 2017. (AFP)
US Donald Trump during his visit to Saudi Arabia in 2017. (AFP)

At time when the Donald Trump administration has insisted on adhering to the US alliance with Saudi Arabia many has been criticising this stance because of the human rights violations in the Kingdom under its de-facto ruler Mohammed bin Salman, aka MBS for business relations.

Many of the lawmakers in Congress have been persistently mounting more pressure on the Trump administration to end its alliance with Saudi Arabia, particularly after October 2018, when the Saudi Arabia Crown Prince was accused of involvement into the brutal murder of a Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi in the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul.

Recently, Tulsi Gabbard has been among the few of the 20 people running in the 2020 US Presidential Elections to readdress US foreign policy towards Saudi Arabia with more vigour.

Gabbard who serves as a representative for the Hawaii 2nd congressional district since 2013, went on Twitter last week to urge the Trump administration to end this “unholy alliance with Saudi Arabia”.

The tweet, were a video was also shared, Gabbard refers to the deadly terrorist attacks took place in Sri Lanka on Easter Sunday last, in which more than 300 people were killed in churches and hotels.

This came shortly after Trump vetoed a resolution requiring the US to end its support to the Saudi-led alliance in Yemen and a day after Saudi Arabia has announced the beheading of 37 people on charges of “terrorism”, yet, no evidence was provided.

In the video, the Hawaii representative argues Trump and his Vice-President Mike Pence has been “hiding the truth” from their Christian supporters for their stance in supporting Saudi Arabia, a country that has been a source of "extremist ideology" and “intolerant form of Islam” that preaches hatred against all other religions, including Muslims who don’t follow the same preaching.

Their ideology, that of Wahhabism, has also inspired terror groups around the world, from Al Qaeda, ISIS and many others according to Gabbard. 

“It’s an ideology that preaches hatred and bias toward Christians, Buddhists, Hindus, and atheists, and Muslims who are not followers of that extremist ideology… Yet President Trump and Pence, who pose as defenders of Christians and Christianity, have embraced the Saudis, the purveyors of this anti-Christian jihad.”

Gabbard concludes her video by addressing people who believe in the freedom of religion to pressure Trump and Pence into giving up the “unholy alliance with Saudi Arabia”.

On Twitter and among the US media, Gabbard’s video sparked a debate over the fact that it is time for US to rethink its foreign policy towards Saudi Arabia.

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