Here’s an excellent interview with Toby Jones (professor of Middle East history at Rutgers University) shedding light on the role of the Saudis in Syria.
Most of Assad’s other enemies have clear motives. Doha wants to put a natural gas pipeline through Syria that will supply Europe but Assad is blocking this path to untold Qatari riches. Israel and the US simply want to dominate the region, and it’s only Iran and its ally, Syria, that stand between them and complete hegemonic control of the Middle East.
The role of the Saudis though seems more complicated. Why have they been pouring billions of dollars into toppling Assad since the beginning of the Syrian crisis? And what part does Prince Bandar bin Sultan play in the drama – this playboy tycoon who has been best buddies with US Presidents and who many believe could be the real figure behind the atrocious gas attack in Ghota?
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