SPLIT DEVELOPS BETWEEN TURKEY, SAUDI ARABIA / ´Arab Spring´ developments leave Iran opponents at odds (WND-WORLD NET DAILY) from Joseph Farah’s G2 Bulletin WASHINGTON 03/19/12)
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WASHINGTON – Sunni Turkey and Saudi Arabia appear to be on the same
page in opposing Iran, but the rise of the Iranian-backed Muslim
Brotherhood in Egypt is causing a potential split between the two
countries, according to a report in Joseph Farah’s G2 Bulletin.
While Saudi Arabia gives the appearance of support for the
Brotherhood, there are increasing indications that the Saudi family
is concerned about its popularity and spread, as has been seen in
Egypt, and the threat of its spread of a republican form of Islam
that could challenge the Saudi royal family’s status in the kingdom.
The Saudis have maintained a firm control over the spread of
Wahhabism, a strict form of radical Sunni beliefs, but the spread of
the Brotherhood and indeed the Islamic revolution with its clerical
form of Islamic government now poses a direct threat to the Saudis.
This is why the Saudis backed the Egyptian regime of Hosni Mubarak,
who kept down the Brotherhood and had a bad relationship with Iran.
Now, all that has changed and the Saudi royal family is feeling
It also is concerned about Turkey, which the Saudis have viewed as a
strategic counterweight to the spread of Iran’s Shi’a influence in
the Sunni Arab countries. However, Turkey has a form of liberal
Islamism, stemming from Ottoman religious values and the secularism
that followed by the successor to the Ottoman Empire, Mustafa Kemal
Ataturk, who created Turkey’s modern republic.
While the more conservative Brotherhood and liberal Turkey differ on
their approach with governance, they both share the view that
governance is based on the ideological principles of Islam.
In Egypt, the Saudis backed the Salafists who came in second only to
the Muslim Brotherhood in the recent parliamentary elections.
However, the Salafists are not expected to be able to overcome the
gains of the Brotherhood, even though both are conservative and
Salafists also are trying to make inroads into Syria where the Muslim
Brotherhood is attempting to topple the regime of President Bashar al-
Assad which is backed by the Shi’ite Iranians.
The Saudis are backing the Salafists there over the Brotherhood,
which Turkey supports. Analysts, however, don’t see the Salafists
edging out the Brotherhood in attempting to run Syria in a post-Assad
Given the rise of the Salafists and their Islamist ideology, the
Saudis may not have complete control over them, either.
And Saudi Crown Prince Neyef bin Abdulaziz, as the heir-apparent to
succeed King Abdullah, will be less inclined to allow for the
emergence of a Salafist democratization that is attempting to take
hold even in the kingdom because of its possible impact on the
dominance of the Saudi monarchy.
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