Last night PBS aired Charlie Rose’s exclusive interview with Syrian President Bashar al-Assad. During the interview Assad discussed various issues including the role of Al Qaeda in the opposition, the role of Hezbollah in assisting the Syrian Army, and the existence and use of chemical weapons in Syria by the government and rebel forces.
But one issue that Assad continually raised in the interview was the role of Saudi Arabia in driving hostilities. Much of the money for Al Qaeda generally comes from Saudi Arabia and Syria believes the money funding the rebels – both Al Qaeda and non-Al Qaeda - comes from Saudi Arabia.
According to Assad, Saudi Arabia sees the conflict in Syria as part of a larger struggle between Sunni and Shiite Islam and therefore between Saudi Arabia and Iran (21 mins in).
ROSE: Why has this war lasted two and a half years?
ASSAD: Because of external interference. An external agenda supported by and lead by the United States, the West, petro-dollar countries mainly Saudi Arabia and Turkey. That’s why…
For the petro-dollar countries like Saudi Arabia they think undermining Syria will undermine Iran on a sectarian basis.
If that is correct is it really in America’s interest to be supporting a sectarian war in the Middle East? You would think after the oceans of blood unleashed in Iraq due to a sectarian war thanks to US involvement we would have learned something.