Saudi Arabia Upset with Barack Obama over Egypt & Hosni Mubarak


Saudi Arabia has made it clear that it is upset with Barack Obama and the USA’s handling of the crisis in Egypt:

Saudis told Obama to back Mubarak
The Times, UK – Feb 10, 2011
Saudi Arabia has threatened to prop up President Mubarak if the White House tries to force a swift change of regime in Egypt.
In a testy personal telephone call on January 29, King Abdullah told President Obama not to humiliate Mr Mubarak and warned that he would step in to bankroll Egypt if the US withdrew its aid programme, worth $1.5 billion annually.
America’s closest ally in the Gulf made clear that the Egyptian President must be allowed to stay on to oversee the transition towards peaceful democracy and then leave with dignity. “Mubarak and King Abdullah are not just allies, they are close friends, and the King is not about to see his friend cast aside and humiliated,” a senior source in the Saudi capital told The Times.
Two sources confirmed details of the King’s call, made four days after the people of Egypt took to the streets…
Saudis Tell Obama Not to Humiliate Mubarak
FOX News

WASHINGTON — Saudi Arabia threatened to prop up President Hosni Mubarak if the White House tries to force a swift change of regime in Egypt, The Times of London reported Thursday…

The tough line from Riyadh is driven by concern that Western governments were too eager to shove aside Mubarak when the uprising began, without proper consideration of what should follow him.

The Saudis are essentially in a state of shock about how quickly the Obama Administration stopped supporting a long-time USA ally.

Moves like those that the Obama Administration have taken are sending a signal to the world that the USA is a “fair weather friend” and will betray friends if politics suggest so.

This type of action will drive allies away from the USA.  The call by the Saudi King suggests to me that he is now looking at his other options.  Options such as cooperating more with other Islamic nations and even the Europeans (cf. Daniel 11:27; Psalm 83:6-8).  And this will not be good for the USA (Daniel 11:39).

In the meantime, strikes in Egypt seem to be aimed at knocking down the Egyptian regime:

Workers’ strikes lend vigor to Egypt’s demonstrations

By the CNN Wire Staff

February 10, 2011

Cairo, Egypt (CNN) — New pressure mounted Thursday on the embattled Egyptian regime as thousands of workers in vital industries walked off their jobs in a show of solidarity with protesters demanding change.

Protesting lawyers toppled barricades at Cairo’s Abdeen Palace, the former home of Egypt’s monarchy and a symbol of power. Armed police, who had disappeared from the streets of Cairo as the uprising gained momentum, waited behind metal fences…

Thursday’s demonstrations unfolded with vigor despite escalating fears of a government crackdown. Key government officials have sought to portray an immediate departure for Mubarak as a recipe for absolute mayhem and warned of military intervention.

“Do we want the armed forces to assume the responsibility of stabilizing the nation through imposing martial law and the army in the streets?” Egyptian Foreign Minister Ahmed Aboul Gheit said on PBS’ “NewsHour” Wednesday.

“For the army to rule, to step in, to put its friends on the scene, that would be a very dangerous possibility,” he said.

World leaders watch and wait as events unfold in Egypt

CNN International – Nic Robertson, Kevin Flower – ‎10 February 2011
By the CNN Wire Staff Cairo, Egypt (CNN) — Government leaders around the world watched events unfold in Egypt Thursday amid reports that embattled President Hosni Mubarak could step down from power.

10 February 2011 Last updated at 16:56 ET: Egypt’s Mubarak refuses to quit

Egypt’s President Hosni Mubarak has said he will stay in office and transfer all power only after September’s presidential election.

All of this is likely to end up with an interim government that ultimately will be replaced by some type of Islamic government that will ultimately support a pan-Arabic leader.  The coming King of the South, apparently referred to as the Imam Mahdi and/or Caliph in various Muslim writings, is getting closer to rising up.

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