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Sunday, October 9, 2016

JASTA: A Disaster that Can Still be Stopped

Middle East Briefing |
October 6, 2016

JASTA: A Disaster that Can Still be Stopped

Critics of Saudi Arabia were jubilant when the US Congress overrode President Obama’s veto on the Justice against Sponsors of Terrorism Act (JASTA). Russian media could not hide its delight at the vote. Riyadh was fuming. Tehran celebrated. Saudi Arabia, in spite of itself, became a center of polarization in both public opinion and global official policies.
But a moment of calm and reflection is due in this period of gathering clouds in US-Saudi horizons.
As a point of start, one should ask: Is Saudi Arabia, as a government, really responsible for 9 11? For every crime, there is a motive. Why would the Saudis declare war on their closest ally, the US, back in 2001? There was no Iran deal. No Arab Spring. No frictions or tension.

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