As thousands of al-Qaeda aligned ISIS jihadists continue their march on Baghdad, Iraqi government troops who are unfortunate enough to be in their way seemingly have one of two choices: stay and end up decapitated, or run away faster than the proverbial scalded dog. Yet the Baghdad government very well could find the odds even more stacked against them due to what The Economist (of Great Britain) on June 14, 2014, stated in no uncertain terms that there already exists an Israeli-Saudi Arabian "tacit de facto alliance."
With the ISIS (Islamic State of Iraq and Syria) jihadists adhering to the Sunni branch of Islam, they consider both the sizable Sunni minority in Iraq and also the Royal House of Saud to be their allies. On the other side of the firing line would be the central Iraqi government of Nouri al-Maliki and most of the Iraqi people, who shares the same Shiite brand of Islam as followed by the Iranians. As The Wall Street Journal reported on June 12, 2014, upwards of two battalions of Irans al-Quds Special Forces are already in Iraq to prop up the faltering regime of Maliki.
In what may be a prime example of the ancient Hindu proverb "The enemy of my enemy is my friend," The Sunday Times (of London) reported as far back as Nov. 17, 2013 that the threat of a nuclear armed Iran has resulted in "Israel’s Mossad intelligence agency is working with Saudi officials on contingency plans for a possible attack on Iran..." Many Middle East watchers are of the opinion the Royal Family in Saudi Arabia consider Iran to be a much greater threat than any Jewish government that could ever come out of Jerusalem.
With the Shiite and Sunnis literally blood enemies, the body count on both sides make the South-Side of Chicago look more like Provo, Utah on a nondescript Wednesday night. To up the ante, the Saudis have made clear that the closer the mullahs and ayatollahs in Tehran get to membership into the nuclear club, the King's diplomats have already secured tactical nuclear weapons from The Islamic Republic of Pakistan.
On Nov. 6, 2013 the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) cited multiple sources that the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia has not only invested in Pakistan's nuclear weapons arsenal, but an anonymous NATO source tells the BBC's Mark Urban that the Saudis now have Pakistani-manufactured nuclear weapons "sitting ready for delivery." The Israeli-centric news portal the Debka File of Jerusalem cited on Nov. 17, 2013 that French President Francois Holland and his Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius quietly arrived in Israel's capital for talks with regional powers concerning aligning the Gallic Republic with the Middle Eastern powers against the Iranian threat.
Possibly signaling more of the area's political goings-on than the average American is aware, Debka File stated matter-of-factly that French leaders are in Jerusalem to determine how their country could incorporate themselves into a military and political alliance with Israel, Saudi Arabia, Egypt, The United Arab Emirates and Jordan.
In the oft chance the Pakistani deal should happen to fall through for King Abdullah, with a wink and a nod it's clearly understood in the shadowy world of realpolitik that he'll give any assistance to the Israelis needed to unleash as many of their estimated 200 nuclear devices in Iran as needed. And the Iranians have plenty to worry about. Other than Israel's vaunted IDF Air Force, the Israeli Navy maintains a small but extremely lethal submarine fleet that is more than capable of launching nuclear-tipped cruise missiles almost the entirety of the Iranian nation.
Also widely known as ISIL (Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant), the Levant is the historic name for an area incorporating Cyprus, Israel, Jordan, Lebanon, Syria, Gaza, the Sinai peninsula and part of southern Turkey that the al-Qaeda-allied terrorists seek to unite as an über-Shari'a Law compliant caliphate. As previously reported, ISIS has already lined the roads of Tikrit with the heads of Maliki's soldiers and police officers on poles as a grim portents of what may come.