Stephen Lendman is a Chicago-based writer & radio
host, and author of How Wall Street Fleeces America:
Privatized Banking, Government Collusion and Class War and
co-author of The Iraq Quagmire: The Price of Imperial
A few days ago Press TV conducted
an interview with him. The following are the video and
excerpt of the interview transcription:
We seem to be witnessing an escalation of violence in this
crackdown on the Saudi protesters. In your perspective, why
aren't we hearing any type of condemnation, even mildly,
from the United States in dealing with Riyadh?
There's no surprise about that.
As far as America commenting on Saudi violence, my goodness, America
supports Saudi violence. America for many years
has supplied Saudi Arabia with many billions of dollars of
weapons and munitions. Saudi Arabia is a valued regional
ally supporting US imperialism.
Although I must say, the Saudis are saying a little more,
at least marginally saying no today, where in the past they
virtually gave America a blank slate.
With this situation in Saudi, do you think that we're going
to end up seeing an escalation there in violence, in general,
as we are not getting that reaction, you just said, from
the United States or from anywhere else condemning what the
regime is doing?
Of course, we see the same thing happening in Saudi
Arabia being involved in Bahrain, no condemnation, now
inside its own country as the world continues to be silent.
How likely are we to see an escalation of the violence?
I think it will escalate! The Saudi repression has
been extreme for many, many years. The Saudi people
know what's going on in the region. And I'm sure they know
what their own forces are doing in neighboring Bahrain.
I mean, brutal repression has gone on for a year - the
Saudi troops in the streets, just brutal stuff.
And this is going on now with Saudi Arabia; again, total
suppression of this in America including Bahrain.
You just hear nothing about this.
I think the Saudis will end up being as courageous as the
Egyptians, the Bahrainis, the Yemenis, and they should understand
OK, we'll keep our eyes on what's going on, of course, in
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