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  •  perhaps (4+ / 0-)
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    I think that the promise of Chinese weaponry is of symbolic importance, not military importance. The Saudis might pick and choose a few tidbits of Chinese technology; the important thing is that China is saying, "The Americans will always limit what you can have, but we will not be so snooty."

    And no, Saudi Arabia has NEVER been foolish enough to contemplate a military confrontation with Israel. They choose to work by other means. Their possession of oil is their diplomatic asset, and they use it accordingly.

    If China vetoes sanctions against Iran, that would give the US an excuse for military action, but military action is not a viable option for the US; thus, a Chinese veto would prove American impotence. Sounds like the perfect strategy to me.

    •  pragmatism (0+ / 0-)
      The US government limits exports of some military technologies to all of its allies through ITAR so I guess that the issue is whether China can provide Saudi Arabia with essential military technologies that the US withholds.

      As far as I am aware Saudi Arabia has not used oil as a diplomatic weapon, apart from its general boycott of Israel. Saudi Arabia did take part in the 1948 war with Israel and gave financial aid during the Yom Kippur war in 1973.  What I had in mind was how Saudi Arabia would respond to an attack from Israel.

      I agree that military action against Iran is not viable. That might not stop the US government (or Israel) conducting air strikes if the alternative was confirmation of US impotence and a permanent change in the balance of power.

      •  Arab Oil Embargo (1+ / 0-)
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        Gegner

        Claiming that Saudi Arabia never used oil as a weapon is wrong.  The arab oil embargo of 1973-1974 was specifically designed to coerce western nations into abandoning Israel, making it the definition of economic warfare.

        Arab Oil Embargo of 1973

        The probability that we may fail in the struggle ought not to deter us from the support of a cause we believe to be just. 0.0, -1.74

        by Trinitrotoluene on Tue Apr 25, 2006 at 09:20:26 PM PDT

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