The new leadership of Saudi Arabia is gaining the support of a great many world leaders. While this may be deserved, it is easy to forget that other leaders will one day take over the land and they may not be as fair-minded as those in charge now, which is a scenario that has bitten the West quite frequently in the past.
Reuters reports that Spain has not bothered to worry about such historical details and “have signed a framework agreement to sell the Gulf Arab state warships under a deal estimated to be worth around 1.8 billion euros ($2.2 billion).”
It is known that “Saudi Arabia’s crown prince and Spain’s defense minister” signed the “executive summary to facilitate the necessary procedures” for the deal to become a reality.
The shipbuilder called Navantia will be manufacturing the warships for the Saudi’s.
In addition, “another agreement was signed between state-owned Saudi Arabian Military Industries Company” and Navantia, though no details were given regarding what it was about. This fact alone has caused more than a few questions to be asked concerning the new deal.
Navantia will sell “five small warships” and the Spanish Army will train the Saudi’s on how to properly use the devices. Also, “contractors would build a naval construction center in the kingdom,” a move that is great if terrorism is actually beaten back with the technology.
If, however, the Saudi’s elect or receive by mandate the kind of government that many feel allowed the 9/11 attacks to take place (in tandem with U.S. traitors), this agreement may return to haunt Spain and NATO.
Beyond that, if ISIS terrorists take over areas or even the government (as ISIS is prone to do), the errors posed in this deal will become quite clear to behold.
“Amnesty International, Spain’s FundiPau, Greenpeace, and Oxfam” all have asked Spain to stop the selling of arms to the Middle Eastern kingdom due to their history of human right’s abuses. The Islamic kingdom denies the allegations, even though their mistreatment of women is legendary.
The plans have been in the works since 2015, and it seems that Spain had no intention of listening to the many warnings given to them about signing on the dotted line. It is billions.
Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman “serves as defense minister and controls economic and energy policy” is said to have “welcomed” Spain’s King Felipe VI at the Zarzuela Palace, a development that worries many.
The Muslim leader also met Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy and Defence Minister Maria Dolores de Cospedal while in Spain where “six agreements in the areas of defense, air transport, culture, technology and labor and social development” were signed.
The problem here is that, by all accounts, the new Saudi leadership really is trying to bring progress and temperance to the nation. They have a long way to go, but that is not the largest concern here.
While the Islamic nation will never much resemble the West, it is the fear that darker forces and influences could one day again take over the kingdom and benefit from the deals made by more moderate minds.
While chasing the bottom line, it seems that some Spanish officials have forgotten this concern.
They may yet live to rue the day.