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Why Would Saudi Arabia Get Attacked?


Noam Chomsky wrote in an email to of the allegation that Iran was behind the attacks in Saudi Arabia: “Easy to think of a rationale, with the U.S. (along with the Saudis) working to destroy not only [Iran’s] petroleum system but their whole economy, a consideration that seems to be left out of commentary that reflexively accepts that what the U.S. is doing, however shocking, cannot really be that bad, perhaps an error in judgment. The Houthi also have more than enough reason.

“Washington has provided no meaningful evidence. And there’s little in the way of independent evidence. I think a fair speculation at this point is that it was a Houthi operation with some indirect Iranian support, maybe just weapons supply. But just speculation.”

GARETH PORTER, porter.gareth50 at, @GarethPorter
Independent investigative journalist Porter has written many pieces on the region including “The U.S. Provided Cover for the Saudi Starvation Strategy in Yemen” and “Time to End the Ruinous U.S. Alliance with Saudi Arabia.” He is author of the book Manufactured Crisis: The Untold Story of the Iran Nuclear Scare.

Porter tweeted yesterday afternoon: “Today’s NYT story reveals those satellite photos cited as proof the strikes on #Saudi oil facilities at #Abqaiq weren’t launched from #Yemen actually don’t show that at all. But most readers may not have seen it, because it was buried in the 10th graf.”

And: “Here’s the previous time Pompeo claimed a drone strike on Saudi came from Iraq and WSJ reported it. This is yet another point where journalists must either serve the interests of the powerful or keep questioning until the truth has clearly been established.”