Ibrahim Karagul: ISIL’s attacks in Iran and the GCC-Qatar crisis could be first moves in the future war over Mecca
Turkish columnist Ibrahim Karagül has been warning that Iran and Saudi Arabia may come to blows in an Islamic civil war over control of the holy site of Mecca.1 In his most recent article he argues that the recent ISIL attacks in Tehran and the ongoing spat between Qatar and the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) nations led by Saudi Arabia may be the first steps leading to such a conflict.2
According to Karagül the US and UK are orchestrating events in the Middle East, and the symphony that is being performed is one in which “All countries are being collapsed, dissolved and divided into a few pieces like Iraq, like Syria, like Libya, like Yemen.” Next in America’s sights such chaos and destabilization are “Turkey, Iran, Saudi Arabia, Pakistan, Indonesia, [and] North Africa.”
During his visit to Saudi Arabia, President Donald Trump instigated the Qatar crisis so as to help precipitate the Iran-Saudi Arabia war, which will bring devastation and chaos to the region. ISIL’s attacks in Tehran was “a complete intelligence operation” presumably by the US, intended “to pit Iran against the Arab world.”
I do not necessarily agree with Karagül’s contentions, but I will say they have some basis in reality. Trump has already tweeted his role in the Qatar crisis: “During my recent trip to the Middle East I stated that there can no longer be funding of Radical Ideology. Leaders pointed to Qatar – look!”3
In what can only be described as a display of asininity, during a House Foreign Affairs Committee hearing Republican congressman Dana Rohrabacher asked whether Trump was making use of ISIL against Iran, and whether such a stratagem would be beneficial to the US. In the context of the Tehran attacks he said (emphasis mine):4
“Isn’t it a good thing for us to have the United States finally backing up Sunnis [ISIL] who will attack Hezbollah and the Shiite threat to us? Isn’t that a good thing? And if so, maybe this is a Trump strategy of actually supporting one group against another considering that you have terrorist organizations.
Maybe it’s a good idea to have radical Muslim terrorists fighting each other?”
Thankfully Dr. Asher answered “Having coordinated the economic warfare plan against the Islamic State, I would not condone an attack by the Islamic State. I would be determined to destroy them.” While Rohrabacher’s question does not prove that the US is utilizing ISIL as a proxy answer, what it does illustrate is that there are US politicians, and one would also assume technocrats, who are open to such ideas. One can only wonder what type of ‘council’ Trump is receiving behind close doors.
Back to Karagül’s article, he warns: “This [Iran-Saudi] war will start the moment the Riyadh front invades Qatar. Nobody will leave that massive natural gas fortune to anyone. This will be followed by the invasion of other Gulf countries. That is when Iran and Iraq’s invasion of Kuwait will become inevitable.” He also predicts “Soon, terrorist attacks that will make Iran, Saudi Arabia and countries in the region go insane will start. A terrorist storm may be started through enmities to prepare the public for war. Everybody needs to be really careful.”
“I think that Tehran’s final showdown is going to be with the Riyadh administration and that Iran’s tanks will perhaps beat on the Kaaba’s doors. This is the great disaster they call civil war.
Those tanks are going to be either Iranian or American tanks. The missiles that hit the Kaaba are going to be Iranian, Houthi or American missiles. Those preparing the regional doomsday, preparing the ground for this through the Qatar crisis, have made all preparations for this too, you can be sure.”
Regardless of whether the US is involved and orchestrating in the manner that Karagül contends, it does seem that a great and terrible war between the Sunnis led by Saudi Arabia and the Shiites led by Iran over Mecca is a very likely possibility.
 http://www.presstv.ir/Detail/2017/06/10/524772/US-Dana-Rohrabacher-Daesh-Trump-Iran-Hezbollah , http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2017-06-12/iran-claims-proof-direct-us-support-isis-days-after-congressman-dana-rohrabacher-flo