With a few arguable exceptions, no American president has ever bowed to a foreign monarch, yet Barack Obama has, controversially, bowed to the “King” of Saudi Arabia.
Now, in one sense, the “King” of Saudi Arabia is as much royalty as anyone, but the “Saudis”–the family who currently rule much of “Arabia” (minus Yemen, Qatar, etc.)–have only been its “monarchs” for a little over half a century.
But visiting Queen Elizabeth II, he did not bow or show any other signs of respect. Indeed, it made headlines that QEII–who certainly doesn’t deserve the title of monarch for horrible way she manages her country, her empire (I’m sorry; “Commonwealth”), the Church of England or her family itself–broke protocol by putting he rarm around Michelle Obama.
But unlike those who see in Obama’s gesture a subtle statement of his allegedly surreptitious Mohammedism, I would suggest a different interpretation:
Saudi Arabia is probably the only country in the world, other than maybe Switzerland, that is financially solvent.
Everyone owes money to everyone else. And, ultimatelly, when you trace all the debt back to its origins, where do you come up??
A couple huge international banks, couple billionaire families that own the banks, and the Arabs.
Basically, everyone in the world is in debt to the Arabs. Saudi Arabia bought into Citibank a couple years ago, when the first signs of the worldwide economic collapse were showing up.
A year ago, I went to a conference by Fr. “Bing” Arellano, in which he talked about a bunch of conspiracy theories when I was expecting spirituality, and came out of it thinking he was a total nutcase. But much of what he said then has proven true in the past year: including the recent report that China is calling for a one world currency.
So, was Obama just bowing because he knows that Saudi Arabia will be calling the world’s debt pretty soon?