The League of Arab Nations, or Arab League as it is also known, is a group of 22 countries with predominantly Arab populations and governments. Formed in Cairo, Egypt, in 1945, it originally only contained seven countries. Six countries were involved initially and Yemen was added within three months. Since that time they have added 15 members, along with four observer countries. From the beginning, they have had an antagonistic relationship with Israel.
Each member of the Arab League has one vote within the League Council. The countries are only held responsive to any particular issue if they have voted in favor of the motion in the Council. Supporting any measure amounts to approving the measure for any country in favor. The purpose of the Arab League is to promote unity within the Arab region and to give a collective representative position of the Arab League when they are being affected politically. They also established a common market in 1965.
The Arab League has grown considerably since its inception and has done much in the areas of literacy and education for men and women alike. But there has been plenty of discord within the membership, most notably involving Libya under the rule of Muammar Gaddafi. In February of 2011, the league announced that Libya would be excluded from any deliberations of the League Council because the country's military forces are waging war against a revolutionary movement in the eastern region of the country.
In 2011, request for a "no-fly" zone over Libya from the United Nations was granted, only to have NATO forces intervene by bombing the country in an effort to take Gaddafi out of power. The request for no bombing at all became a bombing campaign in support of the rebel forces who were attempting insurgency. Information is unclear on which NATO forces actually performed the strategic hits. European members claimed the action but it could very easily have been the United States military because of the technology used.
The rebels claimed inability to support their mission, but somehow did decide that they needed their very own central bank, which was established. This suggests an undercurrent of financial issues drove the conflict, possibly because Gaddafi had suggested returning to a gold standard for money, which did not sit well with the members of the United Nations who currently control the world banks and markets.
The United States announced the assassination of Gaddafi, and his son and several grandchildren were killed in NATO bombing missions. Some political analysts claim that the reported killing of Osama bin Laden was a warning signal to Gaddafi to surrender or leave. The United States was clearly not as adamant about Hosni Mubarak's departure from Egypt as they were about Gaddafi. In many ways, the US helped build Mubarak's administration, while maintaining strained relations with Libya.
The League of Arab Nations has stated recently that they did not intend for an air-assault campaign to be established for the Libyan conflict. The request for a "no-fly" zone would also include patrols by NATO forces, but NATO has decided that they have a different agenda, possibly based on Gaddafi's attempt to establish a competing form of currency within the league's common market.
It is hard to resist the notion – if one is cynical about these things – that the League is nothing more than a beard for the dollar-reserve currency itself, which is based on a strong relationship between the thuggish Saudi Arabian government and its enabling partner the United States. Since it does not do in the Arab world to show too much deference to the "Great Satan," the Arab League was developed to disguise the Saudi-American relationship. Indeed, the Saudis go out of their way in numerous manners to emphasize the unique aspects of Middle Eastern tribal society.
But none of this can truly disguise the reality, which is that the Saudi government – a group of American-enabled, white-robed billionaires – is standing along with other elite's behind the world's greatest and most powerful Anglo-American empire. In the 21st century, as this reality becomes more obvious within the larger Arabian community, questions shall be continually raised about why Saudis have agreed to take ONLY dollars for oil. Eventually it would seem that Saudi society will be destabilized by the Saudi-Sheiks' craven enabling of the violent world-government that the Anglo-American empire is trying to install. This has already begun to happen and it is one reason more and more people predict that Saudi Arabia itself will undergo fundamental socio-political change in the not too distant future.