Saudi Arabia’s rulers threatened to make it easier for terrorists to attack London unless corruption investigations into their arms deals were halted, according to court documents revealed yesterday.
Previously secret files describe how investigators were told they faced “another 7/7” and the loss of “British lives on British streets” if they pressed on with their inquiries and the Saudis carried out their threat to cut off intelligence.
Prince Bandar, the head of the Saudi national security council, and son of the crown prince, was alleged in court to be the man behind the threats to hold back information about suicide bombers and terrorists. He faces accusations that he himself took more than £1bn in secret payments from the arms company BAE.
— Max Keiser, globetrotting reporter and host of Decline of the Dollar on the BBC
The events of September 11th raised a question for the American people: “Why do they hate us?” Specifically, why did nineteen, mostly Saudi men, led by a Saudi fanatic, collide commercial airplanes into the Pentagon and World Trade Center? In search of possible answers, scholars have gravitated towards two schools of thought. One blames American policies and “arrogance,” while the other examines forces within Saudi Arabia that serve as an incubator of religious extremism. The latter is definitely the more credible explanation. (but both have weight – c.)
These included bin Laden’s teacher, the Palestinian preacher Abdullah Azzam; they were given effective control of the educational establishment, cultivating the environment of fanaticism from which Osama bin Laden and his associates emerged.
In the early 1980s, the Saudis began exporting Wahhabism across the globe, especially Central Asia. Azzam personally went to Pakistan with the support of the Muslim World League (MWL), a massive Saudi-funded enterprise that poses as a charity. Azzam was aided by a branch of the MWL known as the International Islamic Relief Organization (IIRO), which laid the foundations for the Afghan resistance fighting occupying Soviet forces.
After the Soviet withdrawal from Afghanistan, the jihadists turned their attention to the West. Christians and Jews are also seen as practitioners of polytheism by Wahhabists demanding nothing short of holy war. IIRO offices were rapidly opened up across the world, stretching from the Philippines to Bosnia, to provide spiritual and financial support to terrorists. During its Operation Defensive Shield campaign against the Palestinian terrorist infrastructure in April 2002, Israel uncovered IIRO documents conclusively proving Saudi financial connections to the terrorist group Hamas. One released document indicated allocations totaling $280,000 for Hamas-affiliated “charities.” Canada has initiated legal proceedings against the chief of a local IIRO branch, who astonishingly proclaimed that he was an agent of Saudi Arabia (ostensibly to secure diplomatic immunity). Even the Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas has written to Prince Salman (a brother of King Fahd and the governor of Riyadh), complaining about Saudi money given to the Islamic Society, a Hamas organization that, by its own admission, is preparing the next generation of suicide bombers.
Saudi Arabia’s official complicity in terror is undeniable. The government has and continues to finance international terrorism, even after September 11th. It exports not only its ideologically intolerant brand of Wahhabi Islam but also tens of millions of dollars to incite, foment, and inspire political violence. The U.S. can and must combat this source of terrorism. America’s expanded military presence and greater political influence following the war in Iraq give it more leverage than ever to influence the kingdom.
— The Saudi State and Terrorism, April 4, 2003 by Dore Gold
Is this the government’s plan for getting us out of debt? Arms sales to the wolf in sheep’s clothing (and Bush Family East)? Let’s just hand over the keys to the missle silos now and get it over with…