Monday, October 17, 2005

The Counterterrorism Blog Looks Into the Face of Evil

Saudi Arabia is killing us. Their cynical, intensive, and unrelenting efforts to destroy America has many faces, all of them evil.

The Counterterrorism blog is probably the best place to go for broad, in-depth and judicious information about Saudi Arabia, about the clear and present danger of the Saudi government to our welfare as a country -- not to mention the menace it entails for you, personally.

Any serious homeland threats that exist on this continent have Saudi money behind them. To see for yourself, go over to Counterterrorism. You could start almost anywhere, but here’s as good a place as any to begin. Back in August, they asked:
     Who is the New Saudi Ambassador and Why Don't We Care?
I have waited in vain for someone in the major media to run something telling the American people who the new Saudi ambassador to the United States--Prince Turki al-Faisal--really is. Yet his naming has passed almost unnoticed and uncommented since it was made last month.
It is important to understand that Prince Turki not only has ties to U.S. intelligence dating back to the BCCI scandal of the 1980s. But more importantly, he was was head of Saudi intelligence for 24 years, and as such one of the chief propagators of the spread of wahhabism around the world. He also supported radical Islamic and wahhabist causes without hesitation or reserve. He resigned his intelligence position a month before 9-11, and, since 2002 was Saudi ambassador to Great Britain.
He was one of the primary architects and bagmen for the Saudi funding of the Taliban's victory in Afghanistan. He supervised the purchase of some 400 pickup trucks for the Taliban's final push to victory in 1996, and worked closely with Pakistani intelligence to arm, train and supply the Taliban long after the Taliban took in Osama bin Laden as a special guest. He has helped spread around the world the wildly anti-Jewish hate literature that the Saudi government prints and Saudi intelligence helps distribute. This includes calls to kill all Jews, along with calls to wage war against Christianity. These are not passing references, but the heart of wahhabi teachings, which Prince Turki has overseen and spread.
So this is what the Saudis send over here?

Notice this crucial term in the passage above: “Wahhabi teachings.” It is the worm in the apple, the virus in the pandemic of Islamofascism:
     The West is gearing up to stop the much-feared pandemic of Avian flu at its sources. Two decades ago, it should have done the same to stop the pandemic of Wahhabism and Islamo–Fascism. Our inaction facilitated the funding of terrorism that has killed and maimed many thousands and infected tens of millions around the world.
Last Friday, ABC aired Barbara Walters’ interview with Saudi King Abdullah. Like Dan Rather’s chat with Saddam Hussein, and Duranty's love affair with Stalin, this incident is disgusting simply because it was permitted to happen, simply because this woman sat down and talked with a representative of the face of evil and then ABC broadcast the results. This quisling of a legacy media journalist deserves nothing but opprobrium for her softball routine with our enemy.

Ms. Walters especially earns our scorn for talking to this scrofulous member of the rotting dynasty of Saud without once letting the word "Wahhabi" pass her lips. Millions have died because of these people, including thousands of Americans, and she accords him respect and gives him a platform from which to lie to the American public. Has she no shame? None. Not a molecule’s worth. Read it and weep that these two reprehensible people were allowed to indulge in mutual masturbation in public:
     WALTERS: Fifteen of the 19 hijackers were Saudis, is this something that has caused you great grief? Would you like to say anything to the American people about that?
ABDULLAH: Yes, of course it had, and we were shocked. It has had a negative impact on all Saudis because this is not who we are nor is it what our faith teaches us. We as Arabs are always loyal to our friends and we value such friendships.
WALTERS: Well, officially our two countries are friends and allies, but unofficially there seems to be some suspicion and even hatred. Why do you think this is?
ABDULLAH: Yes, the Saudi people have some disagreements with the United States, in particular when it comes to the issue of the Palestinian question, the war in Afghanistan and the war with Iraq, and I believe this may have influenced the opinion of the Saudi public towards the United States ... What we ask for is that justice and equity prevail among all of the ethnic groups in Iraq. We believe that all Iraq is one country in which all Iraqis live in peace and justice. The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia until today has not interfered in Iraq's affairs. We have not done so because we don't want to open ourselves up to charges or accusations that we are ... that we have a hand in the disintegration of ... of Iraq. We also have been accused in the past of having a hand in what happened in Iraq, in particular with regards to terrorism and the violence, and we are innocent of these charges. And we have remained neutral in spite of the injustices that we see currently going on.
WALTERS: Let's talk about Iran ... Iran has become more powerful as a result of the turmoil in Iraq. Do you see that as a concern for Saudi Arabia?
ABDULLAH: The questioner is often times more knowledgeable than the questionee.
WALTERS: (Laughs) So, you are not worried about Iran becoming more powerful?
ABDULLAH: Iran is a friendly country. Iran is a Muslim country. We hope that Iran will not become an obstacle to peace and security in Iraq. This is what we hope for and this is what we believe the Iraqi people hope for.
ABDULLAH: The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, like other countries in the region, rejects the acquisition of nuclear weapons by anyone, especially nuclear weapons in the Middle East region. We hope that such weapons will be banned or eliminated from the region by every country in the region.
**Gag** This disgusting exchange is truly Orwellian. One hopes that these two eventually come to reside as neighbors in the same Circle in Dante’s inferno. Surely some set-aside exists there for Royal Suck-Ups like Walters?

But finally, the giant wheels of bureaucracy are beginning to creakily move toward doing something about this Faustian bargain our country has made with the Saudis. In September, the GAO published their Report to Congressional Requesters. According to Information on U.S.Agencies’ Efforts to Address Islamic Extremism (GAO-05-852):
     A number of sources have reported that Saudi private entities and individuals, as well as sources from other countries, are allegedly financing or supporting Islamic extremism. However, U.S. agencies are still examining Saudi Arabia’s relationship, and that of other sources in other countries, to Islamic extremism. For example, in July 2005, a Treasury official testified before Congress that Saudi Arabia-based and -funded organizations remain a key source for the promotion of ideologies used by terrorists and violent extremists around the world to justify their agenda. In addition, according to State’s 2005 International Narcotics Control Strategy Report, Saudi donors and unregulated charities have been a major source of financing to extremist and terrorist groups over the past 25 years. In July 2003, a former State Department official testified before Congress that a Saudi-based charity, al Haramain Islamic Foundation, had allegedly financed assistance to the Egyptian terrorist group Gamma al Islamia. In May 2004, the same former State official also testified that some half dozen of the most visible charities, including two of Saudi Arabia’s largest, the International Islamic Relief Organization and the World Muslim League, have been linked to supporting Islamic terrorist organizations globally. In addition, a former Treasury official identified Wa’el Hamza Julaidan as a senior figure in the Saudi charitable community who provided financial and other support to several terrorist groups affiliated with al Qaeda operating primarily in the Balkans.
Despite the tip-toe through the tulips in the preceding verbiage, things are looking up. The Counterterrorism Blog pointed out that while this report was ignored by the MSM, its cautious conclusions have provided a good vantage point from which to fire the opening salvoes :

October 11, 2005


The Senate Committee on the Judiciary has scheduled a hearing on
“Saudi Arabia: Friend or Foe in the War on Terror?”
for Tuesday, October 25, 2005 at 9:30 a.m. in Room 226
of the Senate Dirksen Office Building.

By order of the Chairman

As the CT blog notes:
     The broad title of the hearing gives the Judiciary Committee an unlimited number of bases upon which to challenge King Abdullah's claims. Here's a short list of potential targets based on past CT Blog posts: the presence of a "Hamas command in Saudi Arabia" - the open solicitation of terrorist funds on Saudi TV by the secretary-general of the Saudi government's Muslim World League Koran Memorization Commission - the probable involvement of Saudi-based charities in the Bali bombings in 2002 and two weeks ago - the connections that Ahmed Omar Abu Ali, now held in northern Virginia in connection with terrorism-related charges, developed in Saudi Arabia - the long commitment of the current Saudi Ambassador to the U.S. to radical Islamic and wahhabist causes, including his role as Saudi "bagman" (Doug Farah's term) for the Taliban's victory in Afghanistan - and the role of Saudi citizens and Saudi embassy officials in the U.S. in disseminating hateful anti-American and anti-Israeli propaganda thoughout Islamic schools and mosques in the U.S. (go to the link above to pull the links they have on this information)
The Counterterrorism blog deserves accolades for providing this information. It is the business of the rest of us to disseminate what they find, and to do so as often and as broadly as possible.

Maybe now, twenty years too late, we can begin to break the bond with the devil. This is one case where "better late than never" applies absolutely.

Faster and louder, please.


Jason Pappas said...

Brava! I didn't have the time for such a detailed and powerful article when I wrote mine this morning during my early break. But I’m proud to direct my readers to this hard-hitting expose.

Fighting Islamists while ignoring the Saudi influence is absurd. It is like fighting communism during the Cold War while pretending the Kremlin is just a colorful tourist destination.

Jesse Clark said...

Taken from above:

"One hopes that these two eventually come to reside as neighbors in the same Circle in Dante’s inferno."

Touché! Well played, Dymphna!

Dymphna said...

Thanks, jp...but really, all I did was weave the previous work of Counterterrorism. Those people are indefatigible...always wanted to use that word.

But they are. We all need to go by there daily. It is not a place you can spend a moment at and move on. Their collection of news in this area is comprehensive.

Papa Ray said...

The U.S., Saudi relationship can be likened to Incest. To all outward appearances everything is above board and normal. But behind closed doors and in the dark of secrets, there are things going on that can not be talked of...ever.

Because if they do, no matter which one decides that they can not continue this incestous union, this partaking and mutual satisfaction of the bribes, cohersion and threats, will mean that the whole world will know and gasp at this heinous incestous union.

A terrible union that for eons has become more twisted and deceitful with blackmail on both sides at almost every mating.

Family secrets are the worst kind.

Papa Ray
West Texas

Anonymous said...

Excellent post! The Counterterrorism blog is an outstanding resource for finding out what is happening in the world of terrorism. I especially enjoyed your remark about the Barbara Walters interview. I wonder how much, if not all, of the interview was scripted by SA. And didn't she look lovely in her black abaya? She had a chance to redeem herself when talking with John Stossel about the interview. She said something to the effect that she was so flattered to be recognized on the streets of Riyadh. Her take on that was (paraphrase)--"maybe we CAN make a difference." As long as you know your place Barbara---could she really be that clueless?

Horace Jeffery Hodges said...

This post reminds me that I need to check the Counterterrorism Blog more often.

Jeffery Hodges

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John Sobieski said...

Bush considers the Saudis part of the 'family' which I find repulsive. And that is only one of the problems to ending this pretense.

Dymphna said...


See Papa Ray, above.

Evan said...

Yet his naming has passed almost unnoticed and uncommented since it was made last month.

IIRC the Saudis once either refused to accept or ultimately insisted on the recall of a U.S. ambassador who spoke fluent Arabic and wanted to get out into Saudi society and find out what was what. They evidently prefer their envoys to be house pets, utterly dependent on the cosmopolitan, culturally multilingual, English-speaking subset of Saudi society.

Unknown said...

A few random observations, Dymphna.

First, my own explanation (and one that I've mentioned elsewhere) for Turki al-Faisal's new position is that he believes that all hell is about to break loose in the KSA and he's looking for a safe place to land. What better place for the longtime head of the secret police to avoid his countrymen?

Second, you really have to hand it to Abdullah. I was genuinely impressed. He went on a public relations offensive just before a Congressional report was to be released that basically said that the Sauds hadn't really done very much to fight the spread of terrorism.

Third, I don't think it's 100% accurate to say that the Sauds are spreading Wahhabism. What they're spreading is their generally bogus claim to be legitimate protectors of the Muslim holy places. That sustains the political legitimacy of their claim to the whole country rather than just their little corner in the desert. That Wahhabism is spread with the claim is just a side effect.