by Darius Shahtahmasebi, The Anti Media:
Saudi Arabian support for terrorism is something most people are aware of, but in the face of Saudi Arabian and American denials of this reality, presenting it as an undisputed fact is frustratingly difficult without an official confirmation.
This is all beginning to change. At least some degree of Saudi Arabian involvement in the September 11 terror attacks has more or less been confirmed. Anyone who has even a limited understanding of the history of al-Qaeda and radical Islamism should be well aware that al-Qaeda was initially a Saudi-U.S. operation devised in the 1980s to repel Soviet influence in the Middle East; bin Laden, himself, was a Saudi national. Sure, fighters were trained in Pakistan and Afghanistan, but the money — and a bulk of its members — came from the Islamic Kingdom.
Even someone with only a superficial understanding of Saudi Arabia would undoubtedly question the U.S alliance with the Kingdom given that the regime adheres to a strict interpretation of sharia law, which they use to justify a complete erosion of basic rights, including an almost non-existence of women’s rights. Saudi Arabia is a place where political dissidence is quashed through execution and where many clerics advocate the same ideology ISIS is using to hold the people of Syria and Iraq hostage.
Saudi Arabia’s actions in Yemen have seen them engage militarily with the Houthi Ansurallah rebels (the sworn enemy of ISIS and al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP). They have committed a civilian massacre and caused a humanitarian catastrophe in the process. Yet as they wage their brutal bombing campaign, they have never once e targeted an ISIS stronghold, raising questions regarding the Kingdom’s commitment to combating extremism. This strategy, coupled with their support for shadowy rebel groups in Syria, including Jabhat al-Nusra and al-Sham, has made it increasingly difficult for the Saudi establishment to control the dialogue regarding who sponsors evil terrorism and who does not.
Don’t believe me? Take a look at the comments section on any Washington Post editorial that attempts to convince us otherwise.
Now, it seems a former U.S. ambassador named Zalmay Khalilzad has had the pleasure of bearing witness to a Saudi official not only admitting Saudi Arabia’s support for terrorism but also offering a full explanation as to how religion became such a useful political tool for the Saudi establishment:
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