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June 17, 2008
/ 14 Sivan 5768
Foe, not friend
Frank J. Gaffney, Jr.
The United States is in mortal peril from a false friend:
the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. The peril emanates from the totalitarian
legal-religious-military-political code the Saudis call Shariah and
their assiduous efforts to impose it worldwide. The danger is
enormously exacerbated by the almost-complete failure of American
officials at every level of government to acknowledge, let alone act to
prevent, the Saudis' true agenda.
Three examples are instructive:
A recent expose by New York Times reporter Philip Shenon of
congressional and independent investigations of the murderous September
11, 2001 attacks describes evidence of financial, logistical and other
material support by Saudi government personnel to the perpetrators of
those acts of terrorism. In The Commission: The Uncensored History of
the 9/11 Investigation, Shenon suggests that the Bush White House, the
FBI and, not least, Saudi Ambassador Prince Bandar went to considerable
lengths to suppress such evidence.
In the end, what is known is principally circumstantial -
notably, a seeming Saudi covert operative in Southern California housed
and facilitated the movements of two of the 9/11 hijackers, was in
frequent communication with a Wahhabi cleric working in the U.S. under
Saudi diplomatic cover and received before the attacks funds drawn on an
account Bandar's wife used to support "charities." It nonetheless seems
reasonable to conclude that, had these leads been scrupulously pursued
rather than covered up, we would have a far better appreciation of the
enmity felt towards this country by all too many of our so-called Saudi
"friends" and "allies."
What is more, in a lawsuit brought by the insurance
companies who paid out over $5 billion dollars to the victims of the
9/11 attacks, lawyers from the Philadelphia-based firm of Cozen O'Connor
are uncovering details of Saudi government involvement in financing
"foreign" jihad to keep it out of the Kingdom. Not surprisingly, they
have uncovered connections missed by the 9/11 Commission.
That enmity can unmistakably be found, however, in textbooks
the government of Saudi Arabia supplies religious schools (known as
"madrassas") around the world, including the Islamic Saudi Academy it
operates in Alexandria, Virginia. Last week, the U.S. Commission on
International Religious Freedom (USCIRF) revealed that these texts
encourage children to regard non-Muslims and even other Muslims with
hostility and hatred and suggests that it is permissible to take "their
blood and treasure." Jihad is described as "the pinnacle of Islam,"
without clarifying the term's meaning to be just a struggle of the
spirit - rather than its typical interpretation: holy war.
Importantly, the USCIRF found itself thwarted at every turn
by the U.S. Department of State. Foggy Bottom endlessly ran
interference for the Saudis: State blithely assured the Commission that
Saudi Arabia had promised to rewrite its teaching materials so as to
eliminate offensive passages. It half-heartedly pressed Riyadh for
copies of the textbooks actually used at the Academy, then withheld from
the USCIRF the books it did receive.
The proof now in hand, no thanks to the State Department,
makes clear the virulently intolerant nature of what the Saudis insist
is the authoritative form of Islamic law or Shariah. It should be
sufficient grounds for acting on an earlier recommendation by the
Commission on International Religious Freedom: Close the Saudi
embassy-run madrassa in our midst, once and for all.
That outcome will be the demand of community activists, champions of
religious freedom and national security professionals who will be
demonstrating at the Islamic Saudi Academy's Alexandria campus at 8:00
a.m. this Tuesday morning. They are protesting a decision taken a
fortnight ago by the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors to renew a
county-held lease on this facility - a decision that was shameful and
irresponsible then, and that is, in the wake of the USCIRF findings,
utterly untenable now.
Even the Saudis' reported, new-found willingness to increase
oil production by half-a-million barrels per day should not be confused
with acts of friendship. After all, twice in recent months King Abdullah
contemptuously rebuffed pleas from President Bush for just such relief
from the damage caused by soaring petroleum prices. Only when that
damage appeared likely to trigger a renewed U.S. determination finally
to end America's "addiction to oil" have the Saudis seen any need to
bring down prices at the pump.
Fortunately, the latest Saudi gambit may be too little, too late to
perpetuate our present enslavement by OPEC, the Saudi-led oil cartel
that has been waging economic warfare against the United States for
decades and lately with increasingly devastating effects. Thanks to the
likes of Robert Zubrin, author of the highly acclaimed Energy Victory:
Winning the War on Terror by Breaking Free of Oil, Fox New's popular
prime-time host Bill O'Reilly and a growing number of legislators, the
American people are awakening to the fact that we have an alternative:
Flexible Fuel Vehicles - cars that at a nominal cost can use existing
technology to run on alcohol-based fuels (such as ethanol, methanol or
butanol), gasoline or some combination thereof. (More information about
these "Freedom Fuels" and the Open Fuel Standard that will allow them to
help end the dangerous tyranny of Saudi Arabia and OPEC is at
As the Saudis are not actually our friends, they will do everything
possible to prevent such a development - just as they have assiduously
sought to suppress information about other aspects of the seditious,
totalitarian agenda they call Shariah. We can no longer pretend that
Saudi efforts to impose that agenda, here as well as abroad, are
consistent with our national security and other interests. And we can
no longer tolerate actions by those in the U.S. government aimed at
obscuring such behavior, when the practical effect of doing so is to
enable it to advance our destruction.
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