Perhaps the biggest state sponsor of Islamic terrorism in the world, Saudi Arabai is very upset they can no longer pull the strings in Washington. They had a wonderful relationship with the Bush Administration whereby Prince Bandar said something in private and President George W. Bush repeated it in public. According to the New York Post the Bush Administration even covered up the Saudi government’s complicity in the attacks of 9/11.
But now the American public seem fed up with being the unwitting thug squad for the House of Saud or at least fed up with the consequences. The grand sectarian cold war in the Middle East between Sunni based Saudi Arabia and Shiite based Iran is not really our concern. America’s interest in the Middle East was energy which we now produce enough of domestically.
However, the Saudis aren’t going to take America’s new independence lying down and still plan to fund Al-Qaeda and other jihadist groups in Syria. The Saudi government has even brazenly penned an op-ed in the New York Times pledging to do so.
We believe that many of the West’s policies on both Iran and Syria risk the stability and security of the Middle East. This is a dangerous gamble, about which we cannot remain silent, and will not stand idly by…
The foreign policy choices being made in some Western capitals risk the stability of the region and, potentially, the security of the whole Arab world. This means the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia has no choice but to become more assertive in international affairs: more determined than ever to stand up for the genuine stability our region so desperately needs.
The op-ed was penned by a member of the Saudi royal family and is a rather open admission and further commitment to funding terrorism. Of course you can only drone strike poor Muslims so I guess when oil billionaires and their progeny flagrantly and materially support Al-Qaeda we all have to just shrug right?
Meanwhile Saudi Arabia has emptied its prisons, including death row inmates, to fund the jihad in Syria and now that the “Free Syrian Army” has collapsed more of their oil money will have to flow to more extreme groups to take down the Alawite Assad government and his Shitte allies. The Saudis have been funding Al-Qaeda since its inception, now they will have to double down.
Are they really our friends? Or is it time to consider sanctions against Saudi Arabia for funding groups at war with America?
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