The Saudi Reign of Terror

[New York Sun] Youssef Ibrahim - Saudi Arabia has become a world-class exporter of Islamist violence. Well over 3,000 Saudi citizens roaming the world - and just as many schemers actively involved at home - are managing terrorist networks and planning and executing suicide bombings and jihadist attacks that span the globe. More than 1,000 Saudis are currently training in a Qaeda camp in Syria, which itself is the subject of contentious negotiations between Saudi Arabia and the Syrians, who still refuse to arrest them or shut down the camp. Young Saudi men are also training in al-Qaeda camps in Pakistan, Afghanistan, and Iran. At least 700 Saudi nationals are held in Iraqi and another 100 in Jordanian jails, all of them charged with terrorist acts. The main funding source for every radical Islamist movement in the world today, from the Muslim Brotherhood to Hamas, has Saudi origins, and their funders include the country's billionaire businessmen and its royal family. The question is why the Saudis keep doing it and why America looks the other way.

2007-09-21 01:00:00

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