Tuesday, December 06, 2011

6-Dec-11: A meaningful Saudi contribution to Middle East peace

Something to think about while we remind ourselves of the deeply dangerous and indispensable role of the House of Saud in enabling Islamist terrorism globally. 
"Saudi may join nuclear arms race"
2011-12-05 21:23
Riyadh - Saudi Arabia may consider acquiring nuclear weapons to match regional rivals Israel and Iran, its former intelligence chief Prince Turki al-Faisal said on Monday. "Our efforts and those of the world have failed to convince Israel to abandon its weapons of mass destruction, as well as Iran... therefore it is our duty towards our nation and people to consider all possible options, including the possession of these weapons," Faisal told a security forum in Riyadh. "A [nuclear] disaster befalling one of us would affect us all," said Faisal. Israel is widely held to possess hundreds of nuclear missiles, which it neither confirms nor denies, while the West accuses Iran of seeking an atomic bomb, a charge the Islamic republic rejects.
A couple of direct quotations now from first-tier news sources to place this disturbing report in context:
  • "Saudi Arabia remains the world's leading source of money for Al Qaeda and other extremist networks and has failed to take key steps requested by U.S. officials to stem the flow" [LA Times]
  • "Saudi Arabia is the world's largest source of funds for Islamist militant groups such as the Afghan Taliban and Lashkar-e-Taiba – but the Saudi government is reluctant to stem the flow of money, according to Hillary Clinton. "More needs to be done since Saudi Arabia remains a critical financial support base for al-Qaida, the Taliban, LeT and other terrorist groups," says a secret December 2009 paper signed by the US secretary of state. Her memo urged US diplomats to redouble their efforts to stop Gulf money reaching extremists in Pakistan and Afghanistan. "Donors in Saudi Arabia constitute the most significant source of funding to Sunni terrorist groups worldwide," she said." [The Guardian]
And some solid background from the Congressional Research Service ("Saudi Arabia: Terrorist Financing Issues") here.

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