The President had a productive trip last week (according to his inner circle)…while in Saudi he opened up a new state of the art center for counter-terrorism….plus the US has handed the Saudis a blank check to get this done.
We are giving the Saudis the lead role in the region fighting the terrorists….. to me this is folly.
Why? The Saudis are the leaders of Wahhabism which is what ISIS and AQ have fashioned their organizations around.
For more than two centuries, Wahhabism has been Saudi Arabia’s dominant faith. It is an austere form of Islam that insists on a literal interpretation of the Koran. Strict Wahhabis believe that all those who don’t practice their form of Islam are heathens and enemies. Critics say that Wahhabism’s rigidity has led it to misinterpret and distort Islam, pointing to extremists such as Osama bin Laden and the Taliban. Wahhabism’s explosive growth began in the 1970s when Saudi charities started funding Wahhabi schools (madrassas) and mosques from Islamabad to Culver City, California. Here are excerpts from FRONTLINE’s interviews with Mai Yamani, an anthropologist who studies Saudi society; Vali Nasr, an authority on Islamic fundamentalism; Maher Hathout, spokesperson for the Islamic Center of Southern California; and Ahmed Ali, a Shi’a Muslim from Saudi Arabia. (Also see the Links and Readings section of this site for more analyses of Wahhabism and Saudi Arabia.)
One CANNOT understand ISIS and AQ unless they understand Saudi Arabia….
The dramatic arrival of Da’ish (ISIS) on the stage of Iraq has shocked many in the West. Many have been perplexed — and horrified — by its violence and its evident magnetism for Sunni youth. But more than this, they find Saudi Arabia’s ambivalence in the face of this manifestation both troubling and inexplicable, wondering, “Don’t the Saudis understand that ISIS threatens them, too?”
It appears — even now — that Saudi Arabia’s ruling elite is divided. Some applaud that ISIS is fighting Iranian Shiite “fire” with Sunni “fire”; that a new Sunni state is taking shape at the very heart of what they regard as a historical Sunni patrimony; and they are drawn by Da’ish’s strict Salafist ideology.
For more info on this situation……
So let us take a look see……
We have handed a blank check to the very people that spawned the religious BS on ISIS and AQ….what part of that makes sense?
Even the American Conservative cannot see a way forward with this decision…….
But what was that orb? The answer was: the official launch button for a new Global Centre for Combating Extremist Ideology in Riyadh. Not a single commentator considered for one second that this might be rather an important departure for the Saudi regime and potentially a real contribution to the campaign of “ideological warfare” that Trump proposed last year.
No one considered this because no one believes that there was any “real departure” on the Saudis’ part, and Trump’s goofy photo-op with the king didn’t change that. Imagine being credulous enough to accept at face value that a Saudi run center for “combating extremist ideology” is useful. At best, it is a show put on for appearances’ sake for the benefit of gullible Western audiences. The purpose of that show is to distract attention from the effects of actual Saudi policies in the surrounding region. It won’t come as a shock that Ferguson doesn’t talk about any of those policies or their effects.
Most of the attackers on 9/11 were Saudis….the Saudis practice an extreme form of Islam, the same brand as ISIS and AQ and yet Trump wants the world to believe that they will take on the extremists and win.
You people are high!
Whose idea was this half ass plan?
We really need to find people that have an idea about the region and stop depending on morons that get paid by lobbyist to make our decisions.
This whole exercise is a waste of time and money.
On a side note: Speaking of the Saudis…..sucks being this guy!
Maybe no would be a good time for a Royal intervention….at least whack his pee pee for being an idiot.