Frank Gaffney

2)  Stop certifying and placing Wahhabi chaplains in the U.S. military -- enabling them to convert service personnel (perhaps including Sergeant Asan Akbar, who allegedly “fragged” his commanding officers just before the 101st Airborne’s “jump-off” into Iraq) to a murderously hostile view of this country and its foreign policy purposes.

3)  Stop trying -- through, for example, the underwriting of by some estimates 80% of the mortgages of American mosques -- to dominate the Muslim community in this country and to make it an instrument for transforming this nation into an intolerantly Islamist one.

4) Stop Wahhabi-funded and -orchestrated  indoctrination and recruitment efforts on more than 500 college campuses around the United States.

5) Stop funding organizations in this country that purport to be “mainstream” Muslim- and Arab-American groups but that, in fact, express sympathy for Wahhabist and other terrorist groups and work to advance their agenda in this country and around the world.  Their political- influence operations -- aimed at the White House, the Congress, the media and law enforcement -- arguably pose an even greater long-term danger than the homicidal attacks they excuse and otherwise enable.

Of course, when challenged, such organizations usually seek to justify their activities with the contention that “one man’s terrorist is another man’s freedom fighter.”  For years, the Saudis have made a similar excuse for the foregoing activities -- claiming that they did not amount to support for terror, just legitimate efforts to proselytize on behalf of their state religion, the Wahhabi sect of Islam.

This, then, will fulfill the many, sweeping promises Mr. al-Jubeir is making.  Will they truly renounce terror and end official and officially-sanctioned support or it -- even if that means abandoning the central organizing principle and justification for Wahhabism: the subordination to its discipline, by force if necessary, of all other Muslims and non-Muslims alike?  Anything less from the Saudis will be tantamount to them remaining, as President Bush has put it, “with the terrorists” and condemn them to being treated accordingly.

Frank Gaffney

Frank Gaffney Jr. is the founder and president of the Center for Security Policy and author of War Footing: 10 Steps America Must Take to Prevail in the War for the Free World .
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