As with the Saudis’ selective fight with al Qaeda – working with us to repress that terrorist organization’s operations inside Saudi Arabia but helping enable its operations abroad, thanks to support from Saudi royals, government agencies, businesses, front groups and “charities” – playing double-games at America’s expense does not qualify one for “reliable ally” status.
The question is: If Americans were made fully aware of the nature and extent of the Saudis’ double game, would they support the pending arms deal? At the very least, it seems unlikely they would support policies, such as the decimation of Israel now being pursued by the Bush administration in part in the hope that Saudi Arabia will play a moderating role in the region, helping to birth a peaceable Palestinian state and a stable, pro-U.S. Middle East.
Before acquiescing to the pending Saudi arms sale, it therefore behooves legislators to establish the extent to which the Kingdom and its surrogates are contributing materially to the imperiling of the United States’ constitutional form of government, its society and its capitalist economic system.
For example, our representatives should determine and make public information about Saudi involvement in the following hostile activities:
* Promoting Shariah, what amounts to a theo-political-legal code that repressively governs Saudi society and that the Saudis (and other Islamofascists) seek to impose on all of us, Muslims and non-Muslims, alike. Such an agenda involves, among other horrors, the overthrow of representative governments like ours – violently if necessary – and is, therefore, patently seditious and illegal.
* Funding and operating thousands of mosques, madrassas and Islamic centers around the United States and elsewhere around the world in the service of the Saudi’s Shariah program. An as-yet-unpublished survey of 100 of these facilities in America has confirmed that the vast majority of them feature incitement through sermons and proselytizing by Saudi-trained imams and/or hateful Saudi-produced literature, videos and textbooks.
* Founding and underwriting a network of organizations the Department of Justice has determined are Muslim Brotherhood front groups including such so-called “mainstream” entities as the Islamic Society of North America and the Council on American-Islamic Relations. As the Justice Department has also demonstrated, the Brotherhood has a stated objective of destroying America from within. This goal is being advanced via their recruitment in America’s prison systems and military and their penetration and suborning of the U.S. government.
* Last but hardly least, seeking to co-opt and exploit America’s capital markets via investments said to be “Shariah-compliant.” The arbiters of such compliance are Saudi-trained “authorities” whose stated purpose is to promote Shariah. The more candid among them have declared such financial arrangements – also doing business as “Islamic banking,” “ethical finance” and “structured finance” – to be “financial jihad,” yet another instrument to be used to bring about the Islamists’ goal of a global caliphate by destroying the West from within.
We will have no one to blame but ourselves if the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia persists in such behavior as we fail to hold them accountable for their actions. The first step towards doing the latter would be to take advantage of the present teaching moment before contemplating further rewarding the Saudis for their double-game.
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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