The United States is in mortal peril from a false friend: the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. The peril emanates from the totalitarian legal-religious-military-political code the Saudis call Shariah and their assiduous efforts to impose it worldwide. The danger is enormously exacerbated by the almost-complete failure of American officials at every level of government to acknowledge, let alone act to prevent, the Saudis’ true agenda.
Three examples are instructive:
* A recent expose by New York Times reporter Philip Shenon of congressional and independent investigations of the murderous September 11, 2001 attacks describes evidence of financial, logistical and other material support by Saudi government personnel to the perpetrators of those acts of terrorism. In The Commission: The Uncensored History of the 9/11 Investigation, Shenon suggests that the Bush White House, the FBI and, not least, Saudi Ambassador Prince Bandar went to considerable lengths to suppress such evidence.
In the end, what is known is principally circumstantial – notably, a seeming Saudi covert operative in Southern California housed and facilitated the movements of two of the 9/11 hijackers, was in frequent communication with a Wahhabi cleric working in the U.S. under Saudi diplomatic cover and received before the attacks funds drawn on an account Bandar’s wife used to support “charities.” It nonetheless seems reasonable to conclude that, had these leads been scrupulously pursued rather than covered up, we would have a far better appreciation of the enmity felt towards this country by all too many of our so-called Saudi “friends” and “allies.”
What is more, in a lawsuit brought by the insurance companies who paid out over $5 billion dollars to the victims of the 9/11 attacks, lawyers from the Philadelphia-based firm of Cozen O’Connor are uncovering details of Saudi government involvement in financing “foreign” jihad to keep it out of the Kingdom. Not surprisingly, they have uncovered connections missed by the 9/11 Commission.
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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