Directly on the heels of news that the House of Saud has decided to ?crack down? on one of its most notorious ?charities? comes news that a freshly released poll shows that nearly half of Saudis support the views and propaganda of Osama bin Laden.
Which means that even if the Saudi government does finally do something about the petrodollar pipeline that feeds Islamic terrorists?because this time they ?really mean it??Saudi cash will still be responsible for most terrorism around the world.
Just look at the survey released this week.
From August to November of last year?within months of the May al Qaeda attack in Riyadh that killed 36 people?15,000 Saudis were questioned about a range of topics, including their views on Osama bin Laden.
In results that could only be surprising to the deluded?i.e. the Saudi royal family and their best friends at the U.S. State Department?almost 50% of Saudis polled expressed a favorable opinion of bin Laden?s ?sermons and rhetoric.?
How could this happen in a country filled with college graduates (many educated in the West) and in a country that is (officially) an ally of the U.S.?
It?s the education, stupid.
For several decades now, Saudi schoolchildren have become mere vessels for radical Islamic fundamentalism, with its profound hatred of the West in general, and Jews and America in particular.
Nawaf Obaid, a Saudi national security consultant who conducted the survey, told CNN yesterday that Saudis expressed greatest support for bin Laden?s diatribes against ?America and the Zionist conspiracy.?
This anti-Semitic fish rots from the head down. After a terrorist attack on an oil refinery in northern Saudi, Crown Prince Abdullah blamed it on the Jews.
In a video provided and translated by the absolutely incomparable Middle East Media Research Institute, Abdullah ?explains? to a dinner party gathering that evening, ?I don?t say I mean it?s not 100 percent, but 95 percent that the Zionist hands are behind what happened.?
That 15 of the 9/11 terrorists came from the kingdom was no accident. Not only did Saudi Arabia enjoy the loosest visa requirements anywhere in the world?including in granting visas to the 15 terrorists, none of whom actually qualified for one under the law?but it had the largest stockpile of brainwashed young men.
But bin Laden could have just as easily recruited 150 or 1,500 Saudis for 9/11. There was nothing special about the 15; only one served as one of the four ?pilots,? the rest acted as ?muscle.? They were disturbingly representative of their fellow countrymen.
Joel Mowbray, who got his start with Townhall.com, is an award-winning investigative journalist, nationally-syndicated columnist and author of Dangerous Diplomacy: How the State Department Threatens America's Security.
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