Monday, April 12, 2004

Saudi Arabia - some grossly under-reported topics

Dear (various liberal-leaning members of the press),

I am writing because I am hoping someone will take the lead on a story that I feel is grossly under-reported:

Saudi Arabia, Bush's connection to it, and its connection to terrorism via Wahhabism.

The basic questions:

Has President Bush been avoiding putting pressure on Saudi Arabia due to his and his family's long-term connection to Saudi Arabia?

The complexity of this topic, of course, is great, but the basic question of why so little media attention has been put on Saudi Arabia and Wahhabism is unbelievable ... and dangerous. Al Qaeda is Wahhabi. All of the hijackers were Wahhabis--a brand of Islam that is unfortunately infused with Jihadism and hatred for the West, US, Jews, and Shiites.

Could someone please write an article or do a show on how the Wahhabis get money from the House of Saud, and use this money to spread a particularly virulent form of anti-Western hatred to other Muslim countries?

Again, this stuff is so complicated. According to Michael Scott Doran("The Saudi Paradox"), Assistant Professor of Near Eastern Studies at Princeton University and Adjunct Senior Fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations, the Wahhabis hate the Shiites as much, if not more, than they hate Americans and Jews. Bin Laden didn't really care all that much about Palestine and hated Sadaam, Mubarek, etc.

Doran also points out that the interior minister of Saudi Arabia, Prince Nayef, is beholden to radical Wahhabi clerics, and he is the one the Bush administration ultimately relies on to ferret out terrorists in Saudi Arabia. This is a criminal irony, and it seems that Bush's motivation is to avoid putting any kind of pressure on the Sauds and Saudis to do something serious about Saudi terrorists, and about Wahhabism or internal terrorist cells.

Any so-called "war on terrorism" that does not engage seriously with Saudi Arabia and Wahhabism is a joke. Serious engagement does not have to include invasion, as suggested by John Baer in his book, Sleeping with the Devil: How Washington Sold Our Soul for Saudi Crude. Baer seems to forget that "Our Soul" would not buy much crude, and his hawkish, CIA-style "solutions" are reactionary at best.

Please report on the Saudi's, Wahhabism, and House of Bush's connection to the House of Saud (see Craig Unger's book House of Bush, House of Saud : The Secret Relationship Between the World's Two Most Powerful Dynasties). Bin Laden and fifteen highjackers are Saudis and Wahhabis! US money funds the house of Saud, which has been beholden to Wahhabism since the 18th C. Indirectly the US funds Al Qaeda and their Wahhabi cronies. Bush claims the primary front of the war on terror is in Iraq. What an obvious and grotesque lie, though never mentioned as such by the press. Saudi Arabia will prove to be the most dangerous hot-bed of terrorism--as if 15 of the 19 hijackers didn't already show this.

I've listed some references and possible guest speakers for the show below.

Sincerely,

Eric Anders


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