Still ‘Feeding the Alligator’
Vol: 29 Issue: 29 Sunday, February 29, 2004
During the buildup to the war with Iraq, Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld, in response to criticism of the administration’s policy with Saddam Hussein, told ABC News; “And the course of action that says, well don’t make Saddam Hussein unhappy or mad, or he might do something, is kind of like feeding an alligator, hoping it eats you last.”
That phrase comes to mind with each new revelation of Saudi involvement with the al-Qaeda network. And there’ve been plenty.
The now-infamous Zarqawi memo, discovered after top al-Qaeda leader Abu Musab al-Zarqawi was killed in Iraq, was a plea for more help from al-Qaeda in attacking American targets.
Shortly after eliminating al-Zarqawi, US forces intercepted the original memo from al Qaeda member Hassan Ghul.
The memo made headlines, but most of the attention was focused on the part where Zarqawi told al-Qaeda that America was a tough enemy that wasn’t going anywhere. Clearly, it is evidence that we are winning, at least for now.
It was a significant military find, revealing the terrorist network’s command structure in the mountains along the border between Afghanistan and Pakistan while calling for help in Iraq.
What gets less attention is the fact a copy of the Zarqawi memo later turned up in Saudi Arabia. The copy was discovered with Saudi financiers whom Defense officials believe were being solicited to fund terrorist operations inside Iraq.
All roads in the war on terror lead directly to the doorstep of one of our ‘allies’ in the war on terror. It’s been less than three years since a mostly Saudi band of terrorists financed by Saudi national Osama bin-Laden and inspired by official Saudi religious teachings, attacked and killed more than 3,000 American citizens.
The Treasury Department ordered U.S. banks to freeze the assets of the American branch of a Saudi charity last week. The Al Haramain Islamic Foundation Inc. is headquartered in Saudi Arabia and is one of that nation’s largest charities. Branches in six countries have previously been put on a separate US blacklist of terror financiers.
In July 2002, an influential analyst with the Rand Corporation told the Defense Advisory Board: “The Saudis are active at every level of the terror chain, from planners to financiers, from cadre to foot-soldier, from ideologist to cheerleader. Saudi Arabia supports our enemies and attacks our allies [and is responsible for a] daily outpouring of virulent hatred against the US from Saudi media, ‘educational’ institutions, clerics, officials – Saudis tell us one thing in private, do the contrary in reality.”
In October 2002, the Washington Post reported that, “U.S. intelligence has identified about a dozen of al Qaeda’s principal financial backers, most of them wealthy Saudis.”
Saudi officials have vehemently denied any wrongdoing, saying any allegations of links to the Sept. 11 attacks contained in the report are unsupported by the facts and are politically motivated.
They also denied allegations in the report that they allowed Saudi charities and other groups to raise money for Al Qaeda and other terrorist organizations within their borders. But the links don’t point anywhere else.
That’s the problem.
Omar al-Bayoumi was an employee of the Saudi civil aviation authority who FBI agents said received “seemingly unlimited funding” from Saudi Arabia. Osama Bassnan and his family received significant charitable support from Princess Haifa al-Faisal, wife of the Saudi ambassador to the U.S., Prince Bandar bin Sultan.
Both are believed to have been conduits for financial aid for the 9/11 hijackers and other Saudi terrorists. The classified section reportedly concluded that Al Bayoumi received at least $3,000 a month from Saudi officials.
Al Bayoumi and Bassnan fled and are now believed to be in Saudi Arabia.
It’s hard to ignore Saudi Arabia’s top law enforcement officer, Interior Minister Prince Nayef ibn Abdulaziz. He remains a vocal supporter of radical Islamist causes and has stated publicly that Jews were responsible for the Sept. 11 attacks.
Prince Nayef is one of several top Saudi officials who, through individual efforts and in their roles as government overseers, funneled hundreds of millions of dollars in donations to suspect charities and other front organizations that ultimately may have helped finance the September 2001 attacks and other terrorist strikes.
Since every single investigation of Islamic inspired terrorism — without exception –is in some way linked back to Saudi Arabia, some members of the administration are beginning to scratch their heads, rub their chins, and exclaim, “Heyyy. . . I think there’s something funny about those Saudi guys . .” Duh.
But better late than never. As long as it isn’t TOO late.
Although the administration is reluctant to admit it, it can no longer pretend that the Saudi royal family is the solution, rather than the problem. There is no choice but to admit that we have been doing exactly what Rumsfeld accused the Iraq appeasement lobby of doing. Feeding the alligator in the hope that it will eat us last.
No administration in the last thirty years has wanted to take on Riyadh directly. Especially after the Saudis showed us what they could do during the 1070’s OPEC Crisis.
The Saudis led an OPEC reduction in oil production, which led to a crippling recession that saw mortgage interest rates skyrocket to 24%. The West is TWICE as dependent of foreign oil today as it was in 1973.
The Bush administration is not unique in its reluctance to recognize the alligator, but is the unlucky one that ended up with the empty feed bowl.
Saudi Arabia has also been feeding its own alligator a steady diet of strict Islamic Wahhabi fundamentalism to keep it at bay so the thousands of Saudi royals can continue to control Saudi Arabia’s vast oil wealth and the international power it gives them.
But what it will change into is anybody’s guess, which is what has hamstrung successive US administrations since Nixon. The fall of the Saudi royal family won’t erase centuries of Wahhabi indoctrination from Saudi thinking. It will merely eliminate its sponsors and what little control they retain over it.
Wahhabism emerged in the mid-eighteenth century in Central Arabia from the teachings of Muhammad ibn Abdul Wahhab.
Wahhab sought to rid Islam of foreign innovations that compromised its monotheistic foundations, and to restore what he believed were the religious practices of the seventh century at the time of the Prophet Muhammad and his immediate successors.
He rejuvenated the idea of the militant jihad, or holy war, which had declined as a central Islamic value to be applied universally. The previously dominant Sufi Islam had evolved it into a more spiritual concept.
Wahhab established a political covenant in 1744 with Muhammad bin Saud, the ruler of Diriyah near modern-day Riyadh, according to which he received bin Saud’s protection and in exchange legitimized the spread of Saudi rule over a widening circle of Arabian tribes.
This covenant between the Saudi royal family and Wahhabism is at the root of modern Saudi Arabia and at the heart of the Great Religious War of the 21st century between the Christian Crusaders, the Zionist Jews and the Islamic world.
In the last days, the Bible says the antichrist will seize control of the three pillars of global power; the global economy, the global government and the global religion.
There is a global economy — there is no question of its existence, or its centralization in the hands of the G-7. The antichrist will also seize control of the global governmental apparatus, currently embodied by the UN, closely modeled by the EU, with both rapidly merging into a single, global cooperative. The World Court at the Hague is one example. The current level of cooperation between the EU and UN in serving as a counterweight to US supremacy is another.
The battle to see who will emerge as the third sphere of global power is currently raging around the world. The UN has a plan in place to wait until the respective alligators have eaten, or at least taken a big chunk out of, their appeasers, before stepping with a new religious plan of its own.
According to the Apostle John, the eventual winner will be a kind of hybrid religion, one having ‘two horns like a Lamb, but spake as a Dragon’ (Revelation 13:11)
The Interreligious and International Federation for World Peace is dedicated to the establishment of an Interreligious Council at the UN to oversee a more inclusive, peaceful religion based on the ‘best’ principles ‘among Christians, Muslims, Jews, Confucians, Hindus and other major religious groups,’ according to their website.
Presently at the United Nations there exists an ad hoc Committee of Religious NGOs that has more than one hundred members. Its chairman in 1994 was a Catholic priest working with an international interfaith organization. Its chairwoman in 1995 was a Korean Buddhist nun. It’s current chairman is Dr. Azza Karam, a Muslim.
Representatives of the IARF, which is primarily a non-Christian interfaith organization, chair the Committees on Freedom of Religion or Belief in both New York and Geneva.
The Final Countdown has already begun.
“So ye in like manner, when ye shall see these things come to pass, know that it is nigh, even at the doors. Verily I say unto you, that this generation shall not pass, till ALL these things be done.” (Mark 13:29)