File 911: The Saudi Connection
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Seymour Hersh, "King's Ransom"
(10/17/01). Cum grano salis
. The writer is a veteran leftist with a long record of lying, and he bases his account on anonymous sources. Still, if even a third of it is true, the picture of Saudi Arabia's decadent, deceitful and highly vulnerable monarchy is disturbing.
Tom Gross, "Time to Face Mecca"
(2/8/02). ". . . if America wants to prevent a major terrorist onslaught, there is one government above all others that must be reformed or replaced. And it is not that of Saddam, but the House of Saud."
Mona Eitahawy, "The Died for Lack of a Head Scarf"
(3/19/02). This horrific incident of Islamofascist fanaticism by Saudi Arabia's "morality police" reads like an invention of the Black Legend - but it really happened.
Rich Lowry, "Money, Money, Money"
(3/27/02). Saudi Arabia's deployment of oil wealth to proselytize for a fanatical religious cult poses a graver danger to the West than regimes like Saddam Hussein's.
Rich Lowry, "Being Prince Abdullah"
(4/4/02). In the de facto
ruler of Saudi Arabia, President Bush confronts not "an ally with whom he needs to 'consult,' but . . . a budding adversary he needs to bend to his will."
Martin Sieff, "The Saudi-Iranian Alliance"
(4/26/02). The convergence of a nominal ally and a bitter enemy poses a threat to American interests.
Terry Eastland, "The Saudi Gambit"
(4/29/02). "With the liberation of Iraq, the liberation of Saudi Arabia would be at least thinkable--a thought that horrifies the House of Saud."
Sulaiman Al-Hattian, "In Saudi Arabia, an Extreme Problem"
(5/8/02). A citizen of Saudi-controlled Arabia criticizes his country's government for appeasing Islamic extremists and calls on Saudi society to "start a tough process of social and political reform".
David Tell, "The Saudi-Terror Subsidy"
(5/10/02). If one looks at all closely, Saudi-controlled Arabia makes no real secret of its financial support of terrorist operations, including some that have killed Americans.
Michael Barone, "Our Enemies the Saudis"
(5/25/02). "President Bush has said that we must have regime change in Iraq to be safe from terrorism. It is increasingly clear that we must have regime change in Saudi-ruled Arabia as well."
Victor Davis Hanson, "Our Enemies, the Saudis"
(7/1/02). "Even if we were not attempting to prosecute a war against terror, the time would have long since arrived to reconsider our relations with Saudi Arabia."
Simon Henderson, "The Saudi Way"
(8/12/02). Evidence emerges of Saudi payoffs to al-Qaeda.
Council of Foreign Relations, "Terrorist Financing"
(10/17/02). This report of a CFR task force details al-Qaeda's sources of funding. The most widely reported and disturbing conclusion is that Saudi-controlled Arabia is a key element in the financial structure of terrorism. "For years, individuals and charities based in Saudi Arabia have been the most important source of funds for al-Qaeda; and for years, Saudi officials have turned a blind eye to this problem."
Josh Devon & James Mitre, "The Man Behind the Curtain"
(10/28/02). A portrait of the Saudi businessman who started the foundation that is today a principal source of funds for al-Qaeda.
Susan Katz Keating, "The Wahhabi Fifth Column"
(12/30/02). ". . . we ignore to our peril the degree to which the Saudis spread extremist anti-Americanism. It is particularly unsettling that the Saudis stoke such sentiments here, in our own country. They do this by funding American outposts of the intolerant, militant Wahhabi form of Islam."