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Wahhabism, a messianic radicalism that arose in the 18th century, hopes to restore a fantasized caliphate centered on a desert, a sacred book, and two holy sites, Mecca and Medina. Born in massacre and blood, it manifests itself in a surreal relationship with women, a prohibition against non-Muslims treading on sacred territory, and ferocious religious laws. That translates into an obsessive hatred of imagery and representation and therefore art, but also of the body, nakedness and freedom. Saudi Arabia is a Daesh that has made it.
The West’s denial regarding Saudi Arabia is striking: It salutes the theocracy as its ally but pretends not to notice that it is the world’s chief ideological sponsor of Islamist culture. The younger generations of radicals in the so-called Arab world were not born jihadists. They were suckled in the bosom of Fatwa Valley, a kind of Islamist Vatican with a vast industry that produces theologians, religious laws, books, and aggressive editorial policies and media campaigns.
Former congressman Charlie Wilson helped fund Afghanistan's resistance to the Soviet Union. His story was told in the book and film Charlie Wilson's War
originally posted by: abe froman
Note that Saudi Arabia refuses to take even one of the refugees but has offered to build Mosques in America for the refugees America takes in.
Hey, but they prop up the petrodollar, right?
There are 500,000 Syrians in Saudi Arabia, according to Nabil Othman, acting regional representative to the Gulf region at the UNHCR. In official documentation they are referred to as “Arab brothers and sisters in distress,” he said.
originally posted by: ladyinwaiting
a reply to: enlightenedservant
From what I've read the women would fare just as badly, if not worse, in Saudi as they do in some of the other warped ME countries.
I think it's very highly unlikely that the US fully expected the emergence of terrorists groups, because, well, why would they want that? War is expensive, and bad for the economy
originally posted by: Sparkymedic
a reply to: Spider879
The doc is 40 min in 3 parts, so pretty long, but packed with info. Really worth the watch. It goes deeper than just taking about the Quincy Agreement and extrapolates how it has shaped the world today. Especially in regards to Afghanistan, the US and Saudi Arabia