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On my most recent trip to Saudi Arabia, I was greeted with a startling confession. In the past, when we raised the issue of funding Islamic extremists with the Saudis, all we got were denials. This time, in the course of meetings with King Salman, Crown Prince Nayef, Deputy Crown Mohammad Bin Salman and several ministers, one top Saudi official admitted to me, “We misled you.” He explained that Saudi support for Islamic extremism started in the early 1960s as a counter to Nasserism—the socialist political ideology that came out of the thinking of Egypt’s Gamal Abdel Nasser—which threatened Saudi Arabia and led to war between the two countries along the Yemen border. This tactic allowed them to successfully contain Nasserism, and the Saudis concluded that Islamism could be a powerful tool with broader utility.
Under their new and unprecedented policy of honesty, the Saudi leadership also explained to me that their support for extremism was a way of resisting the Soviet Union, often in cooperation with the United States, in places like Afghanistan in the 1980s. In this application too, they argued, it proved successful. Later it was deployed against Iranian-supported Shiite movements in the geopolitical competition between the two countries.
But over time, the Saudis say, their support for extremism turned on them, metastasizing into a serious threat to the Kingdom and to the West. They had created a monster that had begun to devour them. “We did not own up to it after 9/11 because we feared you would abandon or treat us as the enemy,” the Saudi senior official conceded. “And we were in denial.”
support for extremism was a way of resisting the Soviet Union, often in cooperation with the United States
I say leave them alone and let them reap their whirlwind . In fact this may be why they are coming clean .They need help from others because their plan of a pipe line to Europe by breaking up Syria seems like a doomed adventure now . They sure as heck didn't make any friends along the way to today . Other then maybe the Pentagon / CIA and big banking .
I say we go in and relieve them of their position and bring about a true democracy to this oil rich nation.
Riyadh views modernization as the vehicle through which the Saudi state, at long last, can confront and defeat extremism, foster a dynamic private sector and master the looming economic challenges. The Saudi program includes:
- New limits on the ability of the religious police to arrest dissidents.
-Purges of extremists from the government and greater efforts to monitor their influence in security institutions.
-The appointment of new religious leaders to counter Islamic extremism on theological grounds.
-The transformation of the world Muslim League—a key Saudi arm for supporting Islamic movements abroad—by the appointment of a new and a decision to stop supporting Islamist madrassas abroad.