posted on May, 19 2004 @ 07:38 PM
Here's the essay, what do you think?:
Should We Still Trust Them?
Corruption within the Saudi kingdom, U.S. greed for more oil, terrorism, and anti-American fervency within the Saudi religious community have damaged
the alliance between the U.S. and Saudi Arabia. The friendship between the U.S. and the Saudi kingdom a friendship in name only and therefore it is
On September 11, 2001, nineteen Saudi nationalists boarded planes that would never come back. Later on, the U.S. government discovered that not only
were the nineteen hijackers from the U.S.’s closest ally in the Middle East, but that these hijackers were members of the middle class and well to do
families. This profile was unique one; terrorists in the past came from uneducated and poor backgrounds. The U.S. realized that the anti-American
fervency once thought only to have a strong influence among the lower classes, had now influenced much of the upper class as well.
In the past, it was thought that terrorists came mainly from poor backgrounds and took such actions because they had no voice in the political
community. But, now learning from the events of 9/11, we now know that anyone can become displeased with the U.S. This shows that many more citizens
Saudi kingdom had become influenced with the anti-Americanism that has almost taken over the country. Because of this anti-American hatred that has
begun to sweep across the kingdom, the U.S. government should think twice about their friendship with the Saudis.
Many Islamic charities have been thought to funnel money to causes such as Osama Bin Laden’s. Apparently, there is no governmental agency overseeing
to where the donated proceeds go and who is donating the money. This shows that many of the wealthy families of our closest ally in the Middle East
are donating money to charities that funnel proceeds to Islamic militants, we therefore cannot trust the Saudis to cooperate with us on the War on
According to a poll by Time/CNN and conducted by Harris Interactive, the question was asked; “Do you think Saudi Arabia is a country the United States
can trust as an ally, or a country that we can’t trust as an ally?” Out of 1,003 adults with a margin of error of around 3%, 72% said the United
States should not trust the Saudi kingdom as an ally and only 17% said we could trust them, while only 11% said they were not sure. Looking at these
statistics proves that the American citizens do not want to see their government cooperate and be friends with a kingdom, just for oil, which has
corrupted itself, while its country is on the verge of civil war.
It seems like the Bush Administration will do anything to keep relations going smoothly with the House of Saud. In an article done by Jeff Jacoby of
aish.com, a quote from the article says that the Saudis are involved in every aspect of terrorism from cadre
to foot-soldier; “[the Saudis] are active at every level of the terror chain, from planners to financiers, from cadre to foot-soldier, from ideologist
to cheerleader.” Responding to this statement, Bush once again reassured the American citizens that the friendship between the two countries remains
intact “Such talk, Bush assured Abdullah, ‘cannot affect the eternal friendship between the two countries.’”
For many years, the government of Saudi Arabia had allowed to the religious community to preach whatever type of Islam they chose. Most mullahs preach
a very strict and extreme form of Islam called Wahabism. Wahabism refers to Muhammad Ibn Abdulwahhab of Nejd in the Arabian Peninsula who lived in the
eighteenth century C.E. according to The Institute of Islamic Information and Education. Because of this religious freedom, the mullahs continue to
preach anti-Americanism. As a result of this, many young children and grown adults have grown up with the ideologies that have been preached by the
mullahs and, which cause hatred for the United States.
Realizing these important issues concerning the War on Terror, the relationship with the Saudi Kingdom should be looked at again. We can see that
there are many factors alienating the Saudis from the U.S. because of these issues. Therefore it is best that the U.S., if it wants to be successful
in it’s War on Terror, should reconsider it’s friendship with the kingdom.