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Should we trust the Saudi's?
Of the nineteen hijackers who attacked this nation on September 11, 2001, fifteen were Saudi Arabian. Moreover, each and every one of the nineteen hijackers was personally chosen and provided with training and financing by yet another Saudi native – Osama bin Laden. Yet from that day to this, in spite of these disturbing and incontrovertible facts, members of the Bush administration have glibly and incessantly assured us that the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia is in fact one of our closest friends and allies in the War on Terror. Fifteen Saudis murdered nearly 3,000 Americans on live TV, all at the behest of one of the Kingdom’s prodigal sons. How can these facts possibly be mere trivia?
In fact, they are just the tip of the iceberg. In the years since September 11, a growing body of evidence has emerged illuminating the central role Saudi nationals have played in the rise of Al Qaeda and its terrorist attacks against the United States. In our national obsession with the fiasco in Iraq, we have somehow glossed over these important and alarming clues about the nature of the threat we confronted on September 11. But they are just as striking as the events of that day itself. Consider the following:
· Not only were 15 of the 19 hijackers Saudi Arabian, but The 9/11 Commission Report also identified the missing 20th hijacker. He was yet another Saudi national named Mohammed al-Kahtani, who was prevented from entering the U.S. by an alert customs agent at Orlando International Airport just weeks prior to the attacks (p. 248). In fact, the 9/11 Commission went on to identify by name and nationality nine other Al Qaeda operatives who had at one time been personally chosen by Osama bin Laden to participate in the hijackings, but who (for a variety of reasons) dropped out of the plot before September 11. Of the nine, eight were Saudi Arabian (p. 235).
· The 9/11 Commission Report also went on to explain why so many Saudis were involved in the plot to begin with. According to Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, the mastermind behind the September 11 plot, as he toured Al Qaeda’s training camps in Afghanistan in the years leading up to the attacks, he found that the vast majority of the recruits being trained there (by his count 70%) were from Saudi Arabia (p. 232). That assessment has been further corroborated by two other prominent Al Qaeda operatives: Tawfiq bin Attash (p. 524) and Dr. Saad al-Faqih. Dr. Al-Faqih, a long-time Al Qaeda insider, estimated that a full 80% of Al Qaeda’s members were Saudi nationals in an interview with the PBS news program Frontline.
· The New York Times has done a remarkable job of placing these claims in context. They first reported on a poll of educated Saudi men between 25 and 41 years of age, taken by Saudi intelligence just weeks after September 11, in which 95% of the respondents indicated that they approved of Osama bin Laden and his agenda.
· The Times also reported that Saudi intelligence has estimated that approximately 25,000 Saudi nationals received paramilitary training and/or combat experience abroad in the years prior to September 11. Each of these young men took it upon themselves to travel to Al Qaeda training camps and/or other jihadist hotspots around the globe to wage holy war in the name of Islam.
· Predictably, in virtually every major terrorist attack against the United States over the last decade, the men actually pulling the trigger at the end of the day have been Saudi Arabian. These include:
o The Saudi National Guard bombing in November 1995, which killed five Americans. All four of the men convicted and executed for the bombing were Saudis.
o The Khobar Towers bombing in June 1996, which killed 19 Americans. 13 out of the 14 men indicted by the U.S. Department of Justice for that bombing, including all five of the men who drove and detonated the truck bomb on the day of the attack, were Saudis.
o The Nairobi embassy bombing in August 1998, which killed 12 Americans. Both of the men who drove and detonated the truck bomb were Saudis.
o The USS Cole bombing in October 2000, which killed 17 Americans. According to both the Prime Minister of Yemen and a well-known former Al Qaeda operative, both of the men who drove and detonated the explosives-laden boat used in the attack were Saudis
- Buy Sam a DrinkLv 51 decade agoFavorite Answer
Hello?!? of course not. They back more terrorist attacks than anyone. The fact that we haven't so much as sent them a nasty letter is the greatest indicator, in my opinion, that the war on terrorism is not a sincere one.
- caylorLv 45 years ago
Saudis have been "inviting" Israel to strike iran making use of their airspace for extra advantageous than 2 years. It´s now common; Iran is probing the Saudis hegemony interior the region, and to have Iran as a neighbour even without nukes is something that doesn't make you or anybody sleep extra powerful. And to have Iran as a neighbour WITH the nukes... Saudis , to boot as the different arab leaders, comprehend o.k. that Israel won't attack them in the event that they do no longer attack her, and the memories they tell approximately how Israel is "dreaming approximately conquering the worldwide" are for fools( i recommend their arab subdits). yet all the arab leaders comprehend that Iran would be happy to attack them on the 1st threat. additionally they comprehend that the only u . s . a . it is able to end Iran is Israel. What could you do of their place?
- Anonymous1 decade ago
No! Don't ever trust Arabs - Period. Saudis, Kuwaiti's, Iranians, Afghans, Iraqi's in particular, the rest in general. Least of all their Clerc's or radical misfit organisations like Hammas and the Taliban.
All of what write you of - can be laid at there door.
Saudi is the most evil of all - channelling millions of $ into every form of terrorist activity and crime the world over.
A nation dominated / ruled by 1 family that has turned Islam into a tool to suit its own devices. Its clerical in league and indoctrinating the masses. Nothing allowed to invest Saudi that even remotely smacks of democracy, freedom, liberty, justice and the modes of every day civilised life.
Criminals, perverts, assassins to boot.,
- PeguinBackPackerLv 51 decade ago
The problem is many Saudis of the street view American troops in Arabia as a transgression on their holy land. Mecca is considered Islam's holy city and therefore Arabia is considered holy land. This very much ticks them off. The royal family however loves us due the vast amounts of money they receive from us due to the oil. The problem? If we invade Arabia to deal with the terrorists, the Sauds would cut our oil supply off. Not to mention our Cia and various other agencies avoid doing missions in Arabia due to a great fear of a back lash and having them cut off our oil supply.
So in short, our dependence on foreign oil has got us in a sticky political situation and since many of our politicians are oil men (Bush, Rochafella, ect) it seems there is not way out.
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- Anonymous1 decade ago
We obviously can't trust all of them. I believe the radical Wahhabi version of Islam was born there. Keep in mind that the Saudi government is also a target of these radicals. My main motivation for reducing oil consumption is to stop sending these people money which they use to fund madrassas around the world. Don't hang all of this on Bush - Clinton has made a lot of money giving speeches in the Middle East, and they helped to fund his presidential library.Source(s): http://www.nysun.com/article/5137
- Anonymous1 decade ago
The Saudi's are not our friends, we should be at war with them, I have no problem withus taking ourt Saddem but we should of first taken Saudi out, turned it into a sea of glass if need be, they have used their influence and oil dollars to hold the US hostiage, and lets face it if not for American and British OIL companies invenstments they'd still be wandering aound the burning sands looking for an oasis!
- Chi GuyLv 51 decade ago
Bush does, so neo-cons do as well. Neo-cons support a president that is arming a nation that has a history of funding terrorists.
- sopersonLv 41 decade ago
well, essentially, bush is sending the saudis $20 billion in weapons which the saudis will give to the iraqi insurgents. the insurgents will then use them to kill more americans.
- You wishLv 41 decade ago
Wow! Tell it man! Tell it! That's it! I'm gettin a bicycle!
- Anonymous1 decade ago