Today a member of the Saudi Air Force, Second Lt. Mohammed Saeed Alshamrani, visiting the United States for military training was the suspect in a shooting attack at the U.S. Naval Air Station Pensacola, Florida in which four people were killed and eight were injured, the state governor and other officials said.
Florida Governor Ron DeSantis confirmed that the suspect was a Saudi national attending training at the base as part of long-standing Navy program open to U.S. allies. The motive for the violence was still under investigation. In other words, the political correct position seems to be: because it was a Saudi national, it cannot be jihad. Obviously, Trump’s 90-Day Travel Ban that was to “temporarily” bar travelers from Iraq, Iran, Sudan, Somalia, Syria, Libya and Yemen did not work. Why? Because none of those countries is the birthplace of terrorists who committed recent attacks in the United States connected to extremist Islamist ideology, unlike Saudi Arabia.
There has been near-conclusive evidence showing that thousands of citizens from the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, not excluding royal family members, were partially behind the 9/11 attacks. While the Saudis have denied any direct involvement, the U.S. Congress overrode Obama’s veto in 2016 which would enable the families of victims of the September 11 attacks to sue Saudi Arabia, presented by the West as its most valuable ally in the Middle East, over alleged links with al-Qaeda terrorists who carried out the attacks on New York and Washington.
Also, according to Fox News, “The Sunni Islamic State (ISIS/ISIL) has boasted that key US Middle East ally Saudi Arabia is the top provider of terrorists for the jihadist group in Iraq.” As evidenced by a June 2015 report from the US State Department, Sunni Islamists receive most of their support from Saudi and other Gulf Cooperation Council associates. The report also stated that “[b]ulk cash smuggling and money transfers from individual donors and Saudi-based charities have reportedly been a significant source of financing for extremist and terrorist groups over the past 25 years.” According to the New York Times, the Taliban’s former financial minister, Agha Jam Motasim, regularly travelled to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia in order to raise millions of dollars.
After the 9/11 attacks, US senators Jon Kyl of Arizona and Dianne Feinstein of California investigated the risks posed by Wahhabi ideology in the American homefront. While US congressional hearings uncovered the danger of Wahhabism, the Bush administration chose to focus on acts of violence instead of the ideology behind it. In 2015, after President Obama’s Special Representative to Muslim Communities Farah Pandith visited eighty countries between 2009 and 2014, she reported:
“In each place I visited, the Wahhabi influence was an insidious presence … funding all this was Saudi money, which paid for things like the textbooks, mosques, TV stations and the training of Imams.”
According to numerous reports, the majority of mosques in the United States were financed by the Wahhabi sect of Saudi Arabia, many of them linked to Islamic radical terror groups. As per another WikiLeaks cable, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said,
“[D]onors in Saudi Arabia constitute the most significant source of funding to Sunni terrorist groups worldwide.” She continues: “More needs to be done since Saudi Arabia remains a critical financial support base for al-Qaeda, the Taliban, LeT [Lashkar-e-Taiba] and other terrorist groups.” Other cables released by Wikileaks outline how Saudi front companies are also used to fund terrorism abroad.
In fact, over the last few decades, Saudi Arabia has spent an estimated $100 billion to export its Wahhabi radical Islamic ideology. Some of this money landed in the United States; Saudi Arabia helped finance at least sixteen Islamic and cultural centers in California, Missouri, Michigan, Illinois, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Virginia, and Maryland.
A study by Freedom House’s Center for Religious Freedom in 2005 found that “Saudi-connected resources and publications on extremist ideology remain common reading and educational material in some of America’s main mosques … including Los Angeles, Oakland, Dallas, Houston, Chicago, Washington, and New York.” The publications contained anti-American, anti-Semitic, and jihadist ideology, and advocated removing women from the public sphere entirely. Since 2005, a number of overtly hateful materials have been removed from American mosques, but as of 2017 the ideological infrastructure of political Islam in America remains largely intact.
As Pamela Geller said, Trump’s national security ban is not enough. How many people have to die? Answer me. Nineteen of the Muslim terrorists on 9/11 were Saudi citizens. Why would continue to give Saudi nationals flying lessons? 3,000 murdered men, women and children wasn’t enough? I ask myself ask why is apparently Trump solely concerned about Iranians attacking us? Give me a break! It is time, Mr. President to put a halt on the Saudi Kingdom who hates us. If they commit horrendous human rights violations against their own people, what do you think their view on Americans might be?
N. B. Quotations and sources can be found in my book Islam: Religion of Peace? The Violation of Natural Rights and Western Cover-Up, unless otherwise noted.
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