Tuesday, September 12, 2017

(TERRORISM) HOW SAUDI ARABIA HAS CHANGED SINCE 9/11

On May 21, 2017 US President Trump delivered a historical speech at the Arab Islamic American Summit in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia challenging over 50 Islamic leaders, representing some 1,5 billion Muslims, to oppose terrorism in the name of Allah. He cast it as a fight of good against evil, rather than a clash of cultures or faiths. The speech marks a shift in how the world perceives radical Islamic terrorism.

UPDATE: Author Thomas Wiktor has a few interesting, historical observations related to the political situation in Saudi Arabia and its role in terrorism. Stringing a thread on Twitter together we learn the following. 

(5) The headline and much of the story are misleading. We're talking a total of maybe five Saudi government employees.
(6) We're told that al-Qaeda had connections to the Senior Council of Ulema, who are between 30 and 40 men. 
(7) The GOAL of 9/11 was to completely drive the US from the Middle East. 
(8) On October 23, 1983, a Hezbollah suicide bomber destroyed US Marine barracks in Lebanon, killing 241 Americans. We pulled out. 
(9) If the US had withdrawn from the Middle East in 2001, the Saudi government would've been overthrown.  (12) Saudi Arabia has three armed forces: the military, the internal-security troops, and the Saudi Arabian National Guard (SANG). 
(13) To defeat al-Q!aeda, the Saudis had to UNITE their armed forces. They'd always refused to do that, out of fear of a coup. 
(14) The reason Saudi Arabia had adopted Wahhabism in the first place was a twin uprising in 1979. 
(15) The Wahhabists AND the Shia minority took up arms at the same time, November 20 to December 4, 1979. 
(16) Saudi security forces put down the rebellions, but King Khalid bin Abdulaziz Al Saud then gave in to Wahhabist demands.
(17) September 11, 2001, happened on the watch of King Fahd bin Abdulaziz Al Saud. TWO KINGS AGO.
(18) King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz Al Saud took steps to reduce the power of Wahhabists in the kingdom. xxx



May 23, 2017

(TERRORISM) WHY THE TRUMP DEAL IS DIFFERENT




May 21, 2017 President Trump addressing the Arab Islamic American Summit in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.

In what way is the Trump deal different from the globalists' ideas? The globalists are dumping taxdollars, for example in the Palestinian hellhole, thinking that combating poverty will deter young Muslim men from choosing the path of terrorism. It won't of course, when the indoctrination and tribalist mentality continue. The deal that Trump offered Muslim nations on Sunday from the pulpit in Saudi Arabia, is different. President Ttump says, if you disavow terrorism, we will help you combatting it and will cooperate with you to make your country prosperous in the process. It's isn't a pay-off, it is a trade between equal traders. This is why President Trump could say, we are not here to dictate how you must live. The globalist idea is top down and is for this fact alone, not attractive. What's more, causality matters. Globalists are habitually reversing cause and effect. They think the cause will emerge once you mimic the effects! Much trouble is rooted in that fallacy.





May 22, 2017


TRUMP SPEECH CHANGES TERRORISM PARADIGM

Today President Trump gave his much anticipated speech at the Arab Islamic American Summit on cooperation against terrorism. Over 50 Arab leaders were in attendance, representing 1,5 billion Muslims (only Morocco and Sudan cancelled). The importance of the speech cannot be overestimated. Full transcript. The effort includes the establishment of the Global Center to Combat Extremist Ideology, which serves as a hub against cyber terrorism. 

President Trump is conceptualizing the fight against radical Islamic terrorism differently from what has been Western doctrine in the past 40 years. Islamic terrorism is not "the West's fault", blowback from Western colonial history. The fight against terrorism does not bread more terrorism.

President Trump does not blame the Islamic ideology as such, but he does lay the responsibility firmly at the feet of Muslim nations when it comes to combating extremism. Ignoring the root of Jihad in Islam does not persuade Muslims of the attractions of Western culture. 

Muslims must change their attitude towards religiously inspired conquest themselves if they want their children and grandchildren to prosper. Casting terrorism as stealing the beauty, dreams and prosperity from generations of childreb is a powerful argument. 

This is to be the new standard for the relationship between the West and the Islamic world. The speech was conciliatory in tone, but did not mince words. The message that peace is a prerequisite for prosperity is clear. He called on the summit to support life, rather than death as the barbarians do.

"Drive them out of your Holy Land, and drive them out of this Earth". The speech is a call to the Muslim world to unite against common enemies of humanity and strengthen the partnership. The onus is now clearly on Iran as the state sponsor of terrorism.




May 19, 2017

US, Saudis issue joint terrorist designation

On Friday the United States and Saudi Arabia issued a first-of-its-kind joint terrorism designation on Friday in combating the financing of terrorism. The move freezes the assets of Hashem Safieddine, a leader of the Iranian-backed terrorist group Hezbollah. The announcement was made on the cusp of President Trump's first overseas trip since taking office, a nine-day itinerary that will begin in Saudi Arabia and continue through Israel and Europe. It's symbolic of a broader effort to arrange an "Arab NATO" to counteract Iran, backed by American arms deals to the Saudis.

"The Safieddine designation is also consistent with the U.S. government's ongoing effort to expose and apply pressure against the actions of Hezballah, which is supported by the foremost State Sponsor of Terrorism, Iran," the State Department emphasized. "Designations of terrorist individuals and groups expose and isolate organizations and individuals and result in denial of access to the U.S. financial system." The State Department also gave the leader of an ISIS-affiliate in the Sinai peninsula a terrorist label. (More)


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