Saudis Still Support Terrorism
- The View From Riyadh
New York Times Editorial
February 1, 2002
Crown Prince Abdullah, who has all but replaced the ailing King Fahd as Saudi Arabia's paramount leader, and Prince Nawwaf, the intelligence chief, largely glossed over the serious concerns Americans now have about Saudi Arabia in interviews with The Times and The Washington Post.
shaken by the events of Sept. 11 and subsequent revelations of the close links between important elements of Saudi society and Al Qaeda's terrorist war against the United States.
the growth of virulent anti- American sentiment among young Saudis and the continued close links between the kingdom's economic and religious establishments and violent Islamic fundamentalist groups abroad.
Four and a half months after Sept. 11, Crown Prince Abdullah still refuses to make the kind of clean break with violent Islamic fundamentalism that Gen. Pervez Musharraf has made in Pakistan.
[Saudi-terror links to 9/11] include the Saudi passports carried by most of the suspected hijackers, the well-connected Saudi charities that funneled money to Osama bin Laden's terrorist network and the Saudi-funded seminaries in Pakistan and Afghanistan that steered students into battle on behalf of the Taliban and Al Qaeda.
While the crown prince dismisses Osama bin Laden and his Saudi followers as "deviants" trying "to drive a wedge" between Riyadh and Washington ... Saudis from the royal family on down are responsive to the militant teachings of the country's officially established Wahhabi sect of Islam. For at least some Wahhabi mullahs, those teachings now include support for armed jihad against the United States.
Get Active! Stay Informed! Join by sending email to: