Published as Lead Opinion Article Ekurd Daily [Turkey Syria Iran Iraq] April 26, 2016
I do not like the Saudis very much. Saudi Arabia is a vile, evil, corrupt oligarchy calling itself a monarchical autocracy, whatever the hell that is. It is a brutal dictatorship no matter what name it goes by. Years ago the Saudi Royal Family made a devil’s pact with Sunni’s Imams to promote and protect Islam’s Wahhabi brand of religion in exchange for continuing political support. That allowed this version of Islam to morph into a repressive intolerant creed seeking acceptance in the rest of the Muslim world.
Saudi Arabia was Osama bin Laden’s place of birth and home to 15 of the 19 hijackers of the 9/11 attacks. Conspiracy theories abound in the press and on the internet as to who was ultimately responsible. Domestic and foreign intelligence agencies have conducted wide ranging investigations. A United States Congressional inquiry resulted in a “Final Report of the National Commission on Terrorist Attacks Upon the United States” [“The 9/11 Report”]. It suggested Saudi Arabia as a possible “source of foreign support for some of the September 11 hijackers”, however, 28 pages of the Report have remained classified and hidden from public scrutiny.
Members of Congress who have seen still secret portion of the 9/11 Report and anonymous sources have hinted that “the upper ranks of Saudi royalty bankroll[led] the attacks and facilitat[ed] the hijackers’ arrival in the U.S.” The information in the 28 pages “was suppressed to protect the United States’ relationship with oil-rich Saudi Arabia, which remains a key ally in the Middle East.” Money it seems is more important than lives.
Congress is prepared to pass the Justice Against Sponsors of Terrorism Act, the new law that would allow the victims of 9/11 to sue Saudi Arabia if it “participated in terrorism …[then] … this bill would allow … victims of terrorism to go to court to determine if the Saudi government participated in terrorist acts. If the Saudis did….” as Senator Chuck Schumer puts it “… they should pay a price.”