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The Wahhabi threat

July 7, 2016

Nicholas Kristof rightly exoriates Saudi Arabia for financing the spread of its fundamentalist strain of Islam, that motivates both ISIS and the Taliban. Huffington Post also writes about Wahhabism, its Saudi roots, and its terrorist branches. Zakir Naik is one of its poisonous preachers.

In Britain, the Chilcot commission delivers the expected criticism of Tony Blair and his responsibility for the Iraq war. It’s interesting to read how Brits view the difference between our nations, in how we look back at “the biggest single foreign policy blunder by the US since Vietnam – maybe an even bigger blunder than Vietnam.”

That blunder killed thousands of Americans and hundreds of thousands of Iraqis, and created the current chaos in that region of the world. There is another important cost that rarely is attributed to it: the failure to do anything about the Saudis spreading their toxic sect. Saudi Arabia was the nation most responsible for 9/11, yet we gave it a complete pass during our convulsive response to terrorism. How much better off would the world be today had we axed the flow of Saudi dollars to its religious missions, instead of diverting our attention to Iraq?

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