The Truth About Our True Enemies Told On American TV? Bin Laden, Saudi Arabia & the Roots of 9/11
Dylan Rattigan shows us why he doesn’t have a show anymore when he explains to a somewhat nervous panel about who our true enemies our in the war on terror. It’s not Islam; it’s not Iraq or Iran or Afghanistan. Rather it’s a very small sect of Muslims funded by Saudi Arabia called Wahhabi. They could have been controlled and eliminated years ago. But of course as we all know by now war is a racket waged to make huge profits for the politically connected. Don’t think so? Consider this Saudi Arabia is getting set to buy $60,000,000,000.00 worth of arms from us.
For more on the development of Wahhabiasm, Saudi Arabia and their ties to bin Laden read on;
Gause said that “bin Ladenism” came from and diverged from Wahhabism in many ways. Bin Laden, he said, adopted the idea of labeling others as takfir and affected social conservatism, especially in the dress and role of women among his followers. Bin Laden, however, diverged from Wahhabism in one important way: He went against the Wahhabi state and established his own political order in al-Qaeda, thus dismissing the prescribed obeisance to Saudi rulers.
“Bin Laden has an international perspective on the challenges to the Muslim world,” Gregory Gause said, “whereas the Wahhabi in the Saudi Arabian ulema have pretty much constrained themselves to what is going on around them.” Part of this divergence comes from din Laden’s experiences in the Afghan jihad against the Soviet Union’s 1979 invasion of Afghanistan.
“The experience of the Afghan jihad,” said Gause, “was central in the development of the bin Ladenist ideological platform and political movement.” In Afghanistan, bin Laden’s ideology was affected by the international nature of the jihad — people from Uzbekistan and Chechnya, Kashmir and Indonesia, came together. The organization of the jihad, Maktab al-Khadamat, later turned into al-Qaeda, according to the U.S. government.
“Afghanistan was a win,” said Gause, “and nothing succeeds like success.” The win propelled the political movement. Not only did Muslim forces drive the Soviet Union out of Afghanistan, but they also helped in the demise of the Soviet Union. This type of rhetoric, said Gause, was an excellent recruiting tool.
On the heels of this victory, bin Laden criticized the monarchy’s decision to allow U.S. forces to base themselves in Saudi Arabia in the 1991 Gulf War. In 1994, Saudi Arabia stripped bin Laden of his citizenship. He relocated to Sudan and London and created the Committee on Advice and Reform; in 1995 he pronounced takfir on the Saudi state for being a tool of the U.S. and Israel.
Since then, bin Laden has switched his critical focus from Saudi Arabia to the U.S. He is believed to be a co-conspirator in the 1993 World Trade Center bombings that killed six and injured over 1,000 people. In 1998, he co-signed a fatwa against the States. “He takes our democracy seriously,” said Gause. “If you are a democracy then you are responsible for your government.” Thus, bin Laden called upon Muslims to kill Americans because of the actions of the U.S. government.”