SHAFAQNA – If Britain, and in particular London, has chosen to rise above hate as Terror militants work to sow the seeds of xenophobic discord, and let’s face it Islamophobia, details of the attack have shed a light on very uncomfortable truths. Once more, it is towards the Grand Wahhabist Kingdom of Saudi Arabia that fingers are pointing in burning anger … and yet, few have dared offer more than a whisper of hot condemnation.
And while pundits will still choose Islam as a catalyst for their anger – the one convenient target both the press and politicians elected to avoid confronting those demons they entertain in the dark, it is Wahhabism we must all admit that sits the architect of all Terror in the world.
From the shores of Libya, to Yemen’s burning skies, Wahhabism/Takfirism has ravaged nations so that it could sanctify exclusion in the blood of the innocent.
This March, London came face to face with the very monster its government and its officials have courted, propped and embraced – all of course in the name of capitalism.
Was it not Theresa May, who, back in September 2016 claimed that Britain’s weapon deals with the kingdom “keep people on the streets of Britain safe”? As a Parliamentary committee charged with scrutinising arms exports said it was likely British weapons had been used to violate international law the British Premiere argued partnership and geopolitical alliances in favour of a regime who has rationalised wanton murder to impose its political will on those seen as lesser … today Britain is mourning several of its nationals.
For all the grand declarations of undying friendship and affirmations of geopolitical pragmatism western capitals may have showered Saudi Arabia, the kingdom’s love affair with Wahhabism proved once more to be lethal.
Maybe now British officials will master more than a tentative whimper of disapproval and find it within themselves to stand before Al Saud’s dancing swordsmen long enough to salvage their dignity. One still recalls how then-Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond’s office in 2015 noted in relation to Saudi Arabia’s propensity to behead its prisoners: “Now is not the time to annoy Saudi Arabia by causing a diplomatic squabble.”
What about now? What about today … should we dare rattle the proverbial cage when blood has been spilled in the streets of London by a system whose vision and anchor rest in bloodshed, violence and ostracisation?
Maybe now we could heed Mark Steel’s comments for the Independent when he posited in reference to Britain’s shameless support of the kingdom: “It’s also turned out that Prime Minister David Cameron made an arrangement with the Saudis to ensure both Saudi Arabia and the UK got a place on the UN’s Human Rights Council. Because everyone knows the Saudis are the ideal people to adjudicate on human rights. Their first report will be on the shocking state of affairs in Norway, where perfectly innocent citizens are denied their human right to crucify someone for buying a bottle of Jack Daniels.”
Whatever agenda animated Khalid Masood’s arm, the terrorist responsible for the Westminster attack, cannot be found in the UK … its root lies thousands of miles away, in the land that saw rise bigoted intolerance under the banner of Al-Saud House of horror.
Khalid Masood we ought to remember was made into a terrorist. Before he could wield a weapon, Wahhabism weaponised his mind by removing all trace of humanity – such is a nature of this Terror, our western governments have collectively failed to identify, preferring instead to sell national security to Riyadh’s coffers.
A violent individuals with a string of offenses to his name Masood spent several years in Saudi Arabia – spoon-fed sectarianism and exclusion by a demented religious establishment which understanding of compassion equates to tear people’s limbs apart.
Was it not the Grand Mufti of Saudi Arabia who only recently called for the destruction of all Churches? Was it not Saudi Arabia’s clergymen who called for the massacre of all religious communities except for their own so that only they, would tower over faith?
As Alexander Lucie-Smith notes: “The Grand Mufti is appointed by the Saudi government. The Saudis are allies of us Brits and the Americans.”
Maybe a little introspection is in order here … Maybe, just maybe we should learn to lay blame at the feet of tyrants instead of victimising those parties which seek to oppose religious genocide!
As Martin Luther King Jr said: “The ultimate tragedy is not the oppression and cruelty by the bad people but the silence over that by the good people.”
Which enemy here is worthier of Britain’s wrath: Iran for offering its blood and its sons to fighting Terror wherever it may hide or Saudi Arabia for abusing its billions in spreading hate?
Which should be shun, if in truth we are honest?
How many truths can we afford to bury without standing the risk of losing ourselves in the dirt?
This March hundreds of Americans affected by the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks filed a lawsuit against Saudi Arabia over its alleged role in the incident, demanding reparations from the Saudi monarchy.
The plaintiffs accused Saudis of providing funding and support to al-Qaeda terrorists, who they said, carried out the attacks.
The lawsuit claimed that at least three of the 9/11 hijackers had ties with al-Qaeda. “Saudi Arabia was duplicitous,” it said.
“It presented a public face to the United States and other Western countries of a nation fighting al Qaeda and terrorism while at the same time, as detailed herein, Saudi government actors gave al-Qaeda substantial material support and resources.”
In addition, the lawsuit also argued the September 11 attacks were not possible without the involvement of the Saudi royal family.
“As a result, the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia is liable to plaintiffs for all damages resulting in the injuries and deaths in September 11th Attacks,” the suit said.
Of the 19 hijackers that allegedly carried out the 9/11 attacks, 15 were Saudi nationals and available evidence suggests some of them were linked to high-ranking Saudi officials.
Come on now … Are we still playing the ostrich? Are we still asking why and how when demented devils vomit hatred from their pulpits while their patrons hug our leaders in friendship and alliances?
Come on now…
By Catherine Shakdam – Director of Programs for the Shafaqna Institute of Middle Eastern Studies