Lost amid the national distractions of a Super Bowl and Super
Tuesday, the clock is running down on an immense sale of
precision-guided munitions and other advanced weapons to Saudi Arabia
and several of the smaller oil-rich Gulf States the Saudis dominate.
two-thirds majorities in both houses of Congress adopt resolutions of
disapproval by Feb. 14, these transactions will proceed. All other
things being equal, it is a safe bet the Saudis will augment their
already vast arsenal with these new American arms.
many in official Washington recognize the growing aggressiveness of
Iran is a threat to U.S. interests in the region — from Iraq to Israel
to the flow of oil through the Persian Gulf. Even before Bush
administration efforts to prevent Tehran's Islamofascist mullahs from
obtaining nuclear weapons were undone by a politicized National
Intelligence Estimate, the step of up-arming rival nations was an
obvious move. In the aftermath of that NIE, it became the only game in
Thanks moreover to the Saudis' considerable influence
in U.S. corridors of power — cultivated over many years and at a cost
of untold millions of dollars spent on lavish retainers, trips and
other inducements for politicians, former officials and
lawyer-lobbyists — the latest weapon sale has been greased like one of
the Gulfies' petrodollar-powered "sovereign wealth" acquisitions. Apart
from 100 or so mostly Democratic congressmen who have declared their
opposition to such further arming of the Saudis, scarcely a
discouraging word has been heard about the whole matter.
President Bush's latest sop to the Saudis nonetheless provides something valuable — what educators call a "teaching moment."
notion that the United States' vital interests will be served by
providing the Saudis and their minions with billions of dollars in
additional arms fundamentally rests on the proposition that Saudi
Arabia is indeed a "reliable ally." Would anybody in their right mind
propose such sales if we had reason to believe they might be used against us — either by the original owners or by a successor government? Presumably not.
about if the arms themselves are not turned against us but other
actions taken or supported by the government in question are profoundly
As with the Saudis' selective fight with al Qaeda —
working with us to repress that terrorist organization's operations
inside Saudi Arabia but helping enable its operations abroad,
thanks to support from Saudi royals, government agencies, businesses,
front groups and "charities" — playing double-games at America's
expense does not qualify one as a "reliable ally."
The question is: If Americans were made fully aware of the nature
and extent of the Saudis' double game, would they support the pending
arms deal? At the very least, it seems unlikely they would support
policies, such as the decimation of Israel now pursued by the Bush
administration partly in the hope Saudi Arabia will play a moderating
role in the region, helping to birth a peaceable Palestinian state and
a stable, pro-U.S. Middle East.
Before acquiescing to the
pending Saudi arms sale, it therefore behooves legislators to establish
the extent to which the kingdom and its surrogates contribute
materially to imperiling the United States' constitutional form of
government, its society and its capitalist economic system.
example, our representatives should determine and make public
information about Saudi involvement in the following hostile activities:
Promoting Shariah, what amounts to a theo-political-legal code that
repressively governs Saudi society and that the Saudis (and other
Islamofascists) seek to impose on all of us, Muslims and non-Muslims,
alike. Such an agenda involves, among other horrors, the overthrow of
representative governments like ours — violently if necessary — and is,
therefore, patently seditious and illegal.
• Funding and
operating thousands of mosques, madrassas and Islamic centers
throughout United States and elsewhere around the world in the service
of the Saudi's Shariah program. An as-yet-unpublished survey of 100 of
these facilities in America has confirmed the vast majority feature
incitement through sermons and proselytizing by Saudi-trained imams
and/or hateful Saudi-produced literature, videos and textbooks.
Founding and underwriting a network of organizations the Justice
Department has determined are Muslim Brotherhood front groups including
such so-called "mainstream" entities as the Islamic Society of North
America and the Council on American-Islamic Relations. As the Justice
Department has also demonstrated, the Brotherhood has a stated
objective of destroying America from within. This goal is being
advanced via their recruitment in America's prison systems and military
and their penetration and suborning of the U.S. government.
Last but hardly least, seeking to co-opt and exploit America's capital
markets via investments said to be "Shariah-compliant." The arbiters of
such compliance are Saudi-trained "authorities" whose stated purpose is
to promote Shariah. The more candid among them have declared such
financial arrangements — also doing business as "Islamic banking,"
"ethical finance" and "structured finance" — to be "financial jihad,"
yet another instrument to be used to bring about the Islamists' goal of
a global caliphate by destroying the West from within.
will have no one to blame but ourselves if the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia
persists in such behavior as we fail to hold them accountable for their
actions. The first step toward doing the latter would be to take
advantage of the present teaching moment before contemplating further
rewarding the Saudis for their double-game.