Key British Government Ally ‘top of the list’ funding terrorism – report
You might have missed this story in the media if you blinked. Mainstream media did cover it. I am not saying they didn’t but they did not give it the coverage it warranted because most of the coverage was a conscious attempt to downplay the story. Let’s look at the Daily Mail‘s coverage. It contains all the elements of the story under the rather anodyne headline “Saudi Arabia ‘is undoubtedly at the top of the list’ of countries funding Islamist terrorism in Britain, claims report”. Fair enough you may think. However, lets think about this. One thing the story doesn’t really mention is the exceptionally close relationship between the British government (and by no means just this one) and the ruling House of Saud. My headline does for a specific reason – I think most readers would agree my headline is more shocking and gets straight to the heart of the issue – our government has a direct and close relationship with the people who are indicted by a growing number of sources as directly financing the people who kill and maim British citizens indiscriminately.
You have to read half way through the story (presuming you managed to get past the snore-fest headline and the preamble) to stumble upon the next shocking aspect of this story:
Saudi Arabia has engaged in a 60-year, multi-million dollar effort to export Wahhabi Islam – which forms the basis of extremist ideologies exploited by the likes of ISIS – to the UK, the report says (file image)
It was understood that the report would largely focus on Saudi Arabia, but in May this year the Home Office announced the research has yet to be completed.
Even if the report is finished, the findings may never be made public because of the ‘very sensitive’ nature of the material, a spokesman said.
Prime Minister Theresa May, who visited Saudi Arabia earlier this year, has been accused of ‘kowtowing’ to the kingdom by ‘suppressing’ the report.
It has to be said this is not the first time this government has been caught covering up for its Saudi friends. Earlier in the year it faced similar accusations about what precisely it knew about the brutal Saudi bombing campaign in Yemen. Incidentally, I am not even going to get into the mind-bending hypocrisy of the Saudi governments current ‘anti-terror’ crusade against the Qatari government which has nothing to do with enmity towards funding terrorists and everything to do with persuading Qatar to be less pally with Iran. The problem is not that Qatar may be funding terrorism but the possibility that maybe they are funding Iranian terrorism, which of course, in Saudi eyes is ‘bad’ terrorism, as opposed to the groups they fund which is the ‘right’ kind of terrorism. Words literally fail me as to how the hapless government apparatchiks in Riyadh keep a straight-face when making these accusations given the shenanigans of their own government.
I want to deal with two of the classic arguments for not doing anything about Saudi Arabia.
- What would follow the House of Saud would be worse. How? These people fund ISIS and export terrorism. How can it get any worse? If it wasnt so serious. If so many people weren’t actually dying then this would actually be a laughable claim. Our key allies in the fight against terrorism? So, they are assisting us greatly in the fight against….themselves.
- It would damage oil production and supply and inflate oil prices. True, it would in the short-term but this is a contingency that can be planned and prepared for and ultimately so did attacking Iraq – a country which it has been long established simply did not ever have the kind of direct involvement with terrorism that Saudi Arabia clearly does.
The fact is this – the relationship between the British government and the Saudi government is treasonous because ultimately the latter is heavily implicated in the death of British civilians. Ultimately, this is well known because why else the cover-ups and the totally compliant and docile coverage across the mainstream media which does nothing to highlight the true depravity at the heart of this sordid story. So, what can we do? Firstly, UKIP should revive its policy of banning the Saudi funding of British Mosques. The Henry Jackson report actually mentions this as being the main transmission belt of Saudi money towards the spread of terrorist ideology. It is a common sense policy that should be accepted regardless of your view on Islam so it is one I would hope all UKIP leadership candidates will agree with. Second, we should back the call for a public enquiry into the funding of terrorist groupings, the role of the Saudi and other Middle Eastern governments and finally widen its remit to shine a light into the dark corners of our own government and its relationship with this evil regime.