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Terrorism Funding

Discussion in 'Issues Around the World' started by ditch, Nov 26, 2002.

  1. ditch

    ditch Downunder Member

    More dirt on the Saudis with this story with wealthy Saudis accused of funding terrorism. Efforts to stop the flow of cash haven't been forthcoming as there was the concern that the Saudis will be offended and therfore the risk with a possible war with Iraq....well you know the rest. Read all about it.
     
  2. Ravenink

    Ravenink Veteran Member

    Bin Laden is Saudi is he not?

    Most of the hijackers were Saudi were they not?

    In this context, it is hardly surprising or a revelation that much of the financial backing of Al-Qaeda comes from that country.
     
  3. immortal one

    immortal one 501st Geronimo

    The Saudis wouldn't do anything like that...they're our friends...our allies. rofl
     
  4. ditch

    ditch Downunder Member

    No not surprising. What is concerning though is that the apparent knowledge of this funding has not been acted on for fear of upsetting the Saudis as an ally in the event of another Gulf conflict. A fight against terrorism is compromised , to a point, by concerns about using Saudi Asrabia as a base. A conflict of interests here with a war on terrorism being fought on the one hand and a lack of action on the other to cut off the source of funding for the enemy. Understandable maybe but dirty politics.
     
  5. ditch

    ditch Downunder Member

    Yes, who needs enemies when you've got friends like that.:)
     
  6. Robert Harris

    Robert Harris Passed Away Aug. 19, 2006

    Ah, but the Saudi governmeent today said all of this talk of them funding terrorists is a bunch of lies. They just are giving to charities, to help other arabs, as they are supposed to do. We believe them, of course. Thehy are allies and would not lie to us.

    (Did not get the cite -- one of the news sources.)
     
  7. immortal one

    immortal one 501st Geronimo

    Agreed. We do not act, so as not to upset them. Nothing like playing favorites.
    One of the things that make me question how serious we actually are about the so called War on Terror.
     
  8. ditch

    ditch Downunder Member

    Bob, Try this, it should work.
     
  9. wapu

    wapu Veteran Member

    Rush made an interesting point about the Saudi's today. He said the US is so friendly and ready to defend them publicly not because we buy oil from them, but because they can be major players in the world wide price of oil. They can increase production a little and bring the price down and go the other way too. Have the saudi's as an ally can help keep the price of oil <i>stable</i> even if we don't buy it directly from them. interesting thought.


    wapu
     
  10. immortal one

    immortal one 501st Geronimo

    Wasn't Osama's brother Salem involved in the Iran-Contra affair...funneling money through the Saudis?
     
  11. ditch

    ditch Downunder Member


    There is no doubt that having the Saudis on side as a nation is a plus in many important ways such as oil prices and regional stability. I would have thought that going after a few individuals whose money is directed to furthering the cause of your enemy should have happened sooner and,if factual, would not have necessarily got the Saudis offside anyway. After all Bin Laden himself is a Saudi with money. The only major difference here is that he is more public in his stance than the others, whoever they may be.
     
  12. Robert Harris

    Robert Harris Passed Away Aug. 19, 2006

    This explains it all.

    http://www.uclick.com/client/nyt/po/
     

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