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You Can’t Understand ISIS If You Don’t Know the History of Wahhabism in Saudi Arabia

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You Cant Understand ISIS If You Don’t Know the History of Wahhabism in Saudi Arabia
ALASTAIR CROOKE is a former MI-6 agent and author, of Resistance: The Essence of Islamic Revolution.
 
BEIRUT The dramatic arrival of Da’ish (ISIS) on the stage of Iraq has shocked many in the West. Many have been perplexedand horrifiedby its violence and its evident magnetism for Sunni youth. But more than this, they find Saudi Arabias ambivalence in the face of this manifestation both troubling and inexplicable, wondering, “Don’t the Saudis understand that ISIS threatens them, too?”
 
It appearseven nowthat Saudi Arabia’s ruling elite is divided. Some applaud that ISIS is fighting Iranian Shiite “fire” with Sunni “fire”; that a new Sunni state is taking shape at the very heart of what they regard as a historical Sunni patrimony; and they are drawn by Da’ish’s strict Salafist ideology.
 
Other Saudis are more fearful, and recall the history of the revolt against Abd-al Aziz by the Wahhabist Ikhwan (Disclaimer: this Ikhwan has nothing to do with the Muslim Brotherhood Ikhwanplease note, all further references hereafter are to the Wahhabist Ikhwan, and not to the Muslim Brotherhood Ikhwan), but which nearly imploded Wahhabism and the al-Saud in the late 1920s.
 
Many Saudis are deeply disturbed by the radical doctrines of Da’ish (ISIS)and are beginning to question some aspects of Saudi Arabia’s direction and discourse.
 
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BRITISH GODFATHER OF SAUDI ARABIA
 
In a sense, Philby may be said to be “godfather” to this momentous pact by which the Saudi leadership would use its clout to “manage” Sunni Islam on behalf of western objectives (containing socialism, Ba’athism, Nasserism, Soviet influence, Iran, etc.)and in return, the West would acquiesce to Saudi Arabia’s soft-power Wahhabisation of the Islamic ummah (with its concomitant destruction of Islam’s intellectual traditions and diversity and its sowing of deep divisions within the Muslim world).
 
As a resultfrom then until nowBritish and American policy has been bound to Saudi aims (as tightly as to their own ones), and has been heavily dependent on Saudi Arabia for direction in pursuing its course in the Middle East.
 
In political and financial terms, the Saud-Philby strategy has been an astonishing success (if taken on its own, cynical, self-serving terms). But it was always rooted in British and American intellectual obtuseness: the refusal to see the dangerous “gene” within the Wahhabist project, its latent potential to mutate, at any time, back into its original a bloody, puritan strain. In any event, this has just happened: ISIS is it

 http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/npqu.11504/epdf

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Very informative, thank you.

It's about the oil but also about conformity.

Obama Promises U.S. Military will Defend Rich Arab Dictatorships

High officials from six Persian Gulf countries got assurances last week from President Barack Obama at a meeting of the Cooperation Council for the Arab States of the Gulf (GCC) that the United States would respond, perhaps with military force, to an “external threat” to any of the countries.

The six countries represented at the meeting, Saudi Arabia; Kuwait; Bahrain; Qatar; Oman; and the United Arab Emirates, seem to have no problems dealing with what they perceive as internal threats, however.Amnesty International has cataloged human rights abuses in each of those countries:

http://govtslaves.info/obama-promises-u-s-military-will-defend-rich-arab-dictatorships/

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