I am looking at three separate reports (all from the UK) that say that “Saudi Arabia, Kuwait and Qatar are supporting extremist Islamic groups in Germany, according to a leaked intelligence report … [and] … A brief seen by the Süddeutsche Zeitung and broadcasters NDR and WDR raised concern over a reported increase in support for fundamentalist Salafism in Germany, warning that the ideology already has 10,000 followers and is growing … [further] … The report, by Germany’s BfV domestic intelligence agency and Federal Intelligence Service (BND) reportedly accused Gulf groups of funding mosques, religious schools, hardline preachers and conversion or “dawah” groups to spread the ideology.” Those are the exact words from reports in The Independent and in the Express. The third report is from the Belfast Telegraph and it says that “Missionary movements were part of a “long-running strategy to exert influence” by the three states, it found, naming the Saudi Muslim World League, Sheikh Eid Bin Mohammad al-Thani Charitable Association and Kuwaiti Revival of Islamic Heritage Society (RIHS), which has been banned by the US and Russia for allegedly supporting al-Qaeda … [and] … The report said all three organisations were “closely connected with government offices in their home countries” … [however] … The BND and BfV have not confirmed the accuracy of leaked excerpts but sources told Deutsche Welle that some members of the security community believe it was internally leaked to pressure the German government into stopping controversial arms sales to Saudi Arabia.“
We have long known that Saudi Arabia is the home of Salafism, an ultra-conservative movement within Sunni Islam that developed in Arabia in the first half of the 18th century, and it may be the same or a subset of Wahhabism which is equally fundamentalist. Both sects ~ or they may be one in the same ~ have been closely linked to with the House of Saud, the ruling royal family of Saudi Arabia since 1744. I have read estimates (that came with what appeared to be solid sources) that say that the Saudis, alone, have spent more than $100 Billion, $2 to 3 Billion a year for more than 40 years, on “education” that teaches Wahhabite or Salafist doctrines in thousands of madrassas around the world, especially in the poor border region of Pakistan/Afghanistan where the Taliban ~ which literally means Islamic scholars ~ was born in those Saudi funded religious schools.
But Saudi Arabia is a rich country with very, very close ties to the highest political offices and officers in America, Britain and many, many other Western countries, including Canada, and the Saudi royals are used to rubbing friendly shoulders with the highest officials in many lands:
But many people have understood since the heyday of Osama bin Laden, and the attacks on 9/11, and the battles in Afghanistan that it was Saudi money and influence that gave e.g. al Qaeda and the Taliban the strength to attack America and kill Canadians:
But it has been rare for anyone to make the connection between the Saudi government, which is the royal family, and some of the other medieval kingdoms in the region, and global, anti-Western terrorism. We, in the West, including Canada, do a lot of business with Saudi Arabia, and the Saudis donate a lot of money to all sorts of causes, including donating to “foundations” that are very, very close to serving and former political leaders in many, many countries. It seems to have been agreed, at the highest political levels in many Western capitals that the Saudis, and other Gulf State ruling families, are just too rich, too powerful and too important to whatever passes for diplomacy and negotiation in the region to be named as supporters of terror. That’s too bad because there is plenty of evidence that ties the royals in Arabia and the Gulf very directly to our sworn enemies, those who declared war on us, and there is every indication that the Salafist and Wahhabite doctrines are both tied to anti-Western extremists in the Americas and Europe and other Western regions and that those doctrines are driving barbaric practices by e.g. Da’esh/ISIL/ISIS.
And that’s too bad, because we, the US led West, do have a few real friends in the region, rulers and governments that we can, generally, trust … people who are interested in bringing real, just, lasting peace and prosperity to all the peoples of the region … but they aren’t rich enough, and they aren’t influential enough, and they are not closely enough connected to Western business and political elites.
We shouldn’t be selling Canadian armoured vehicles to the Saudis, we should be using them against them because they are a dangerous enemy state … my opinion, anyway.