Prominent Shia cleric Sheikh Nimr al-Nimr is among 47 people executed for terrorism offences in Saudi Arabia, the interior ministry says. Saudi Arabia will face “divine revenge” for its execution of a prominent Shia cleric, Iran’s supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei [of Iran] has warned. BBC News, January 3
Source: David Masciotra in Salon, December 27
…One of America’s closest allies is Saudi Arabia. The alliance is mostly a one-way relationship in which the United States is subservient and obsequious – essentially a harem to the Saudi royal family, who collect all the benefits and rewards.
Saudi Arabia is the country most responsible for the rise of radical Islam, and the largest benefactor to Islamic terrorist organizations. According to multiple sources of American intelligence and Indian intelligence, the Saudis have spent billions to build mosques, madrasas and cultural centers dedicated to the promotion of Wahhabism – the small but growing sect of Islam insistent on literal interpretation of the Quran, and violent jihad.
Robert Baer, a retired CIA officer and author of Sleeping with the Devil: How Washington Sold our Soul for Saudi Crude, has diagnosed the disease of America’s selective and insincere outrage against Islamic terrorism: “Saudi Arabia has accelerated Islamic fundamentalism to the point that Saudi Arabia, or at least, powerful people in Saudi Arabia, have become an enemy of the United States.”
That enemy revealed itself on September 11, 2001, when 19 hijackers, 15 of whom were Saudis, successfully launched the worst attack on U.S. soil in the history of the country. Former Senator Bob Graham has strong reason to believe the Saudi connection was not mere coincidence or superficially ethnic. In two separate sworn statements, the former senator explained that, according to the intelligence he reviewed as chairman of the Senate Intelligence Committee, it is likely that Saudi officials provided aid and comfort to the terrorists responsible for the 9/11 atrocity.