Families of 9/11 victims thought it would soon become easier for them to sue Saudi Arabia after the Senate passed the Justice Against Sponsors of Terrorism Act last week.
But at the very last minute, Sen. Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., and others inserted an amendment allowing the attorney general and secretary of state to stop any litigation against the Saudis in its tracks by staying court action indefinitely.
America’s “Saudi allies” strike again.
“The Saudis continue to have major influence over the U.S,” said Michael Maloof, a former Defense Department analyst and national security writer for WND. “The whole CIA is very much involved with the Saudis. John Brennan, who is now the CIA director, used to be the station chief in Saudi Arabia, so the Saudi influence is very, very great in the U.S. government even now.”
The Saudis certainly appear to have had a hand in stopping 9/11 families from suing their government. In its story on Schumer’s amendment, the New York Post reported, “[T]he Saudi government has unleashed an army of lobbyists on the Hill, where they’re handing out a bound, 104-page document claiming, ‘The kingdom is one of the leading nations in combating terrorism and terror-financing.'”
There is some truth to that, according to Maloof, and it helps explain why the U.S. considers Saudi Arabia an ally.
“Even though the Saudis continue to finance ISIS outside [their borders], they’re not tolerating them inside the kingdom,” he explained. “As long as they’re resisting either al-Qaida or ISIS from coming into the kingdom, it’s probably the view of the U.S. as well as Russia that they’ll put up with the Saudi regime, as much as they’re holding their nose over it.”
Maloof said our “Saudi allies” would never try to destroy the West directly – they would only use their jihadist proxies to do that. But he did point out what they are now doing to ease the settlement of their fellow Sunnis in Europe.
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“They won’t accept any refugees from Syria, but yet in those European countries that are accepting refugees, Saudi Arabia, out of the graciousness of their heart, has agreed to build mosques in those European cities for these migrants,” Maloof said.
Maloof, author of “A Nation Forsaken,” said U.S.-Saudi relations are increasingly about two things: money and geostrategic interests. The Saudis have intervened militarily in Yemen, a country in which ISIS and al-Qaida have both gained footholds. The Saudis are primarily interested in fighting the Shiite Houthis, but the U.S. has assisted the Saudi efforts and used them as a pretext to go after ISIS in Yemen, according to Maloof.
Then there’s the trade issue. About 11 percent of U.S. petroleum imports come from Saudi Arabia, according to the U.S. Energy Information Agency. And while the U.S. is buying Saudi oil, Saudi Arabia is buying tens of billions of dollars in defense articles from the U.S., according to Maloof.
“That tends to tamp down a little bit of the criticism of the Saudis from the U.S. government,” he reasoned.
William Murray, chairman of the Religious Freedom Coalition and author of “Utopian Road to Hell: Enslaving America and the World with Central Planning,” said the U.S. and other Western governments tend to put money above philosophy, which could explain the continuing U.S. “alliance” with the philosophically hostile Saudi regime.
“With money comes influence,” Murray stated. “When people have influence, you cannot call out the problems.”
He said the problem with Saudi Arabia, which is the problem with our “Sunni allies” more broadly, is that virtually all recent Islamic terror attacks against the West have come from Sunni Muslims. Murray ran through a litany: the 1988 Pan-Am airplane bombing, the 1993 World Trade Center bombing, the 9/11 hijackings, the Ft. Hood shooting, the San Bernardino shooting, the bus attacks in London and last year’s two attacks in Paris. All of these were carried out by Sunni Muslims.
“Oh, Saudi Arabia is Sunni; therefore our real problem is the Shia crescent,” Murray said sarcastically. “We have to destroy the Shia crescent and we have to support our ‘Sunni allies,’ which means Saudi Arabia.”
It doesn’t make sense, Murray said, especially considering Shiite fighters primarily attack military targets while Sunni fighters have no qualms about attacking civilians.
“So we have this skewed view because of the wealth of Saudi Arabia and the Saudi Arabian influence,” he concluded.