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No Surprise In Pensacola

Pensacola Shooting
It should have surprised no one in our government that Saudi second lieutenant Mohammed Saeed Alshamrani, the Muslim trainee who killed three and injured eight at Pensacola Naval Air Station on Friday, was part of a cell of six others, including three who filmed his martyrdom operation while it was underway.

Saudi Arabia has long played the roles of both arsonist and fireman in the war Islam has declared on the West.

For more than two centuries, Wahhabism has been Saudi Arabia's dominant faith. It is an austere form of Islam that insists on a literal interpretation of the Koran. Strict Wahhabis believe that all those who don't practice their form of Islam are heathens and enemies.

So, to be strictly accurate, Osama bin Laden, the Taliban and the Islamic State aren’t radical Islamic terrorists; they are Wahhabis or Salafists.

And as Ali al-Ahmed, a Shi'a Muslim who grew up in Saudi Arabia, told NPR's Frontline, the “religious curriculum in Saudi Arabia teaches you that people are basically two sides: Salafis [Wahhabis], who are the winners, the chosen ones, who will go to heaven, and the rest. The rest are Muslims and Christians and Jews and others.”

Students in Saudi Arabia are told, “They are either kafirs, who are deniers of God, or mushrak, putting gods next to God, or enervators, that's the lightest one. The enervators of religion who are they call the Sunni Muslims who ... for instance, celebrate Prophet Mohammed's birthday, and do some stuff that is not accepted by Salafis.”

And observed Ali al-Ahmed, “all of these people are supposed to be hated, to be persecuted, even killed. And we have several [Muslim] clergy -- not [just] one Salafi clergy -- who have said that against the Shi'a and against the other Muslims. And they have done it in Algeria, in Afghanistan. This is the same ideology. They just have the same opportunity. They did it in Algeria and Afghanistan, and now New York…

Wahhabism's explosive growth began in the 1970s when, as NPR observed in a Frontline analysis, Saudi charities started funding Wahhabi schools (madrassas) and mosques from Islamabad to Culver City, California.

The reach of the Saudis has been stunning, reported the New York Times, touching nearly every country with a Muslim population, from the Gothenburg Mosque in Sweden to the King Faisal Mosque in Chad, from the King Fahad Mosque in Los Angeles to the Seoul Central Mosque in South Korea.

Support has come from the Saudi government; the royal family; Saudi charities; and Saudi-sponsored organizations including the World Muslim League, the World Assembly of Muslim Youth and the International Islamic Relief Organization, providing the hardware of impressive edifices and the software of preaching and teaching.

The result of lavish spending on religious outreach for half a century, estimated in the tens of billions of dollars. The result has been amplified by guest workers, many from South Asia, who spend years in Saudi Arabia and bring Saudi ways home with them.

In many countries, Wahhabist preaching has encouraged a harshly judgmental religion, contributing to majority support in some polls in Egypt, Pakistan and other countries for stoning for adultery and execution for anyone trying to leave Islam.

William McCants, a Brookings Institution scholar who first made the “both the arsonists and the firefighters” comparison, said, “They promote a very toxic form of Islam that draws sharp lines between a small number of true believers and everyone else, Muslim and non-Muslim,” thus providing ideological fodder for violent jihadists. Yet at the same time, “they’re our partners in counterterrorism,” Mr. McCants noted.

The Saudis are now our partners in combatting terrorism as a matter of self-preservation, not because they have suddenly abandoned the Wahhabist teachings they have spent billions spreading around the globe.

We believe that President Trump is personally committed to winning the war Islam has declared on the West, and from that perspective he would be well-served by ignoring the thoroughly compromised Obama-era officers now inhabiting the upper echelons of the US military and intelligence community and taking some briefings from our friends at the Center for Security Policy and others who have not been infected by the Islam is a religion of peace fantasy, or at least listening to what Ali al-Ahmed told NPR:

Yes, Prince Nayif [of Saudi Arabia] condemned bin Laden, and other princes... Prince Turki condemned bin Laden. They did not condemn that message. They condemned bin Laden. …Bin Laden learned this in Saudi Arabia. He didn't learn it in the moon. That message that Bin Laden received, it still is taught in Saudi Arabia. And if bin Laden dies, and this policy or curriculum stays, we will have other bin Ladens.

As we noted at the top of the article – knowing Lt. Alshamrani was educated in the same environment that gave birth to bin Laden and most of the other 9/11 “martyrs” how could his attack have been a surprise?

It was only a surprise because President’s military and intelligence advisors apparently understand nothing about Islam and its core beliefs and values and have thus failed to grasp the essential lesson of the war Islam has declared on the West: Islam is a religion of peace only in the sense that the world will only enjoy peace when the Ummah encompasses the whole world, and all its peoples have the peace that living under Islam allegedly bestows.

George Rasley is editor of Richard Viguerie's ConservativeHQ.com and is a veteran of over 300 political campaigns. A member of American MENSA, he served on the staff of Vice President Dan Quayle, as Director of Policy and Communication for former Congressman Adam Putnam (FL-12) then Vice Chairman of the Oversight and Government Reform Committee's Subcommittee on National Security and Foreign Affairs, and as spokesman for Rep. Mac Thornberry former Chairman of the House Armed Services Committee.

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