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Who Are These Wahhabis, and What Do They Want?
by Alan Moretti
23 January 2004Islam

According to Tom Carter, Wahhabism is a puritanical form of Islam that teaches intolerance of anyone who does not conform to its worldview, Muslims and non-Muslims alike.


Terrorist attacks can shake the foundations of our biggest buildings, but they cannot touch the foundation of America. These acts shattered steal, but they cannot dent the steel of Americans resolve.

America was targeted for attack because we’re the brightest beacon for freedom and opportunity in the world. And no one will keep that light from shining”.
-- President George W. Bush

It was reported on June 27, 2003 that al- Qaeda’s second highest-ranking member and also his spokesman were being held in Iran. Ayman al- Zawahiri, known to be Osama bin Laden’s right hand man and third ranked Saif al- Adel were captured by Iranian authorities before the terror attack in Riyadh on May 15th of this last year.

This is a great example of how the American media now works. Before 9-11 none of this would be on the radar screen. Terrorists under arrest and attacks in foreign countries never made it into a news event, until the attack on the USS Cole. To this day the media still has not reported on President Clinton’s lack of attention toward Osama bin Laden. The New York Times and other liberal sources have even praised our past President as an expert in international relations. The media was well focused on the NATO victory in the Eastern Europe tour while the world’s largest genocide in Rwanda was occurring. (By the way: parts of Eastern Europe like Iraq still have no electrical power.)

Not only was President Clinton a “failure” in Africa, he was also a “failure” on the War on Terror. I don’t hear any of the Democratic candidates out on the campaign trail tearing into this topic like they do toward President Bush. Many people believe the War on Terror started on 9-11-2001, but in all reality it started during President Clinton’s watch.

On December 29, 1992 Osama bin Laden and his “posse” started the war of global terror. Their targets were two large hotels that they believed symbolized the Western culture. Not only were civilians from all over the world occupying these hotels but they also housed the United States military stationed in the city of Aden, Yemen.

The attack was a huge success and a strong morale booster for Osama bin Laden and his growing terror network. In many reports the Adel bombings were the first strikes for Osama bin Laden and his small terror group. Luckily many of the American soldiers checked out of the hotel a few days prior to the attack. Unfortunately within hours of the terrible bombing our troops were ordered by President Clinton to withdraw from the area, leaving Osama bin Laden and his supporters to celebrate. This was the birth of the global terror network called al- Qaeda.
   
If you examine this .pdf chart, The Web of Terror, you will find the name of the organization that Osama bin Laden uses to fund and funnel money to al- Qaeda. It also indicates other organizations with which al- Qaeda is known to be associated. These are the first and most obvious links of al- Qaeda to Saudi Arabia and the Wahhabi extremists.

“Wahhabism is a puritanical form of Islam that teaches intolerance of anyone who does not conform to its worldview, Muslims and non-Muslims alike. This is taught in Saudi schools and preached in tens of thousands of government-supported mosques, ” according to Tom Carter of the Washington Times. Saudi Arabia was at one time dependent on the Wahhabi religion to protect them from foreign invaders and to keep other Muslim sects under control. Not only would they attack Jews and Christians but also fellow Muslims that they felt are not true believers. “Wahhabis believe it is their duty to kill infidels and heretics, polytheists -- believers in more than one god -- and apostate rulers who defile the land of the two holy cities. That last phrase -- the land of two holy cities -- is what Al Qaeda calls Saudi Arabia because they are so angry at the Saudi royal family and the westernized Saudis they won't even use the name,” writes John Gibson of Fox News.

There is still a strong connection between Saddam and al Qaeda, through Ansar al Islam located in northern and central Iraq. Ansar al Islam has been associated with al Qaeda through transferred funds and strong Saudi Wahhabi ties. Saddam may have used this terror group to keep the Kurds from the north from rebelling and braking away from Iraq. I also suspect Ansar al Islam has been connected to many Kurdish murders during Saddam’s genocide back in the year 2000.

Today al- Qaeda is a “Pit Bull” that Saudi Arabia, Syria, and Iraq can no longer control. There have been well-planned bombing attacks on western interests that exist within Saudi Arabia’s boarders.

This death squad of hate is now targeting Turkey with a recent attack on this Muslim country. They are now are going after the only pure democratic Muslim country in the world. Their plan is to scare countries and governments from uniting together to fight this hatred. It is up to us to see that we are successful in this constant struggle between good and evil. Only the future knows our fate, instead of waiting for it lets write it out for ourselves.

Let every nation know, whether it wishes us well or ill, we shall pay any price, bear any burden, meet any hardship, support any friend, oppose any foe, to assure the survival and success of liberty.
-- President John F. Kennedy


Alan Moretti, a political major at Ramapo College, is the State Vice Chairman of the College Republicans of New Jersey
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