Thursday, January 22nd, 2004
THE CRISIS OF THE SAUDI REGIME
A good column by Arnaud de Borchgrave on the recent crackdown on radical Wahhabist Imams in Saudi Arabia precipitated by the recent discovery of terrorist training camps in the Saudi desert that had been disguised as religous seminaries and mosques. De Borchgrave gives a concise description of the factions within the House of Saud, which apparently is funding Islamist terror schools in Southern Thailand along with Pakistan and Indonesia.
The House of Saud had been divided in the 1950’s and 1960’s by dynastic competition ( Saud vs. Faisal) and the spread of Nasserism and Pan-Arabism which infected younger, less influential princes but the current threat posed by Islamism dwarfs that struggle by several orders of magnitude.
The Perle-Frum op-ed. in the NYT. Perle/Frum take a much harder line on the Saudis for their global Madrassa threat that they pose – which in my view is a serious, substantive, long-range ideological threat to Western values. ( Link found via Milt’s File )