Thursday, June 5, 2008

Fighting Terrorism, Appeasement Style

For all of their bluster about appeasement, the only appeasing being done these days is by the Bush administration, and the regime they are appeasing is the Saudi royal family.

Is Wael Julaidan, founder of al Qaeda and one of only two Saudis ever designated as terrorist financiers by the Saudi regime and supposedly out of circulation, back in the public spotlight? It would seem so.

According to the English language Saudi paper, the the Arab News Julaidan was a featured speaker at a recent conference hosted by the World Assembly of Muslim Youth (WAMY). The article was first noted and commented on by the Global MB Report (registration required).

There are no other known leaders of Julaidan’s stature that my most knowledgeable sources say share that name, or would be noted with such prominence, so the likelihood that it is the same Julaidan that is designated by the UN, the US and Saudi Arabia, is very high.

This would mean, in essence, that one of the very few actions the Saudis claimed to have taken against the financiers and sympathizers of al Qaeda, was a bogus as almost every other step the Kingdom has claimed to have taken.

Appeasement is, more accurately explained, letting a country you're not at war with yet have concession after concession in the hopes that they won't attack you. We have been "appeasing" the Saudis for as long as anyone can remember, and the lion's share of the blame for the entirety of why we have a war on terror right now can be laid at the feet of the Saudi officials who obviously don't respect or fear the United States. Who can blame them? They own the Bush Administration and they can do whatever they want without fear of being held accountable. For other examples of this, see Colombia, Pakistan and Mexico.


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