The Key That Is the Saudi Kingdom

Was the United States compelled to attack Afghanistan and Iraq by the events of September 11, 2001?

A key to answering that rather enormous question may lie in the secrets that the U.S. government is keeping about Saudi Arabia.

Some have long claimed that what looked like a crime on 9/11 was actually an act of war necessitating the response that has brought violence to an entire region and to this day has U.S. troops killing and dying in Afghanistan and Iraq.

Could diplomacy and the rule of law have been used instead? Could suspects have been brought to trial? Could terrorism have been reduced rather than increased? The argument for those possibilities is strengthened by the fact that the United States has not chosen to attack Saudi Arabia, whose government is probably the region’s leading beheader and leading funder of violence.

But what does Saudi Arabia have to do with 9/11? Well, every account of the hijackers has most of them as Saudi. And there are 28 pages of a 9/11 Commission report that President George W. Bush ordered classified 13 years ago.

Senate Intelligence Committee former chair Bob Graham calls Saudi Arabia “a co-conspirator in 911,” and insists that the 28 pages back up that claim and should be made public.

Philip Zelikow, chair of the 9/11 Commission, has noted the “likelihood that charities with significant Saudi government sponsorship diverted funds to Al Qaeda.”

Zacarias Moussaoui, a former al Qaeda member, has claimed that prominent members of Saudi Arabia’s royal family were major donors to al Qaeda in the late 1990s and that he discussed a plan to shoot down Air Force One using a Stinger missile with a staff member at the Saudi Embassy in Washington.

Al Qaeda donors, according to Moussaoui, included Prince Turki al-Faisal, then the Saudi intelligence chief; Prince Bandar Bin Sultan, the longtime Saudi ambassador to the United States; Prince al-Waleed bin Talal, a prominent billionaire investor; and many of the country’s leading clerics.

Bombing and invading Iraq has been a horrible policy. Supporting and arming Saudi Arabia is a horrible policy. Confirming Saudi Arabia’s role in funding al Qaeda should not become an excuse to bomb Saudi Arabia (of which there’s no danger) or for bigotry against Americans of Saudi origin (for which there’s no justification).

Rather, confirming that the Saudi government allowed and quite possibly participated in funneling money to al Qaeda should wake everyone up to the fact that wars are optional, not necessary. It might also help us question Saudi pressure on the U.S. government to attack new places: Syria and Iran. And it might increase support for cutting off the flow of U.S. weapons to Saudi Arabia — a government that takes no second place to ISIS in brutality.

I’ve often heard that if we could prove that there weren’t really any hijackers on 9/11 all support for wars would vanish. One of many hurdles I’m unable to leap to arrive at that position is this one: Why would you invent hijackers to justify a war on Iraq but make the hijackers almost all be Saudi?

However, I think there’s a variation that works. If you could prove that Saudi Arabia had more to do with 9/11 than Afghanistan (which had very little to do with it) or Iraq (which had nothing to do with it), then you could point out the U.S. government’s incredible but very real restraint as it chooses peace with Saudi Arabia. Then a fundamental point would become obvious: War is not something the U.S. government is forced into, but something it chooses.

That’s the key, because if it can choose war with Iran or Syria or Russia, it can also choose peace.

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  • Jo

    That trinity of evil, the oily camel herders, Mo$$ad gangsters and the rentier class Al CIAduh’s Anglozio psychopaths behind the corpofascist deep state are the killers. This is the triple A Axis of evil that threatens humanity.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U1Qt6a-vaNM

  • B. Miles Teg

    Well Bandar Bush has his hand in many things… and Carlyle makes profits, while depressed American towns make bombs… win all round… what a bunch of muppets in both parties…

  • Let Clark enlighten everybody!

    General Wesley Clark: Wars Were Planned – Seven Countries In Five Years

    “This is a memo that describes how we’re going to take out seven countries in five years, starting with Iraq, and then Syria, Lebanon, Libya, Somalia, Sudan and, finishing off, Iran.” I said, “Is it classified?” He said, “Yes, sir.” I said, “Well, don’t show it to me.” And I saw him a year or so ago, and I said, “You remember that?” He said, “Sir, I didn’t show you that memo! I didn’t show it to you!”

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9RC1Mepk_Sw&feature=player_embedded

  • HOW ALTERNATIVE MEDIA INFLUENCED THE YEAR OF AWAKENING by Mikael Thalen December 31st, 2013

    While some see the year’s countless political scandals as a negative example of America’s current state, continued revelations and increased public knowledge of government corruption has undoubtedly made 2013 the year of awakening.
    Although many of the year’s major news stories can be linked to the alternative media’s expanding influence, several in particular are undoubtedly connected to a surge in the public’s awakening.

    Western Governments Run Al Qaeda, specifically ours!

    http://www.storyleak.com/2013-year-awakening/

  • The biggest outstanding question is the role played by the uninterruptible autopilot, an anti-hijacking feature that every commercial plane has had since the mid 1990s. It allows remote takeover of the cockpit, rendering its occupants as mere passengers. It was surely activated on 9/11. So who was running it?

  • Rehmat

    The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia was created by the British colonial power to keep Muslim divided on the basis of religious sectarianism. After WW II, there was a Change-of-Maters in which United States took-over the role of declining British Empire.

    Even Canadian-born Israeli Zionist author Barry Chamish admitted in 2012 interview that 9-11 was an “in-house job” pulled with the help of Israeli government.

    http://rehmat1.com/2012/08/22/israeli-jew-author-zionists-did-911/