Saudi King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz al-Saud warned the world that the terrorist organization ISIS must be dealt with soon or the Western world will be attacked.
The King said in a statement to newly appointed ambassadors and carried by the state-run Saudi Press Agency (SPA),
“”I ask you to convey this message to your leaders… Terrorism at this time is an evil force that must be fought with wisdom and speed. And if neglected I’m sure after a month it will arrive in Europe and a month after that in America.””
That leaves two months for U.S. to defeat its most violent, determined enemy in years. The United Kingdom seems to have gotten the message in advance as the country raised the terror threat level to severe.
David Cameron said of the bloodshed perpetrated by ISIS,
“This is not some foreign conflict thousands of miles away that we can hope to ignore. The ambition to create an extremist caliphate in the heart of Iraq and Syria is a threat to our own security here in the U.K. And that is in addition to the many other Al Qaeda-inspired terrorist groups that exist in that region. The first ISIL terrorist attacks on the continent of Europe have already taken place.”
The terrorist attack Cameron referred to was a shooting in the Brussels Jewish Museum that left 3 dead.
Although terrorism has already struck Europe, the Saudi King may have much more to fear from ISIS. Saudi Arabia shares a border with Iraq, which is still being overrun by ISIS fighters.
The Saudi government has shown its fear of jihadists in the past. Earlier this year, the King warned that citizens who traveled abroad to fight would face long prison sentences back in Saudi Arabia.
The King gave his dire warning at a welcoming ceremony for new ambassadors, including the U.S. delegation. King Abdullah did not sugar-coat the frightening realities of ISIS’ invasion saying, “You see how they (jihadists) carry out beheadings and make children show the severed heads in the street.”
U.S. Secretary of State has also started to take a more aggressive stance, calling for a global coalition to fight ISIS. Kerry seems to echo the Saudi King’s warning saying in an op-ed.
“ISIS’ cadre of foreign fighters are a rising threat not just in the region, but anywhere they could manage to travel undetected — including to America.”
Will the world listen to the warning from the Saudi King and others?