Saudi Arabia is livid over the recent passage of a bill in the U.S. Senate that would allow 9/11 victims’ families to sue the Middle Eastern nation. The bill was recently passed by a unanimous vote, and while the Washington Times reports that President Obama has vowed to veto it, that hasn’t stopped the Saudi Arabian media from coming out swinging against the U.S. government.
According to a Breitbart report, a reporter representing Saudi Arabia is now claiming that the U.S. planned and carried out the 9/11 attacks on the World Trade Center and Pentagon to create the war on terror.
The article was written by Katib al-Shammari, a Saudi legal expert, and published in Al-Hayat, which is based in London. It calls out the United States for its recent threats to “expose documents” proving that Saudi Arabia funded the 9/11 attacks, as well as detailing the involvement of Saudi Arabia in the worst terrorist attack in history on U.S. soil. According to the piece, these threats fall in line with a United States policy he calls “victory by means of archives.”
According to the Saudi Arabian legal expert and author of the article, the U.S. often plays a game of withholding information only to use it as a later date. He cited the non-invasion of Iraq in the 1990s. The Saudi claims that the U.S. opted to keep Hussein alive and in power so he could be used as a “bargaining chip” against other nations in the region. Ultimately, according to al-Shammari, the U.S. chose to get rid of Saddam Hussein only after Shi’ism began to permeate the Middle East and Saddam became more of a liability than an “ace up their sleeve.”
Al-Shammari says that the 9/11 attacks have been used in much the same way and have allowed the United States to lay the blame for September 11 directly on the shoulders of whoever is most convenient at any given time. Initially, according to the Saudi Arabian expert, the U.S. blamed the radical Islamic groups Al-Qaeda and the Taliban, then Saddam and currently Saudi Arabia.
“September 11 is one of winning cards in the American archives, because all the wise people in the world who are experts on American policy and who analyze the images and the videos [of 9/11] agree unanimously that what happened in the [Twin] Towers was a purely American action, planned and carried out within the U.S. Proof of this is the sequence of continuous explosions that dramatically ripped through both buildings. … Expert structural engineers demolished them with explosives, while the planes crashing [into them] only gave the green light for the detonation – they were not the reason for the collapse. But the U.S. still spreads blame in all directions.”
Al-Shammari says that the intent of the 9/11 attacks, which he says were perpetuated by the U.S. government against its own citizens and not by Saudi Arabia, was two-fold. First, it allowed the U.S. government to create a shadow enemy – terrorism. It then allowed the U.S. government to blame terrorism for “all their mistakes” and to use the “phantom” terrorist threat as an excuse for military operations and covert secret wars the world over.
The author of the article, an article that attempts to dispel the Saudi Arabia connection to the 9/11 attacks, further called out the U.S. for demonizing Muslims, including those from Saudi Arabia, and label them as terrorists. The Saudi writer cites that Muslims previously had a congenial relationship with the U.S., helping the United States prevail against the Soviets and helping to successfully conclude the Cold War without nuclear weapons being launched. The article defending Saudi Arabia went on to say that the real problem isn’t Saudi Arabia, but the United States of America. According to al-Shammari, the U.S. manufactures conflict and “cannot exist without an enemy.”
While the al-Shammari article defending Saudi Arabia in the wake of threats of American lawsuits related to 9/11 is one of the most notable, it’s far from the only piece critical of the U.S. to come out of Saudi Arabia recently. In the last several months, since the 9/11 began to be bandied about, Saudi media has been flooded with similar articles decrying the bill. Some of the articles flowing around Saudi Arabia questioned the sanity of the U.S., others popular in Saudi Arabia accuse the U.S. of a partnership with Iran. One article even called the 9/11 bill “Satanic,” saying that if the measure was passed against Saudi Arabia, it would “open the gates of hell.”
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