Saudi Arabia is without doubt the chief financier of worldwide Islamic terrorism. Take away Saudi money and you cut the lifeline of most Islamic terrorists. Saudi Arabia has for years exported the most extreme form of Wahhabi Islam and has poured millions of dollars into the establishment of schools committed to spreading radical Islam in Muslim countries. Leading Saudi families contribute huge amounts of money to Muslim terrorists. Even the country's Chief Justice, the man in charge of terrorist trials, is on record as encouraging Saudi Arabian terrorists to go to Iraq. In 2004 he said: "Entering Iraq has become risky now. It requires avoiding those evil satellites and those drone aircraft, which own every corner of the skies over Iraq. If someone knows that he is capable of entering Iraq in order to join the fight, and if his intention is to raise up the word of God, then he is free to do so."
When the Saudi King visited the U.K. recently, he was taken aback by the number of questions about his country and Muslim terrorism. He likes to promote himself as a liberal innovator, a real social reformer. If building sky scrapers is the measure of reformation then he is undoubtedly a reformer. But if such things as shutting off the money from Al Quaeda or stopping the flow of Muslim fighters to cause mayhem in Iraq figure in the matter, the Saudi King is the Muslim Sovereign of Death.
On a recent visit to Rome the Saudi king went to see the Pope. Perhaps you saw the picture of them, holding each other's hands and gazing intently into each other's eyes. The meeting, according to the press, was to explore ways of mutual understanding. In reality the whole thing was a photo-op for pope and king. The pope always wants to appear as a man of peace (forget about his easy ties to the German Nazis), the conscience and moral compass of the world. The Saudi king welcomed the papal photo-op because it allowed him the chance to appear in the Western press as a benign figure, a man we can trust.
But why should we trust a man who presides over a worldwide web of terrorism? That the pope should appear with him is par for the course. The Vatican is no friend of this country on any level and certainly not in its war on terror. Pope Benedict's cozy chat with the monarch of the world's leading supporter of Islamofascism is his latest attempt to repair the damage he caused when he, for once, said something true about Islam, to the effect that it has an ugly and bloody history. He has met with Muslim clerics and has been on a public relations blitz for months now and this meeting with the Saudi king is just the latest step in that campaign. If cozying up to the Saudi king is the price of his rehabilitation, he will not worry too much. The man who could be at home with the Nazis will have no problems with a Muslim king.As I say, it's all par for the course. I'd expect nothing better from the pope. It would not worry him that as the Times of London reported, "In the past the Saudis openly supported Islamic militants. Osama Bin Laden was originally treated as a favorite son of the regime and feted as a hero for fighting the Soviets in Afghanistan. Huge charitable organizations such as the International Islamic Relief Organization and the al-Haramain Foundation - accused in American court documents of having links to extremist groups - flourished, sometimes with patronage from senior Saudi royals." And now one of those royals has found a welcome in the Vatican. Remember the old saying: Birds of a feather flock together.