Sunday, July 15, 2007
About 45% of all foreign militants targeting U.S. troops and Iraqi civilians and security forces are from Saudi Arabia;15% are from Syria and Lebanon; and 10% are from North Africa, according to official U.S. military figures made available to The Times by the senior officer. Nearly half of the 135 foreigners in U.S. detention facilities in Iraq are Saudis, he said.
He said 50% of all Saudi fighters in Iraq come here as suicide bombers. In the last six months, such bombings have killed or injured 4,000 Iraqis.
In a non coincidence, George W. Bush tried (quite successfully) to make people believe that the 9/11 hijackers had something to do with Iraq (15 of 19 were Saudis, 0 Iraqis), he is now trying to make people believe that the violence in Iraq is coming from Iran, or from Al Qaeda never specifying that our ally is supplying the terrorists. It's funny how they keep bombing Shia though.
We NEVER hear in the press or from the administration the role Saudi Arabia is playing in the destabilization of Iraq. One of the closest friends of the Bush clan is Prince Bandar bin Sultan, who has the nickname "Bandar Bush" due to his close ties to the family. He is right now being accused of taking over £1 billion in bribes for securing Saudi Defense contracts for BAE, a defense firm in the UK. He also has been accused by the Iranians of financially backing the terrorist groups in Iraq, for what it's worth.
Our administration has been screaming at Iran to quit meddling in Iraq. There has been nary a peep about Saudi Arabia from our administration, or our congress. A Joe Liberman resolution escalating our diplomatic stand-off with Iran was introduced and passed in the Senate this week 97-0 because in our blinded eyes, Iran is the problem with our Iraq policy.
Geopolitics procludes the Bush administration from being honest about Saudi Arabia's responsibility for the carnage in Iraq. Will the media and the congress decide to challenge the propaganda, or enable it? It would be a real pity two years from now to be stuck in Iran based on a suicide attack against our troops committed by a Sunni from Bandar Bush land.
Truth and knowledge are our best defenses from this happening.
(H/T Editor & Publisher)