30/09/2014 by Don Quijones
As the Empire-That-Must-Not-Be-Named gets the excuse it needed to begin bombing the shit out of war-torn Syria, it’s worth bearing in mind just exactly who is financing the training and arming of the jihadist groups that we are now supposed to be fighting in Syria and Iraq. In the following interview with Democracy Now, British journalist Alexander Coburn asserts that the main backers for al-Qaeda-type organizations of Sunni-organized fanatical jihadi groups is Saudi private donors in Saudi Arabia and the Gulf:
Saudi Arabia has, through a distribution of arms contracts, through its money, made itself part of the international establishment, in which normally foreign leaders visiting Saudi Arabia don’t bring up these delicate topics and put very little pressure on the Saudis to do anything about it. But, you know, it enables the Saudis to really go on supporting jihadi organizations at the state or private level, in the same way that they were doing in Afghanistan, post-Afghanistan, when they supported the Taliban, before 9/11, after 9/11, during Iraq, after Iraq. There seems no end to it. But it is rather astonishing that there isn’t less reaction from governments and the media in the U.S. and Western Europe.
Patrick Cockburn: U.S. Turns Blind Eye As Saudis Fund Jihadists in Syrian Conflict (1 of 2)
Patrick Cockburn: U.S. Turns Blind Eye As Saudis Fund Jihadists in Syrian Conflict (2 of 2)
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