Pakistani blogger, Alexpressed, is concerned that Pakistan continues to be blamed for spawning all Islamist terrorist and extremist activity plagueing the world today, whereas Saudi Arabia continues to benefit from timid to full-on support from Western powers who are particularly concerned about maintaining supine and frictionless relations with the Royal Family, for various but obvious reasons.
First off, he presents us with a crash coarse on the historical context of the religious authority of the Saudi royal family:
One thing must be made clear that this doctrine or the ideology is not any close to the old Islamic traditions. The Western belief that the kind of belief system and ideology dominant in Saudi Arabia represents the real face of Islam is not true. So is the Western belief that the House of Saud enjoys a credible historic claim over Arabia. The orthodox ideology emerged only 250 years ago under the guidance of an obscure fanatic known as Muhammad Ibn â€˜Abd al-Wahhab who later formed an alliance with a group of desert bandits, the Sauds. He established kind of an agreement with the desert tribe leaders (clan chiefs) for the creation of the modern Saudi state, the Saudi-orthodox movement spread across the peninsula brutally defeating and enslaving non-alike or rebellious elements.
The result of the political, ideological and theological agreements between the Saud clan, the tribes and the orthodox mullahs was the fall of Makkah in 1924. This solidified their grip on the power. After they had conquered Makkah, the centre of power, they were in control of the state. They knew they could use the vast oil wealth of the kingdom to export their radical ideology across the globe.
Many a theory has been put forward by terrorism “experts” on explaining why Pakistan offers the ideal geo-political incubator for Islamic terrorism but very little information is desseminated on Saudi Arabia’s role in spreading extremist Islamist ideology. We rarely discuss the causal links between the the the Saudi provenance of extremism, its role in exporting it to South Asia and the West and of individual patrons high up in the Saudi food chain.
Alexpressed forces this very point home:
Trying to find a reason for the failure of West to suspect KSA, and to investigate its involvement instead of attacking FATA in Pakistan, I believe there can be multiple factors, combined with interests of West in KSA. The Saudi elite has been attempting to confuse the world claiming that it is too a target of Islamic terror which is actually a hollow gesture to hide its involvement in terrorism. For a country that maintains repressive control over the people using Police and other forces, getting rid of extremist elements would have been easy, keeping in view itâ€™s a monarchy and its geo-political location and history is very different from Pakistan. The reality remains that the spread of radical, orthodox, fundamentalist version of Islam is credited to Saudi clerics and the international terrorist are directly impelled by them. The KSA, the Saudi clerics and the Saudi royal family have been acting as incubators of violence and extremism across the globe. The bottom line is that Al-Qaeeda or other terrorist organizations would not have existed without the Saudi membership and financial support.
And the clincher:
This nerve centre of Islamic extremism needs a transition to a reasonably open parliamentary model from its current medieval state. The West, if seriously concerned about the Islamic extremism, should stop the blame game on Pakistan and open its eyes to the KSA and help with the transition it needs for the good of the world. A more representative legislature concentrating the power and the Saudi Monarchy remaining as just a symbolic body. May be a Malaysian model can suit here as well. The argument that a more fundamentalist Islamic system will emerge if the House of Saud is set aside, is absurd.
I completely agree.
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