Webmasters Note: Before you read the articles linked below, I would like for you to consider the following. Fifteen of the 19 September 11 hijackers were Saudis. Perhaps as many as 80 percent of the prisoners held at Guantanamo are Saudis. Osama bin Laden is a Saudi, and al Qaeda was supported by large contributions from Saudis, including members of the Saudi royal family. The Saudis' cooperation with our efforts to track down the financing of al Qaeda appears to be somewhere between minimal and zero. On 25 June,1966 the air rescue quarters in the military housing facility at Saudi Arabia's King Abdul Aziz Air Base was attacked by Saudi citizens. An explosion from 5,000 pounds of explosives packed into a truck went off, digging a crater 35 feet deep and ripping the front off their quarters.
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Crater from bomb blast
PJ suite on the 4th floor
|My thanks to Pararescueman Bill Sine for these photos. Bill was the PJ NCOIC in Saudi when the bomb went off. He was wounded in the explosion and despite his injuries Bill provided emergency medical care and evacuation of his fellow air rescuemen in the destroyed building. Several other PJs were in the building when it was bombed. All of them were injured. They all, in spite of their injuries, provided medical care to other wounded men.|
That act of terrorism cost 19 Airmen their lives and injured scores of others. It was the deadliest bombing involving U.S. citizens in the Middle East since the 1983 Beirut attack that killed 241 Americans, and the second time in less than a year in Saudi Arabia that Americans had been targeted. The Saudi government did not allow the United States complete access to evidence, witnesses or suspects. Between 1992 and 1995, I lived in Saudi Arabia for approximately 18 months in the very barracks that was destroyed. During my time in Saudi, I personally became aware of the Saudi’s hatred of Americans. They considered us hired help that was handy to keep their enemies at bay. The Saudis hire Philippinos to watch their children and clean their homes, Koreans to build their buildings, British to maintain their Air Force, Pakistanis to clean their streets, Americans to maintain their oil fields and protect them from their enemies, etc. etc. The Saudis treated all foreigners with outright disgust. While all foreigners were disliked, they hate Americans. They couched this by saying their hate was for our government and not the people of America. They do not understand that the people of America are the government of America. I had several occasions to speak with senior USAF commanders about this relationship and why we tolerated it. The official answer was “it is in the best interests of the USA.” The simple answer was OIL, OIL, OIL. My troops in Saudi did their job well but certainly did not care for the way they were treated by our “allies” the Saudis. We did our jobs in this hostile working environment because it was in the interests of our country. On 11 Sept 2001, the USA was directly attacked by fifteen Saudi citizens and they massacred almost 3000 American men, women, and children. I recently met an American who was in Saudi Arabia on September 11th. He worked as a contract maintenance person on their airplanes. He told me that he watched the Saudi reaction as the Twin Towers fell. He personally witnessed all of the Saudi’s stand in unison cheering the death of thousands of Americans. These Saudis were members of the Saudi Air Force, our allies. I am unable to provide you his name because if I did so, and he returned to Saudi, our allies would arrest him. He would then be tied to a post in the city square and whipped in front of other Saudi citizens. Freedom of expression is not tolerated by our Saudi allies. The de facto Saudi ruler, Crown Prince Abdullah, sent his son Prince Mitab to Pakistan in May 2002. The prince witnessed the test launch of a Ghauri surface-to-surface missile with a range of 900 miles. Also present at the launch site were North Korean scientists (the Ghauri is a version of their Nodong missile) and a delegation from Libya. Abdullah certainly knew that our CIA would note this assembly of enemies of the United States (North Korea and Libya) and the Saudi's meeting with them. See http://www.washingtoninstitute.org/media/henderson/henderson071502.htm for the entire article about this meeting.
After 9-11, the U.S. government focused our attention on Osama Bin Laudin (another
Saudi citizen) and his terrorist organization in Afghanistan. President Bush
rightly put the world on notice that you were either with us, or against us in
this war on terrorism. Now almost a year after America was attacked, several
news agencies are questioning why we consider the Saudi’s our allies. The RAND
article below adequately describes the Saudi Arabian governments involvement in
the war against the USA. In my humble opinion, the Saudi’s are enemies of the
USA and we should begin treating them as such. They should become a target in
our war. How we target them, politically or militarily, is up to them. Now in
August 2002, the Saudi government has officially notified America that we cannot
use our forces based in Saudi Arabia in the upcoming war in Iraq. They prefer the dictator “Saddam” to any democracy that might follow his fall.
If democracy took root in Iraq, it might infect the dictatorship that rules
Saudi Arabia. I urge you to contact your representatives in Congress and the
Senate and tell them that we are not stupid. They know it and we know it, the
Saudis are enemies of the USA and it is time we acted on this fact. We are at
war and we need to stop kissing the very ass that is kicking us, and then denying
that it happens.
“Comments by Robert LaPointe, an American and proud of it”
Summary of the RAND Report: "A
briefing given last month to a top Pentagon advisory board described Saudi
Arabia as an enemy of the United States, and recommended that U.S. officials
give it an ultimatum to stop backing terrorism or face seizure of its oil fields
and its financial assets invested in the United States."
Another recent (July 2002) article that explains this situation well begins with this text:
EVEN if we were not attempting to prosecute a war against terror, the time would have long since arrived to reconsider our relations with Saudi Arabia. That the Saudis, of all people, should now be regarded as a virtual ally in this conflict only underscores the need at last to settle matters between us. Although the catalog of disagreements on our agenda is long, and many of the items are by now familiar, it is helpful to review the list.
BY ANY modern standard of civilization, the kingdom of Saudi Arabia is a bizarre place. In an age of spreading consensual government, the House of Saud resembles an Ottoman sultanate staffed by some 7,000 privileged royal cousins. The more favored are ensconced in plush multi-million dollar palaces and maintain luxury estates abroad in Paris, Geneva, Marbella, and Aspen. All 7,000 haggle over the key military and political offices of the kingdom—normally distributed not on the appeal of proven merit but more often through a mixture of blood ties, intrigue, and bribes.
If you want to know more about these "allies" read the full text of this impressive summation of the Saudi and American relationship.
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