Russia and U.S. Should Cooperate Against Saudis' "Wahhabi Extremism" Says Rep. Dana Rohrabacher
January 20, 2014 • 5:10AM

In an April 2013 Congressional hearing, following the terrorist murders in Boston during the 2013 Marathon, Rep. Dana Rohrabacher, chairing a joint subcommittee hearing, warned in an angry voice:

"Where did that [radicalization of the Chechen fighters] come from? I am asking the panel, and was that financing by Wahhabi extremism, financing of these mosques, does that have something to do with this? .... we know that the Saudi purpose in doing this [financing mosques in the Caucasus and former Soviet Socialist Republics] was to develop a brand of Islam that will target and kill children!!" (raises his voice)

In that hearing he also recounted that he had called the White House after the 2004 Chechen terror attack on Beslan and told Condi Rice, that George W. Bush should go to Russia to say, "Americans stand shoulder to shoulder with the people of Russia, and yes, the government of Russia" against terror. Rohrabacher said that because America did not create that working relationship with Russia, one could draw a direct line from the Chechen terrorism to the Boston marathon.

Two weeks ago, Rohrabacher called for immediate hearings in Congress to explore means for enhancing U.S.-Russian cooperation. Threats to the upcoming Sochi Olympics show that cooperation has to be implemented even more quickly than hearings can be held.

On January 19, a video surfaced of two jihadi fighters in Russia, featuring the two men who claimed credit for the suicide bombings that were carried out in the December 29 and 30 terrorist attacks in Volgorad. The video promised ``a present'' for the Sochi Olympics and all the tourists who go there.

According to the Long War Journal, which has been reporting on Chechen and Caucasus terrorists groups for half a decade, ``a group calling itself the `Mujahid Subversive Group of Ansar al Sunnah' has claimed credit for the pair of suicide attacks on transportation targets in the southern Russian city of Volgograd late last year. The group, which said its leader is `Doku Abu Uthman,' or Doku Umarov, the chief of the Islamic Caucasus Emirate, released the statement yesterday on the website of Wilayat Dagestan, the Dagestani media branch of the Islamic Emirate of the Caucasus.''

Uncharacteristically, the two men are not masked at all and speak directly into the camera, saying, "We'll have a surprise package for you. And those tourists that will come to you, for them, too, we have a surprise."

On Jan. 9, Wilayat Dagestan was identified as the group, allied with Umarov and the Chechen jihadists, that carried out the assassinations of some five taxi drivers found dead in their cars in and around Stavropol.

On the Jan. 19 "talking heads" programs in the U.S., various members of Congress said that the Sochi games are not safe, blaming Russia for lack of cooperation with the U.S., but as Rohrabacher and others have noted--Russian warnings to the U.S. about Boston bomber Tsarnaev had been ignored.