ISIS Was Created by Saudi Money and Runs on Saudi Ideology
August 21, 2014 • 7:06PM

The beheading of the American journalist, James Foley, by a British ISIS terrorist has triggered a series of articles which identified the umbilical cord that ties the ISIS terrorists to the Saudi Arabian monarchy. What, however, these articles did not point out is that Saudi Arabia is the only country today that officially beheads people and most of these victims are foreign migrant workers. Beheading is also the hallmark of the ISIS terrorists.

The Spectator article, "What's the difference between ISIS and Saudi Arabia? It's a matter of degree," that appeared Thursday, did allude to the common ideology of the Saudi Wahabists and the ISIS Wahabists. It said: "Saudi Arabia is a close ally of Britain and a keen customer of our killing machines, and like most of the Arab states is hostile to lunatic elements like ISIS and Hamas. Yet they are part of the problem; like many Islamists, including those in Britain, the Saudis are happy to condemn ISIS in what they do but not their basic ideology, largely because it mirrors their own."

Strategy Page, a website that provides information on military affairs, in its article, "ISIL And The Saudi Connection," led off saying "Saudi Arabia was the original source of nearly all current Islamic terrorism and is still the source of most recruits and financial supports for these groups." It went on to say the Saudis have a hard time punishing fellow Saudis for being Islamic radicalism, "in large part because Arabia was where Islamic radicalism was invented and is still highly respected and practiced."

Another article, "Why Washington's War on Terror Failed : The Underrated Saudi Connection," by Patrick Coburn, puts the blame on Obama-led policy for the growth of ISIS. The article said: "There are extraordinary elements in the present U.S. policy in Iraq and Syria that are attracting surprisingly little attention. In Iraq, the U.S. is carrying out air strikes and sending in advisers and trainers to help beat back the advance of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (better known as ISIS) on the Kurdish capital, Erbil... But in Syria, Washington's policy is the exact opposite: there the main opponent of ISIS is the Syrian government and the Syrian Kurds in their northern enclaves. Both are under attack from ISIS, which has taken about a third of the country, including most of its oil and gas production facilities. But U.S., Western European, Saudi, and Arab Gulf policy is to overthrow President Bashar al-Assad, which happens to be the policy of ISIS and other jihadis in Syria." As Coburn's article indicates, the Saudi support for ISIS is not to be counterposed to the role of Qatar, and others, in also building up the group—no matter what their other differences.