Saudis and Extremism: ‘Both the Arsonists and the Firefighters’

WASHINGTON — Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump don’t agree on much, but Saudi Arabia may be an exception. She has deplored Saudi Arabia’s support for “radical schools and mosques around the world that have set too many young people on a path towards extremism.” He has called the Saudis “the world’s biggest funders of terrorism.”

The first American diplomat to serve as envoy to Muslim communities around the world visited 80 countries and concluded that the Saudi influence was destroying tolerant Islamic traditions. “If the Saudis do not cease what they are doing,” the official, Farah Pandith, wrote last year, “there must be diplomatic, cultural and economic consequences.”

  • Damn them Saudis.

    • dance…dancetotheradio

      For giving all that money to my campaign with no strings attached wink wink.

  • Solo712

    Too much oil money, too few brains to know how to put to it to intelligent use.

  • felis gracilis

    With Saudis and Turks as allies, who needs enemies?

  • xavier

    How about letting the Iranians and Saudis slug it out in Iraq-Iran Redux 2?

    We can sell the Saudis the weaponry and then they go and fight the Iranian. That way the money goes to exploding ordinance and tanks instead of the ranters and mosques

  • Norman_In_New_York

    We should have blocked all incoming Saudi dawa funds 15 years ago.

  • tom_billesley

    Is that Hillary Rodham Clinton talking or is she parrotting Huma Mahmood Abedin?

  • Justin St.Denis

    I am not one to promote racial stereotypes. However, I have never met a Saudi that I could trust. Not one. And I have dealt with hundreds on behalf of clients over the years. Saudis are the scummiest bottom-of-the-barrel dregs you could never wish to meet.

  • Slickfoot

    If somehow the oil tap could be shut off, they would be back to riding camels and living in tents in a few years with the wreckage of modern civilization laying all about; aircraft, automobiles and sand drifting over the infrastructure because they have no idea how to maintain these things and can no longer afford the hired help that does.