Saudi Arabia’s ‘Lavish’ Gift to Indonesia: Radical Islam

Accompanied by a 1,500-strong entourage, Saudi King Salman bin Abdul Aziz arrived in Indonesia on March 1 for a nine-day gala tour. He was welcomed warmly not only as the monarch of one of the world’s richest countries, but as the custodian of Islam’s two holiest cities, Mecca and Medina.

While appearing to be taking a holiday rather than embarking on an official state visit — the 81-year-old sovereign spent six days at a resort in Bali — the king had some serious business to attend to. In what was advertised as an effort to promote “social interaction” between Saudi Arabia and Indonesia — with His Majesty announcing a billion-dollar aid package, unlimited flights between the two countries and the allotment of 50,000 extra spots per year for Indonesian pilgrims to make the hajj to Mecca and Medina – it seems as if the real purpose of the trip was to promote and enhance Salafism, an extremist Sunni strain, in the world’s largest Muslim country, frequently hailed in the West as an example of a moderate Islamic society.

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  • Dana Garcia

    I guess that means no more gamelan.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BmlAZxha8Pw

  • LairdKintyre

    The Non Islamic World should get to Heather and boycott Saudi Arabia’s oil. Were it not for oil Saudi Arabia would be on the level of Somalia or Eithopia.

    • That may come. SA is preparing for a transition to a non-oil based economy. I don’t have any idea what their chief export will be, though. Glass, maybe.

  • More beheaded Christian schoolgirls.