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Religious extremism: What about Wahhabism?
A closer look at what is behind this so called Islamic State (ISIL)

In July 2014, the former head of MI6, Sir Richard Dearlove, revealed that Prince Bandar bin Sultan, the at the time head of Saudi intelligence, made the following almost genocidal remark: "The time is not far off in the Middle East, Richard, when it will be literally 'God help the Shia'."
The behavior of the ISIL militias fits this picture quite well. They behave as brutal towards Shiites as the Nazis did towards the Jews in Europe during WW II. These extremely violent and highly sectarian militias present a mortal danger to non-sunni Muslims and all other minorities. One should bear in mind the Saudi support for extreme Sunni militias in Syria during Bandar's tenure. It enabled the rapid rise of ISIL.

There is propaganda talk like "Iran is the capital of terrorism in the world", but western powers remain silent to the above. One may wonder what would have happened if 15 (out of the 19) "9/11" hijackers would have been Iranian nationals ...    Probably it would have triggered an all out bombing campaign by the USA against Iran.
However, these 15 not only were Saudi nationals, but quite some tacit and moral support for them also came from this country. To freshen one's memory:
The former lecturer Suleiman Alwan said "this was jihad and those people [killed in America] were not innocent." Sheikh Hamoud bin-Uqla al-Shuaibi, from the city of Buraydah, when asked about the September 11th attacks said America was "an enemy of the Muslim nations and at war with them".
Many clerics also urged support for the Taliban to come from the Saudi religious establishment. They include Sheikh Abdullah bin Jibreen, once of the department of religious research and guidance and Sheikh Abdullah al-Ghunayman, a former head of higher studies at Medina University. In an open letter to President Bush published in October by Sheikh Safar al-Hawali, a controversial Saudi preacher, was written that "Muslims felt a 'wave of joy' as well as shock at the events of September 11th. Whoever tells you otherwise is avoiding the truth."

No bombs were dropped on Saudi Arabia. Instead the "9/11" events were used to concoct a "Casis Belli" for an attack against Iraq. We all know the final outcome.

The true nature of Wahhabism is also exemplified by the sentence against Saif Badawi: 1000 strokes of the cane spread over 20 weeks (which, when executed, would present a brutal and slow death sentence) and 10 years in jail. His "crime"? Mildly expressing the need for freedom of speech. And again: Western powers remain silent.

The iconoclasm of ISIL militias was also in the news. And again, this fits quite well with the traditions of Wahhabism. Numerous historical sites, including those from early Islam history, have been razed in Saudi Arabia. Even the destruction of the shrine of Mohammed himself is under consideration by Wahhabi authorities.
The blasting of Buddha statues in Bamiyan (Afghanistan), the razing of historic monuments in Hatra, Niniveh, Nimrud is in line with the Wahhabist view on the world. These, being among the cradles of human civilization, are seen as idoltry and should be erased.
However: There is one notable contradiction. On a short distance from their most holy site in Mecca a pretty preposterous building has been raised, containing ... a luxurious shopping mall(!!). A symbol of unrestrained consumerism and hedonism. When talking of idoltry ...

Finally: What is the contribution of Wahhabism to instability in the islamic world? That is considerable. Over about the last three and a half decades approximately $100 billion has been spent by Wahhabists to export their intolerant and extremist creed. This has contributed to a very significant extent in poisening the political and cultural climate in countries like Indonesia, Bangladesh and Pakistan.

Closing off:
Wahhabism is violent, right wing, ultra-conservative, rigid, extremist, reactionary, sexist, and intolerant.
It should be addressed as such.

Evert Wesker, Amsterdam, April 6th 2015
 

Some more material:

Saudi Arabia and ISIL

  • Foreign fighters in Syria and Iraq are a worry but the west needs to rethink the role of
        Saudi Arabia and Iran
  • Iraq crisis: How Saudi Arabia helped Isis take over the north of the country
  • 'Thank God for the Saudis': ISIS, Iraq, and the Lessons of Blowback
  • Islamic State: 'US failure to look into Saudi role in 9/11 has helped Isis'
    Saudi Arabia and 9/11
  • Inside the Saudi 9/11 coverup
    Saudi Arabia and religious extremism
  • How Saudi Wahhabism Is the Fountainhead of Islamist Terrorism
    Wahhabi iconoclasm
  • Destruction of Islam's early historical sites
  • Destruction of early Islamic heritage sites in Saudi Arabia


    Postscript 23/6/2016:
    Today another example of the real face of the sort of extremism originating from Wahhabist thinking was in the news:

    Amjad Sabri: Pakistanis mourn singer killed by Taliban

    Wahhabism also stands for the establishment of a grim and joyless society.


    Postscript 16/7/2016:

    The "28 secret pages" from the 9/11 commission report have been made public. These pages show there had been no official Saudi role in the 9/11 events.

    In my opinion this only raises more questions. Why were these pages, whose content could hardly be regarded as "shocking" (...), "classified"? Is this the real story?