Saturday, May 28, 2016

Who -Should- We Invade Next?

The NYT editorial board points the finger at Saudi Arabia as the prime exporter of the brand of radical Islam that animates ISIS, al Quaeda, and other extremists around the world.

Saudi Arabia has frustrated American policy makers for years. Ostensibly a critical ally, sheltered from its enemies by American arms and aid, the kingdom has spent untold millions promoting Wahhabism, the radical form of Sunni Islam that inspired the 9/11 hijackers and that now inflames the Islamic State.

The latest chapter in this long, sorrowful history involves tiny Kosovo. With a population of only 1.8 million people, Kosovo has sent more of its young people per capita than any other country to fight and die in Iraq and Syria. Since 2012, some 314 Kosovars have joined the Islamic State, including two suicide bombers, 44 women and 28 children. Even Belgium, widely seen as a hotbed of extremism after the attacks on Paris and Brussels, lags behind it in the recruitment rankings.

The Saudi Monarchy has long sheltered its own corruption with a devil's bargain with the ultra radical clerics that promote Wahhabi Islam - it pumps them money by the tanker-full and in return the clerics don't turn their fire on the kingdom.