Your Gas Dollars at Work Part

Imagine if the Ku Klux Klan or Aryan Nation obtained total control of Texas and had at its disposal all the oil revenues, and used this money to establish a network of well-endowed schools and colleges all over Christendom peddling their particular brand of Christianity. This was what the Saudis have done with Wahhabism. The oil money has enabled them to spread this fanatical, destructive form of Islam all over the Muslim world and among Muslims in the West. Without oil and the creation of the Saudi kingdom, Wahhabism would have remained a lunatic fringe.

—Bernard Lewis1

Many Americans have been driven to consider the subject of alternative fuels and energy independence because they are angry about the high price of gasoline at the pump and prudently fearful that much worse may be soon to come.

While such concerns are entirely legitimate, there are larger questions involved with our dependency on foreign oil. For example: Who is getting our money? What are they doing with it? The several hundred billion dollars a year that Americans are shelling out for foreign oil represents an enormous amount of power—power to do good, or power to do evil. How is it being used?

By far the largest collector of international oil revenues is Saudi Arabia. The people of this country have been making a lot of headlines over the past few years. For example, fifteen of the nineteen September 11 mass murderers were Saudi subjects. Before that, it was Saudis who bombed the US Khobar Towers barracks in 1996, Saudis who bombed the US embassies in Kenya and Tanzania in 1998, and Saudis who organized the attempt to destroy the USS Cole in harbor in Yemen in 2000. Most of the "dead-ender" fanatics encountered in Afghanistan during the US post-9/11 counterattack were Saudis. Saudis have also comprised the largest group among the foreign terrorists slaughtering schoolchildren, attacking US troops, and creating general havoc for the purpose of inciting civil war in Iraq.2

But does this activity, carried out by a few thousand malignant individuals, have any relationship to the policies of the Saudi royals? After all, Timothy McVeigh's group came from Michigan, but no one blames the Oklahoma City bombing on Michigan's state government, clergy, or business elites. Perhaps a similar understanding attitude toward the Arab rulers might be appropriate as well.

Unfortunately, however, this is not the case. In point of fact, the Saudi ruling family has direct responsibility for promoting terrorism against the United States and many other nations. Furthermore, it is precisely the treasure obtained by looting the world of its fuel dollars that is allowing these people to expand their campaigns of terror, subversion, oppression, enslavement, corruption, and genocide all across the globe.

These are strong accusations. In this chapter I will prove them.

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