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May 14, 2003

Drain the Swamp

Opinion Journal has a good article on Saudi Arabia, House of Terror
Despite the urging of then-FBI Director Louis Freeh, the Clinton Administration would not pressure the Saudis into cooperating more. Fourteen members of an Iranian-backed terrorist group were eventually indicted in the U.S., but none has been brought to the U.S. to stand trial. We trust that such obstruction will not be tolerated in the wake of Monday's murders.

The House of Saud owes its dominance of the Arabian peninsula to a 200-year-old bargain with Muhammad ibn Abdul Wahhab, the founder of the fundamentalist Wahhabi sect that now flourishes in Saudi Arabia. From there it exports Islamic extremism around the world. This uneasy partnership has helped keep the Sauds in power, but at the price of a willful blindness to the activities of the country's extremists.

That blindness has in turn too often been shared by the royal family's patrons in the State Department, which, determined to view the Saud family as a source of stability in the region, has often been forced to overlook the instability that the Wahhabists foment both inside and outside of Saudi Arabia. MORE