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  •  Bin Laden (0+ / 0-)

    Was just another rich Saudi kid before he made it to Pakistan. The "Afghan Arabs" are a product of Pakistan with a healthy dose of training by the CIA.

    The Pakistani were practicing genocide decades before the Saudis ever produced Bin Laden.

    •  Doesn't the money trail still lead to Saudi-land? (1+ / 0-)
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      Leaving out the fact that the House of Saud has a lot more money than the Pakistan government, it is my understanding that the House of Saud started heavily funding clerics connected with the Wahhabi sect right after taking over, and the deal involved letting the Wahhabis run the educational system and their media... which told rich Saudi kids that blowing up infidels is a good idea.

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      by alizard on Mon Apr 16, 2007 at 02:16:10 PM PDT

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      •  Saudis (1+ / 0-)
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        I dont want to understate the Saudi funding of extremists. The Saudis actually spend most of their money funding extremists in other Muslim countries. The effect is that that money goes toward undermining the governments in these countries.

        More dangerous than the funding of the educational institutions is the direct funding of known extremist groups - there are plenty of examples of Saudi, as well as Kuwaiti, funding of these groups in Bangladesh.

        Having said that, the Pakistani ISI is very active in South Asia. From the secular Bangladeshi perspective, the ISI is probably a greater threat than the Saudis.

        •  IMO (0+ / 0-)

          the long term solution is to push the transition from petroleum-based fuels to alternative. In the post-oil era, I expect the House of Saud to transition into a whole bunch of wealthy expats living in the West, with little interest in funding terrorism that would inevitably hit them in their own bank accounts.

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          by alizard on Mon Apr 16, 2007 at 06:09:09 PM PDT

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