The hottest article of today is probably Paul Sperry’s New York Post article outlining Saudi involvement with the attacks on 9/11:
In its report on the still-censored “28 pages” implicating the Saudi government in 9/11, “60 Minutes” last weekend said the Saudi role in the attacks has been “soft-pedaled” to protect America’s delicate alliance with the oil-rich kingdom.
That’s quite an understatement.
Actually, the kingdom’s involvement was deliberately covered up at the highest levels of our government. And the coverup goes beyond locking up 28 pages of the Saudi report in a vault in the US Capitol basement. Investigations were throttled. Co-conspirators were let off the hook.
Read it and gnash your teeth. I suspect it’s a surprise to almost no one.
I think there are two factors that underpin our government’s stance. The first is a fundamental misunderstanding of the nature of aristocracies. In an aristocracy the aristocrats are the government. There is no wall of separation or daylight between the two. Under the Westphalian order when a state is an aristocracy and one or more of the aristocrats engages in what is obviously an act of war against another state, it’s an act of war, not ordinary street crime. Basically, we’ve been at war with Saudi Arabia for some time, we just have refused to acknowledge it.
The second is even more troubling. Okay. So the Saudis participated in act of war against the United States. So what? That is to say, what recourse do we have? We could go to war against Saudi Arabia, running the risk that, since the Sauds are the custodians of the Muslim holy sites, it could foment a war of all Muslims against the United States.
We could try to bring down the Saud family covertly by one means or another. To be replaced by whom or what? There is no good alternative.
My own view is that we should have been fulminating to pry the Muslim holy sites away from the Sauds long since but a) we’re just not that sort of people; and b) the process would require more guile and more time than we have. The Brits could have done it. We can’t.
What does that leave us with? Well, there’s the legal system which is what’s presently being discussed. Hypothetically, allowing the lawsuits to proceed could cause them real pain.
We’ve tried to corral their activities in the world banking system. That isn’t really sufficient.
My own view is that from 9/11 forward we should have arranged it that the only place that was safe for any member of the Saud family of any age, gender, or rank would have been their homeland. There would be just too many accidents elsewhere.