On Monday, Holder gave a speech to the United Nations Secretary-General’s Symposium on International Counter-Terrorism Cooperation. The highlight of the conference was UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon’s announcement that the global body would be building a new UN Center for Counter Terrorism (UNCCT) in New York City, thanks to a generous $10 million donation from Saudi Arabia.
The UNCCT’s prime funder has stated the center, which is to be a clearinghouse of information on worldwide terrorist organizations, will attempt to distance terrorism from the religion of Islam. The Arab News reported Saudi Prince Faisal al-Saud insisted, “‘Terrorism has no religion’…adding that the religion that the terrorists profess should not be accused of terrorism. ‘There are more than 1.5 billion Muslims in different parts of the world who represent an age-old culture that calls for peace, cooperation and tolerance.’”
Saudi Arabia has already made a major contribution to the New York skyline. No fewer than 15 of the 19 hijackers on 9/11 hailed from the Kingdom.
Secretary of State Hillary Clinton wrote in a memo exposed by WikiLeaks that “donors in Saudi Arabia constitute the most significant source of funding to Sunni terrorist groups worldwide.” Their beneficiaries include the Taliban and Pakistan’s Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT).
Islamic expert Stephen Suleyman Schwartz has repeatedly estimated 80 percent of U.S. mosques espouse extremist Wahhabi Islam, the fundamentalist ideology promoted by the Saudi royal family and believed by al-Qaeda’s jihadists.
Despite the overwhelming confluence of Islamic extremism and terrorism, the United Nations remains mired in denial. The international conference praised the Global Counter-Terrorism Strategy, which states, “terrorism cannot and should not be associated with any religion, nationality, civilization or ethnic group.” It shows particular solicitude “to promote mutual respect for and prevent the defamation of religions, religious values, beliefs and cultures” by proposing that UNESCO undertake educational programs teaching “respect for all religions.”
The prince and the UN will undoubtedly find support from the mainstream media and the Department of Homeland Security, which have labored to portray Christians, pro-lifers, and conservative Caucasians as the most likely sources of terrorism.
In 2009, the Dept. of Homeland Security concluded, “lone wolves and small terrorist cells embracing violent rightwing [sic.] extremist ideology are the most dangerous domestic terrorism threat in the United States.” The report was followed by Major Nidal Malik Hasan opening fire at Ft. Hood while shouting, “Allahu akbar!”
Bloomberg News erroneously reported the center would be located in the Kingdom. However, it will be located in the city administered by the news agency’s namesake and the site of the worst terrorist attack on U.S. soil. Mayor Michael Bloomberg previously voiced his support for the Ground Zero Mosque.
His predecessor in city hall had a different approach to Saudi officials. In October 2001, the House of Saud attempted to purchase respectability by offering the same amount — $10 million in pre-quantitative easing dollars — for disaster relief following 9/11. Prince Alwaleed bin Talal dispensed the funds with the advice, “the government of the United States of America should re-examine its policies in the Middle East and adopt a more balanced stance towards the Palestinian cause.” Then-Mayor Rudy Giuliani rejected the money, claiming the prince made America’s pro-Israeli Middle Eastern policy the “moral equivalent” and “justification” for the attacks.
At last, the Saudis have a monument near the ruins of Ground Zero, thanks to the United Nations.