More Conservative Voices Starting to Split on Saudi 9/11 Debacle
The recent push in Congress to pass the so-called "9/11 Bill" has conservatives across the spectrum split on the proper way to move forward in relation to Saudi Arabia. True to the name of the bill, the 9/11 Bill concerns Saudi Arabia's supposed involvement in the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks.
Passage of the bill would enrage Saudi Arabia and its ruling family. In a statement to the United States, a Saudi representative basically said that if the United States condemns Saudi Arabia as playing an integral role in the 9/11 attacks, it would release its U.S. debt load, essentially sinking the American economy.
This bill comes in the face of Republican representatives and senators who are obviously ready to cut ties with Saudi Arabia. But some conservatives say that might not be the best idea at this time.
"We already know that Saudi Arabia was turning a blind eye to terror and was even, in some ways, complicit in terror. But President Bush gave an ultimatum to the world, he said you are either with us or you are with the terrorists, and he gave a choice to countries like Saudi Arabia and they choose to be with us." Those words were from Marc Thiessen, a former speechwriter from the George W. Bush administration.
But others, including radical Islam expert Paul Sperry, say that Saudi Arabia is obviously a haven for terrorists and the United States should treat them as such.
"If a foreign country commits an act of war against you, they are not your ally or your friend no matter who they are. They are your enemy, and they should be treated as such." Sperry went on to identify anti-Western mosques that are being built by the Saudis as well as the purported involvement of the Saudis in 9/11.
However you look at it, it appears that Saudi Arabia was right in the mix of things during the September 11th attacks. But Saudi Arabia has also morphed into a strong U.S. ally. Is it worth burning bridges to condemn them for something that happened almost 15 years ago?