The links of the Boston bombers and the London butchers to organizations following the Saudi royal
family’s religious line are clear.
One of the two London butchers, Nigerian-born Michael Adebolajo, was radicalized by the cleric AbuHamza al-Masri, who headed the outlawed terrorist group Al-Muhajiroun.The group follows Wahhabist teachings and advocates unifying all Muslims, forcibly if necessary,under a single fundamentalist theocratic government.Similarly, the
Boston bombers, Tamerlan and Dzokhar Tsarnaev, hailed from Russia’s southern
predominantly Muslim province of Chechnya. Starting in the late 1980s, Saudi Arabia begandispatching Wahhabist clerics and radical preachers to Chechnya.The spread of Wahhabism sparked not only a separatist war against the Russians, but also a gooddeal of violence among Muslims.Wahhabism is now institutionalized in Chechnya and is particularly attractive to young men.There are similar strands leading back to Wahhabist indoctrination in the histories of very many of the known Muslim terrorists of the last 20 years.The founder of the sect, Muhammad ibn abd al-Wahhab, was an eighteenth century Muslim zealotallied to the Al-Saud clan who promoted an extreme version of Salafism.Salaf is the Arab word meaning pious ancestor and refers to those who attempt to emulate the pureIslamic life of the Prophet Muhammad and his generation of followers.But Wahhab and his modern disciples take this notion to extremes. The list of people whomWahhabists should consider their enemies includes not only Christians, Jews, Hindus and atheists,but also Shiite, Sufi and Sunni Muslims. And yet no western politicians seem prepared to accept the obvious.The chances of disaffected young men being drawn into the evil web of Wahhabist murderousextremism would be significantly decreased if the Saudi funding was blocked.
The Saudis began exporting Wahhabism in the early 1970s when the country’s oil wealth began
growing at an ever-increasing rate.