Wahhabi terrorism coming back to haunt Saudi: Analyst

Press TV has interviewed Scott Bennett, a former US army psychological warfare officer in San Francisco, about Saudi Arabia's King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud warning his country of the dangers of religious radicalization a day after a series of terrorist attacks rocked the kingdom.

A rough transcription of the interview appears below.


Press TV: When King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud says that Saudi Arabia will crack down hard on those who prey on youths vulnerable to religious extremism, what does he mean exactly specifically when you keep in mind that Saudi Arabia has been the very source driving that extremist Wahhabi ideology?

Bennett: Well the chickens are coming home to roost, so to speak, if you will. The kingdom of Saudi Arabia I think is right for coup, is right for falling in political revolution because they have been sowing the seeds of revolution and destruction and Takfiri Wahhabism for the past 15 years and it has of course been accelerated in the past five years in its attempt to infiltrate Syria and destabilize President Bashar al-Assad’s regime with ultimate ambitions pushing off into Iraq with Islamic State ambitions against Iran.

So the Saudi Arabians as well as the Kuwaitis, the Qataris, the [Persian] Gulf nations have been fomenting this Wahhabi fanaticism and it is coming back to haunt them because they have thought ignorantly that they could buy them off, that they could bribe them, that they could release them from captivity and jails and give them money and send them off to foreign lands to fight but that is not turning into a reality. They are turning their attention on Saudi Arabia because they consider Saudi Arabia an apostate and guilty of all sorts of perversions and unmoral compromises and things of that nature.

So what the king is possibly mentioning is a severe bloodshed, crackdown, or just an appearance of one in order to not trigger Iran into doing its own crackdown because it is obvious this was Wahhabi Takfiris targeting the Shia holy sites and it is only through the Shia and the Sunni holy men and the Imams coming together as Salah al- Budair did when he said this is a war against Islam and this is a perversion of Islam and he went on to eloquently articulate how this does not represent anything as Islam.

Press TV: As you have just pointed out this attack in Medina of course on Prophet Muhammad’s Mosque, it is Islam’s second holiest site held sacred amongst all denominations of Muslims. However, of course this attack just goes to show how far removed groups like Daesh, like Wahhabi Takfiris are from Islam itself. However, as you have just pointed out there was a lot of naivety on the part of the Al Saud when they promoted this Wahhabi ideology. Now that they are seeing the chickens coming home to roost, are we going to see 180-degree change? Are we going to see them stop funding Wahhabi Takfiri Salafist groups in Syria, in Iraq, etc.? Are we going to see them stop preaching that ideology?

Bennett: Well I would hope so if they were intelligent, if they were true followers of the Prophet Muhammad (peace by upon him), they would do a back turn, they would ally with Iran, they would ally with Russia and Syria to say this is the scourge of the modern century of Islamic belief, these are Takfiri Wahhabi Mongoloids, retards, and monstrosities and perversions of Islam, they are not true followers of Muhammad.

If they were serious, they would create a coalition, a confederacy ideologically to battle and stop funding it, stop financing it through Swiss banks like UBS and Hillary Clinton’s foundation but instead I think we are going to see them pay lip service to it and continue their aggressive wars of mercenaries.

So I do not honestly think they will turn but they could if there are serious civil war and revolution in Saudi Arabia in the next few years which I think we could see. We could see these Wahhabi Takfiri types coming in and replicating these bombings to try and incite a war between the Sunnis and the Shias. And of course it opens up the doors to Israel and the Zionists and the Mossad element, are they involved? Could this be something that they are trying to benefit from by creating a civil war between the Sunni and the Shia or could the United States? Never put it past the CIA.