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Excerpt: "Germany's Vice Chancellor Sigmar Gabriel urged Saudi Arabia on Sunday to stop supporting religious radicals amid growing concern among some lawmakers in Berlin about the funding of militant mosques by the world's biggest oil exporter."

President Obama and King Salman Arabia stand at attention during the U.S. national anthem at the start of Obama's State Visit to Saudi Arabia. (photo: Pete Souza/Official White House)
President Obama and King Salman Arabia stand at attention during the U.S. national anthem at the start of Obama's State Visit to Saudi Arabia. (photo: Pete Souza/Official White House)

German Vice Chancellor Warns Saudi Arabia Over Extremist Funding

By Reuters

06 December 15


ermany's Vice Chancellor Sigmar Gabriel urged Saudi Arabia on Sunday to stop supporting religious radicals amid growing concern among some lawmakers in Berlin about the funding of militant mosques by the world's biggest oil exporter.

The unusual criticism of the Gulf state follows a report by Germany's foreign intelligence agency which suggested that Saudi foreign policy was becoming more "impulsive".

The German government rebuked the BND agency for making such suggestions about Saudi Arabia, an important business partner that is involved in international talks to find a political solution to the Syria crisis..

"We need Saudi Arabia to solve the regional conflicts," Sigmar Gabriel, head of the Social Democrats (SPD) who share power with conservative Chancellor Angela Merkel, told the mass-circulation Bild am Sonntag.

"But we must at the same time make clear that the time to look away is past. Wahhabi mosques are financed all over the world by Saudi Arabia. In Germany, many dangerous Islamists come from these communities," he said.

Saudi Arabia follows the ultra-conservative Wahhabi form of Islam and is seen by some outsiders as a cause of the international jihadist threat.

It has cracked down on jihadists at home and cut militant finance streams but some groups, including Islamic State (IS) and al Qaeda, follow an extreme interpretation of the Salafi branch of Islam of which Wahhabism was the original strain.

Germany is worried about growing support for Salafism. The domestic intelligence agency says the number of Salafists has risen to 7,900, up from 5,500 just two years ago.

Another senior Social Democrat, Thomas Oppermann, also homed in on Saudi Arabia, saying Wahhabism offered a ideology for IS insurgents and contributed to the radicalization of moderates.

"We don't need or want it in Germany," he told the Welt am Sonntag weekly.

Germans are worried about a possible attack on their soil, especially after the bombings and shootings in Paris on Nov. 13 which killed 130 people.

Responding to an appeal from France, Germany is sending reconnaissance jets, a frigate and 1,200 military personnel to join the fight against IS insurgents in Syria but it is not joining U.S., French, Russian and British air strikes.

The head of the Central Council of Muslims in Germany said military action was not the way to stop insurgency.

"We have sown the seeds of war and it has resulted in terror and refugees," Aiman Mazyek told the Neue Osnabruecker Zeitung, referring to the war in Iraq which Germany opposed. your social media marketing partner


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+28 # Radscal 2015-12-06 15:09
You go, Germany. France has also begun criticizing Turkey for its support of ISIL and affiliates. Europe may be realizing that the actions of US and its ME allies are debilitating to Europe. They may not be ready to openly oppose the US itself, but by calling out our client states' roles, they are at least plucking at the low hanging fruit of Empire.
-7 # MidwestTom 2015-12-07 07:55
More on US involvement:

Obama is doing all he can to start a big war.
-6 # MidwestTom 2015-12-07 07:56
And another reference:

To bas we lowly citizens can't stop this fool.
0 # Radscal 2015-12-07 14:55
Great, and fully-cited article.
0 # Radscal 2015-12-07 14:51
My, my. You sure "earned" a preponderance of down votes.

From your link:
"“A US Air Force Boeing E-3 Sentry AWACS plane took off on 24 November from the Preveza airbase in Greece. A second E-3A of the Saudi Arabian air force took off from the Riyadh airbase. Both planes were executing a common task—determinin g the precise location of Russian aircraft. It is they that picked the “victim.”

Boeing E-3s were the large white aircraft seen and filmed over NYC and the Pentagon on 9/11.

I see no reason to doubt that the US was guiding the attack on that Russian SU-24. Thanks for posting that link.
0 # RMDC 2015-12-07 20:59
The Saudis have bought off American politicians. Take a look at this --
+20 # rich black 2015-12-06 15:47
Saudi-financed madrassas, throughout the Middle East, teach the Wahhabism that is the root of radical Sunni Islam and its worldwide cancerous terrorism. Yet, the US Government thinks nothing of selling $60 billion in weapons to the Saudis. What's good for Blackrock is not good for the country.

So when is the last time we had a President that didn't kowtow to the totally above all laws, Saudi Royal family?
-2 # RLF 2015-12-07 07:25
It was the same president that made motor vehicles getting less than 30 miles to the gallon illegal. US wants its suv's...the prices is kissing Saudi's asses.
+15 # RMDC 2015-12-06 18:26
Wow, this Gabriel is right on the mark. Saudi Arabia has been funding world-wide terrorism since the 1970s. The Taliban came out of madrassas in Pakistan. Taliban means "the students." Boko Harum came out of madrassas.

I've read that there are 10,000 or so madrassas all over the world. They are in Europe, the US, and every nation. The teach a very politicized form of religion, not unlike what students get at Pat Robertson's college or Jerry Falwell's Liberty University. All of these fundamentalists believe in theocracy; that is, religiously run nations, even if that means using violence to achieve it.

So far, I don't know of any violence coming from the theocratic schools in the US but the US military is full of fundamentalist chrisitans who are all over the world imposing theocratic regimes on people who just want to be left alone.

The US and Saudi Arabia are complete united in their world conquest. If I were in Europe, I'd get away from these two centers of Satanism as quickly as I could.
0 # rhgreen 2015-12-13 22:42
I agree with RMDC and his swipe of the brush on some American "Christians". But everyone should realize that madrassas are very old in Islam. The root of the word is Persian, going back long long before the US overthrew the democratic government of Iran in 1953, in order to seize its oil. As Wikipedia says, it is "the Arabic word for any type of educational institution, whether secular or religious (of any religion)". Criticizing madrassas is like criticizing the worship of Allah. Madrassa is the Arabic word for a school and Allah is the Arabic word for God. Let's try to pretend we're semi-literate, shall we? Religious madrassas are as moderate or fundamentalist as is the Islam in that place. True, the Saudis have been funding their kind of Wahhabi fundamentalist madrassas all over the world. But criticize them, not madrassas per se. A madrassa is the same sort of thing as the Catholic school several blocks away from the public school I went to in the NYC borough of Queens. Maybe bad madrassas teach that Christians should be slaughtered, but some of my Jewish classmates at PS69 suspected that the nearby Catholic school was teaching that the Jews killed Christ and that beating Jews up was too good for them. Maybe Jerry Falwell's and Pat Robertson's colleges are using the Book of Revelations as a textbook and describing The Rapture for the saved and the tortures of Hell awaiting the damned. I wouldn't be surprised. Read some Joe Bageant - google for "The Covert Kingdom".
+14 # jwb110 2015-12-06 23:50
The Saudis are not our Allies. The US is being used and manipulated by them. Ending the problems in the Middle East is like putting out an oil well fire. You have to create a vacuum and remove the air to stop the fire. The Western Nations overnight disappearance from the reach would create such a vacuum. And for those who cry about the bloodshed that would follow,....that will happen anyway. The Middle East War is a war that cannot be won because there is too much money being made, there is too much political fodder being gathered and the war serves the interests of the few and none of the people who are suffering.
0 # Radscal 2015-12-07 15:03
There's plenty of evidence that the US has been using and manipulating Saudi Arabia, going back to FDR I hate to have to admit. They may screw with us on occasion, but the roles are quite clear overall.

It would be fair to suggest that it is only a specific segment within the US government who have been utilizing and manipulating Muslim extremists from Iran in 1954 to Afghanistan from 1979 to 1989 and Yugoslavia and Checnya in the 1990s and Iraq and Afghanistan (again) in the 2000s, clear through Libya and Syria in the 2010s and Yemen today.

But to imagine that those groups are the ones manipulating the world's sole SUPERPOWER strikes me as absurd.
+10 # Shorey13 2015-12-06 23:51
We are also assisting the Saudis in murdering Shiite women and children in Yemen. It goes without saying that the Bush family has been in bed with the Saudis for more than half a century, but why is Obama supporting them? Our oil production (especially shale) has made us self-sufficient and frightened the Saudis so much they are flooding the world with oil, driving the price down so as to put our oil producers out of business.

Do you suppose there are alliances and factors of which we are not allowed to be aware. Conspiracies? What do YOU think?
0 # Depressionborn 2015-12-07 01:28
I think the Saudis have purchased our media, and perhaps our gov too. They are with the NWO. The state is the natural enemy of the people.
+9 # Jim Rocket 2015-12-07 02:19
The state is not the natural enemy of the people but a corrupt state sure is. Oil is at the heart of this and oil money buys politicians. The Bush family are definitely all over this but so are a lot of other powerful people.
+10 # jdd 2015-12-07 06:10
Yes, the Bush family was in partnership with the Saudis. More importantly. Bush covered up the Saudi role in 911 by whisking them out of the country then censoring the 28 pages of the Joint Commission dealing with Saudi financing of the hijackers. But you can't stop there. Obama has been just as bad. He has refused to release the 28 pages and has continued to kowtow and support the entire Saudi agenda of "regime change" and its terrorist groups from ISIS to Al-Nusra to the Army of Conquest, etc.' etc. Even today, refuses to coordinate with Russia, insisting that they agree to the precondition that "Assas must go."
+5 # RLF 2015-12-07 07:29
If you like to drink fracking chemicals then you must be very happy with our "self sufficiency" which is nothing but a myth created by those that want to frack away.
0 # Radscal 2015-12-07 15:06
Ever since FDR stopped in to formalize the US/Saudi relationship in 1944/1945, we have had an "understanding" with them, regardless of what party flavor occupies the White House.

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