Omitted from any official discussion is the Saudi role in creating Islamic terror. The effort began in earnest in 1973 when the price of oil skyrocketed. Between 1972 and 1978 the price of oil per barrel rose $9.02, from $3.50 a barrel to $12.52. Saudi Arabia and the Gulf Emirates began to put their windfall to use by funding Wahhabi projects around the world.
In 2003 the Center for Security Policy (CSP) calculated that between 1975 and 2002 the Saudi government spent over $70 billion on international aid. Nearly all the money went to Islamic related projects such as building Wahhabi mosques and religious schools. CSP scholar Alex Alexiev characterized the effort as “the largest worldwide propaganda campaign ever mounted” in the history of the world. Saudi charities, including the Muslim World League and its affiliate, the International Islamic Relief Organization, were headed up by Saudi government officials and funded in large part by private Saudi citizens.
“Accompanying the money, invariably, was a blizzard of Wahhabist literature,” US News and World Report noted in 2003. “Critics argue that Wahhabism’s more extreme preachings—mistrust of infidels, branding of rival sects as apostates, and emphasis on violent jihad—laid the groundwork for terrorist groups around the world.”
The massive funding effort represents “a monumental campaign to bulldoze the more moderate strains of Islam, and replace them with the theo-fascist Saudi variety. Despite being well aware of the issue, Western powers continue to coddle the Saudis or, at most, protest meekly from time to time,” writes Yousaf Butt.