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Hatred's Kingdom: How Saudi Arabia Supports the New Global Terrorism Hardcover – February, 2003
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In the global search for culprits and causes in the rise of terrorism, former Israeli ambassador to the United Nations Dore Gold shines a spotlight on a nation many think of as a close ally of the United States: Saudi Arabia. As he explains in Hatreds Kingdom: How Saudi Arabia Supports the New Global Terrorism, Gold believes that the Saudi government is greatly influenced by the Islamist sect known as Wahhabism and, he explains, that influence has lead to Saudi support of terrorism in the Middle East, Europe, the United States and around the world. The historical portion of Golds argument, where he traces the emergence of Muhammad ibn Abd al-Wahhab and the changing face of Saudi leadership, is admirably extensive and detailed. His modern research is a little more uneven, relying on statements by various Muslim clergy members, letters to the editors of newspapers, opinion pieces, and other evidence that is rarely damnable. Curiously, mentions of Israel and the long-standing Arab-Israeli conflict are much more infrequent than one would expect from an Israeli diplomat and scholar. But regardless of ones opinion of Golds research or his alarming conclusions, the book offers something not often found in modern political nonfiction: a coherent structure, exhaustive research, and a clear and consistent perspective on the ongoing threat of terrorism. --John Moe
"...may be the most important Middle East book on the market" -- Jewish Tribune, April 25, 2003
"...provides a comprehensive answer for anyone with the question: 'Why do some Saudis, at least, hate us?'" -- National Review, June 2, 2003
"Gold's lucid, dispassionate, impressively researched narrative debunks much of the conventional wisdom [on Saudi Arabia]" -- Commentary, May 2003
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Sad to say, the Wahabi "denomination" of Islam seems to be the poison in the well of Islam,
even though it's a relatively recent interpretation... and because the U.S. is so beholding to
the Saudis in so many ways, we lay the blame on every other "denomination" of Islam as
though there are no differences between the various persuasions... even to ignoring the Saudi
roots of 9/11, el quaeda, isel, boko haran, etc.... If our own government and politicians had
more integrity, and laid the blame where it belongs, we might have avoided massive unnecessary
death and suffering all over the world and the resentment of hundreds of millions of people everywhere.
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Writing about Saudi Arabia requires legitimate sources, not Websites!
Some of the clerics the author mentioned, were not appointed by Saudi government.Read more