London Times correspondent Roger Boyes, in an article, "Time to tell the Saudis some home truths," warned yesterday about the security threats to Britain posed by the Saudi-funded and -aided terrorists inside his country.
"Saudi money tops up the coffers of insurgents in Syria and Iraq. Saudi terrorists easily outnumber fighters from other foreign countries; there are at least 1,200 Saudi terrorists in the field, and perhaps as many as 2,000," Boyes wrote. He pointed out that although Saudi Arabia remains a good customer for British weaponry, referring to settling the pricing dispute on the latest batch of Typhoon jets, good customers do not always make good allies.
"Saudi Salafi preachers are encouraging young men (in Britain and throughout Europe) to take up arms against Shia Muslims and unbelievers. We worry about British 'jihadis' but it is Saudis," he noted.
Boyes article appeared a few days after it was revealed that al-Ariffi, a Wahaabi firebrand preacher from Saudi Arabia, was recruiting Jihadis from a British mosque at Cardiff, urging them to kill the Shi'as. Al-Ariffi was earlier banned from entering Switzerland, another European country that harbors all varieties of terrorists, because of his extremist views.
On June 15, the Times reported threats issued by the British citizens fighting with the terrorist group, ISIS, in Iraq. According to the Sunday Times, they promised that after they're done there, Britain is next. The message comes from three such fighters, all youngsters in their teens and twenties.
British Prime Minister David Cameron is also ringing alarm bells, asserting that Britain has become too tolerant for its own good, bringing about a rise in extremism.
"In recent years we have been in danger of sending out a worrying message: that if you don't want to believe in democracy, that's fine; that if equality isn't your bag, don't worry about it; that if you're completely intolerant of others, we will still tolerate you," the PM asserted.
Missing, of course, from all this, is the British intelligence role with the Saudis in creating the terror spree. Perhaps that, too, will come.
War Spreading: Saudi Terrorist Blows Himself Up in a Beirut Hotel
A suicide bomber who blew himself up at a Beirut hotel, and his accomplice, who survived the blast, are nationals of Saudi Arabia, Lebanese officials said Thursday. A security and a judicial official, who spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not allowed to talk to the media during an ongoing investigation, told The Associated Press that a preliminary probe shows the two attackers entered Lebanon with Saudi passports on June 11, and had paid for bookings in two other hotels besides the Duroy, where they came to stay. The suicide bomber blew himself up when security agents went in on a routine security check.
The blast occurred during the evening rush-hour, inside the Duroy Hotel, located near the Saudi Embassy in Raouche district, a posh neighborhood of apartment towers and upscale hotels perched on cliffs overlooking the Mediterranean Sea.
It was the third suicide bombing in Lebanon in less than a week and sparked fears of renewed violence in a country that has been deeply affected by the civil war in neighboring Syria, and the increasing efforts by Riyadh to destabilize the Hezbollah-led Lebanese political system. On Monday, a suicide bomber blew himself up near a checkpoint outside a cafe just after midnight in a primarily Shi'ite neighborhood where the militant Hezbollah group has a strong presence. The bombing killed one person and wounded 20. An al-Qaida-linked, Saudi-funded group, the Abdullah Azzam Brigades, has warned that such attacks will continue as long as Hezbollah takes part in Syria's civil war alongside President Bashar Assad's troops.