Saudis Play Into Radical islam’s Hands
Since 9/11, the overriding concern of U.S. policy across the Middle East and Central Asia has been to defeat al-Qaida and other radical Islamic groups. Hundreds of billions of dollars are being spent on that obsession. Yet when the secret history of the current “Arab Spring” is written, we may learn that one of the many unintended consequences of U.S. attempts to keep up with—and influence—the historic events was to provide a flood of new recruits to radical Islam.
The immediate cause: Saudi intervention in Bahrain.