Never have we heard such a rumor.
Who thinks of such things as 'outside of the box'
(in an inventive, unconventional way)?
Do the Saudi Royals? The House of Saud is linked with Wahhabism
(Saudis preferring the term Salafism
) through the marriage of the son of Muhammad ibn Saud with the daughter of Muhammad Abd al Wahhab in 1744.
An Islamist group founded sometime between August 1988
and late 1989 and early 1990, al-Qaida operates as a network comprising both a multinational, stateless arm
and a fundamentalist Sunni movement calling for global jihad.
Research suggests al-Qaeda was formed at an August 11, 1988, meeting between "several senior leaders" of Egyptian Islamic Jihad, Abdullah Azzam
and Osama bin Laden
, where it was agreed to join bin Laden's money with the expertise of the Islamic Jihad organization and take up the jihadist cause elsewhere after the Soviets withdrew from Afghanistan
Consider the distraction of an Egyptian source. Azzam, a highly influential Palestinian Sunni scholar and theologian had been conveniently assassinated in November 1989 (dead mean tell no tales). Osama bin Laden is a member of a prominent Saudi family, but he is 52
years of age.
Age, you see, may be just another distraction. In 1998 Ayman al-Zawahiri
merged Egyptian Islamic Jihad into al-Qaeda. Ayman al-Zawahiri is 58
years of age. Jihadist doing the dying and prison time for al Qaeda on the otherhand, are typically young people. Even Adam Gadahn
(the American Al Qaeda jihadist) would be only 31 years of age by now.
Ready for the rumor? Here it is:
The House of Saud funded al Qaeda to channel rebellious Islamic youth into activities that target infidels rather than royals. While rebelliousness may be an expected and accepted stage of development for Western youth, it is dealt with rather more severely in Islam.
After generations of Islam's brightest had been educated in the West sparing no expense, many of returned resentful of their obviously oppressed and constrained lifestyles. House of Saud's advisors counselled the royal family to distract this energetic and rebellious movement into religious channels that would leave the kingdom relatively unscathed.
Western infidels became targets of opportunity. Now, we may begin to understand the dimensions of what has been hidden from the public by the 9-11 Commission
- prior knowledge of the Saudi youth distraction program