Saudi Arabia’s Clans of Terror

Daniel Greenfield, a Shillman Journalism Fellow at the Freedom Center, is a New York writer focusing on radical Islam. He is completing a book on the international challenges America faces in the 21st century.


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On his site, Walid Shoebat has an interesting discussion about the role of Saudi clans in supporting terrorism. While America is an individualistic society, the Muslim world is often tribal. Clan matters more than country.

Terrorism and crime by the Saudis is interlinked extensively within families, as we see in the Harbi clan. Let me explain. Americans will never find the Kaczynski Clan official website supporting Ted Kaczynski. Saudi Arabia is a far different story.

This is an important point. Americans often disregard basic structural differences between the east and the west. And that is a dangerous mistake.

The differences between the Muslim world and the Western world aren’t just religious. There are basic structural differences at the social level. They don’t think the way that we do, because they don’t live the way that we do. We think in terms of the country as defining us. They think in terms of the tribe as defining them. We sanction countries, but their countries are often a sham. It’s the clans that count.

After the bombings, a Saudi by the name of Abdul Rahman Ali Al-Harbi was hospitalized and became a ‘suspect’, then a ‘person of interest’. His apartment was searched by federal and local authorities. No confirmation has been given so far to his involvement. The Media were quick to claim his innocence, of course.

Perhaps a quick look at the Arabic sources should raise the eyebrows of every American relative to the extent of the problem at hand. Many from Al-Harbi’s clan are steeped in terrorism and are members of Al-Qaeda. Out of a list of 85 terrorists listed by the Saudi government shows several of Al-Harbi clan to have been active fighters in Al-Qaeda:

It’s not just Saudi Arabia. A closer look at the antics of the Al-Awlaki clan in Yemen (though the Saudis have a long history of using Yemen as their backyard) would have told us to watch out for Anwar Al-Awlaki. But that’s not the way we think. It is the way they think.

Take Khalid Aldawsari, a Saudi national. He is a student and an Al-Qaeda terrorist who planned to use weapons of mass destruction in the U.S., to include an attempted assassination of president Bush. Aldawsari was not a lone wolf; he was backed by an entire system. The wealthy and powerful Aldawsari clan, which includes the powerful Sheik Saud Bin Mut’ab who hosted a support group for the terrorist defending him publicly while funding his legal team.

Just translate “We are all Khalid Dawsari” into Arabic and see how much support the terrorist gets. The Aldawsari clan’s main website (alduwasser.net) keeps track of everything that goes with every comment in support for the terrorist linking to other supporting groups.

Take the Ghamdi clan (which has so many in the U.S.). It once responded to the following question that circulates the Middle East:

“Why does the Ghamdi clan produce so many terrorists?”

The Clan Ghamdi, on its official website (Ghamid.com), proudly responded to the question with a long martyrs list titled “Ghamdis the Mujahideen” priding themselves for having given two of their young men #3 Ahmed Ghamdi and #4 Hamza Saleh Ghamdi, who destroyed the South Tower in Manhattan on 9/11/01.

They are listed as “martyrs” and “heroes” with comments like “definitely, sons to be proud of”.

The parents of the Ghamdi’s who participated in 9/11 were proud of him. Countless Muslim websites describes them as “the lions of Manhattan. May Allah house them in paradise”.

Both Aldawsari clan as well as Ghamdi clan official websites openly supports terrorism. The support for Mohammad al-Wada’ani Aldawsari is in the open while firing machine guns:

All this raises an interesting question. Should we simply bar any Ghamdi from the United States? As Americans we don’t think this way, but in the tribal structure, a clan can be akin to a terrorist group. There are some American analogies, for example the Westboro Phelps family. But in the Middle East, this kind of structure is more common than not. And if clans like the Ghamdis openly support terrorism, then it may well be reasonable to bar any Ghamdi who doesn’t disavow his clan from entering the United States.

  • Michael Copeland

    There is a difficulty with requiring the disavowal of the clan before entry is permitted: “Permissible Lying” (Manual of Islamic Law r8.0), also known as Taqiyya.

    The Times Square would-be bomber, Faisal Shahzad, was reminded by the judge that he had taken the Oath of Allegiance. His answer, “I sweared, but I did not mean it”.

  • http://www.adinakutnicki.com AdinaK

    Here is the upshot: jihad in Boston is part of Wahhabi Islam and no amount of whitewash will change said facts – http://adinakutnicki.com/2013/04/17/when-is-a-per

    Patriots, time to put pressure on elected reps…close the loopholes!

    Adina Kutnicki, Israel http://adinakutnicki.com/about/

  • http://www.adinakutnicki.com AdinaK

    Here is the upshot: jihad in Boston is part of Wahhabi Islam and no amount of whitewash will change said facts – http://adinakutnicki.com/2013/04/17/when-is-a-per

    Patriots, time to put pressure on elected reps…close the loopholes!

    Adina Kutnicki, Israel http://adinakutnicki.com/about/

  • http://www.adinakutnicki.com AdinaK

    Here is the upshot: jihad in Boston is part of Wahhabi Islam and no amount of whitewash will change said facts – http://adinakutnicki.com/2013/04/17/when-is-a-per

    Patriots, time to put pressure on elected reps…close the loopholes!

    Adina Kutnicki, Israel http://adinakutnicki.com/about/

  • http://www.adinakutnicki.com AdinaK

    Here is the upshot: jihad in Boston is part of Wahhabi Islam and no amount of whitewash will change said facts – http://adinakutnicki.com/2013/04/17/when-is-a-per

    Patriots, time to put pressure on elected reps…close the loopholes!

    Adina Kutnicki, Israel http://adinakutnicki.com/about/

  • Ar'nun

    I don't think it would necessarily be unfair to ban certain clans entrance into the US if they have a propensity towards terrorism. We have put restrictions on entire countries before, so if you look at it that way, taking a more educated approach and banning those certain clans only would clearly look far fairer than banning the entire country. It would feed the Left's irrational need to claim "not all Muslims, yada yada…"

  • BLJ

    All Saudi clans are scum. Yet (as the photo above shows) we have a President who bows to them. He is just another of a long line of U.S. officials who do. Amazes me how blind we are to these bastards.

    • Dave C

      Hi BLJ, perhaps when you sell your truck, SUV and cut down your reliance on Saudi crude, then you won't have to kiss their ass for cheap gas !?
      I can assure you, not ALL Saudis are "Scum", anymore than all Americans are either, how many Saudis have you met or even people of different nationalities ?.

      • BLJ

        If you have ever read any of my other posts I am all for telling the Saudi's to take their oil and stick it. If the politicians in this country had any balls we would be energy independent.

        Got some more news for you. I have met and spent time with Saudi's. I seen firsthand how they really are. If my conclusions bother you, tough cookies.

      • Alan Gravitt

        When our President allows us to develop domestic energy supplies,. then we could with less pain allow the Saudis to try do without our purchases.

      • laars

        Fracking here will alow us to tell the Saudis to stuff their oil. Obama and dems hate fracking. See him bow to his master.

  • PAthena

    The clans in Arabia are a consequence of their marriage system. Marrying first cousins is very common, and this leads to clans.

  • WilliamJamesWard

    Saudis coming to America to live out Whabist terror dreams, the only Saudis leaving thier
    homeland should be nothing less than zombies, if that………………………….William

  • sjand3kids

    Perhaps we should look at Arab clans like the mafia. The similarities are remarkable.

  • LBFM

    One of the worst is the infamous Has'n bin So'ber. Extremely dangerous, especially when he's on the sauce.

  • ColonelNeville

    As per usual, an essential post on the cultural political difference s ‘tween the still almost free world of the suicidal West and the homicidal Islamic Mid East one of God’s monkey house. Outstanding. We’re doomed of course, and like South Africa, our women and children too, will go down with us entirely due to a willful error of judgement and of motive, in dishonor and death. No, really. Colonel Neville.