"Saudi Arabia does not provide either moral or financial support to Isis or any terrorist networks."
Saudi Arabia is a big fan of air strikes on Iran and Syria. But it's vehemently opposed to air strikes on Al Qaeda in Iraq. It's not hard to figure out why... especially with its GCC weapons turning up in ISIS hands.
Despite the false allegations of the Iraqi cabinet, whose exclusionary policies have fomented this current crisis, the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia supports the preservation of Iraq’s sovereignty, unity and territorial integrity.
We also absolutely oppose all foreign intervention and interference. So the call by the Iraqi foreign minister for President Obama and the US government to launch airstrikes against the Islamic State of Iraq and Al Sham (Isis) rebels is beyond our comprehension.
I'm sure Saudi Arabia's call for US intervention during the Gulf War was also beyond Iraq's comprehension.
The Saudi ambassador calls ISIS "rebels". That says it all.
An airstrike will not just eliminate extremists – whom we do not support – but will effectively sign the death warrant of many Iraqi citizens, innocent families trapped and terrified by this crisis.
But Saudi Arabia is a fan of air strikes on Syria. Clearly no problem with signing death warrants for Syrian citizens trapped in the crisis. But that's because those air strikes would be in support of Al Qaeda.
Not against Al Qaeda.
The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia wishes to see the defeat and destruction of all al-Qaeda networks – and of the Islamic State of Iraq and Al Sham operating in Iraq. Saudi Arabia does not provide either moral or financial support to Isis or any terrorist networks. Any suggestion to the contrary is a malicious falsehood.
Absolutely not. Perish the thought.
"It has been an ongoing challenge to persuade Saudi officials to treat terrorist financing emanating from Saudi Arabia as a strategic priority," read a cable from Hillary Clinton, the US Secretary of State, dated Dec 30, 2009.
"Donors in Saudi Arabia constitute the most significant source of funding to Sunni terrorist groups worldwide," added the document.
Saudi Arabia. The peaceful home of the religion of peace.