The response in the West to the horrific beheading of dozens of soldiers at a Syrian base has been muted, according to an analyst in Washington, partly because Saudi Arabia allegedly is a major backer of the perpetrators, the Islamic State, formerly known as the Islamic State of Iraq and greater Syria, the ISIS.
Islamic State guerrillas attacked the base in Raqqa, Syria, for two days before seizing it and leaving more than 50 soldiers dead and another 200 unaccounted for, according to the Syrian Human Rights Observatory.
Video, which has not been independently verified, shows Islamic State guerrillas putting the severed heads on poles.
William Murray, chairman of the Religious Freedom Coalition in Washington, D.C., believes the U.S. policy in the Middle East is hamstrung by American dependency on Saudi Arabia as an economic and political partner in the region.
“We are the puppets of the Saudis and we can’t stop the Sunni rebels, because that would upset the Saudis,” Murray said.
In June, Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki, who heads Iraq’s Shiite-dominated government, declared “we hold Saudi Arabia responsible” for giving financial aid and moral support to the Islamic State.
Murray said the “extreme violence of ISIS and other Sunni terror groups can be linked directly to Islamic schools funded by Saudi Arabia.”
He said even schools operated by the founder of the Nigerian jihadist group, Boko Haram, were financed by the Saudi royal family.
“Without Saudi textbooks declaring the supremacy of Islam and the destruction of democracy, young men could not be recruited to come to Iraq and Syria to commit genocide against Christians,” Murray said.
WND recently reported evidence the Saudis are heavily funding jihad in sub-Saharan Africa.
Jihad Watch publisher Robert Spencer told WND that whether or not the Saudis are actually supporting the Islamic State, if the West doesn’t respond, it can expect “more frequent jihad terror attacks and increasing cultural aggressiveness from pro-Shariah Islamic supremacists.”
Spencer said Christians should be among the strongest defenders of freedom.
“Prayer, but not quietism,” he said of the response. “We must act to defend freedom. Remember that the heart of the Islamic world – Egypt, Syria, etc. – was once Christian. It could happen here.”
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