Wahhabism was spread at behest of West during Cold War: Mohammed bin Salman

Published: March 30, 2018
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The Saudi-funded spread of Wahhabism began as a result of Western countries asking Riyadh to help counter the Soviet Union during the Cold War, Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman said on Thursday, according to RT.com

The crown prince said that Saudi Arabia’s Western allies urged the country to invest in mosques and madrassas overseas during the Cold War, in an effort to prevent encroachment in Muslim countries by the Soviet Union.

He added that successive Saudi governments had lost track of that effort, saying we have to get it all back.” He added that funding now comes mostly from Saudi based “foundations,” rather than from the government.

The crown prince’s interview with the Washington Post took place on March 22, the final day of his US tour.

Another topic of discussion included a previous claim by US media that bin Salman had said that he had White House senior adviser Jared Kushner “in his pocket.”

Bin Salman denied reports that when he and Kushner – who is also Donald Trump’s son-in-law – met in Riyadh in October, he had sought or received a greenlight from Kushner for the massive crackdown on alleged corruption which led to widespread arrests in the kingdom shortly afterwards.

According to bin Salman, the arrests were a domestic issue and had been in the works for years.

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He said it would be “really insane” for him to trade classified information with Kushner, or to try to use him to advance Saudi interests within the Trump administration.

He stated that their relationship was within a normal governmental context, but did acknowledge that he and Kushner “work together as friends, more than partners.”

He stated that he also had good relationships with Vice President Mike Pence and others within the White House.

 

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  • Venki
    Mar 30, 2018 - 12:43AM

    Seems this guy is really looking for a big change. Don’t know how mullahs react. All the best for himRecommend

  • Saleem Kaleem
    Mar 30, 2018 - 4:54AM

    Totally agree with Prince MBS. It’s high time to reserve that policy.Recommend

  • Khan
    Mar 30, 2018 - 8:49AM

    Hope he can now fund Pakistan to counter Wahhabism & Jihad that has destroyed our beautiful country! Hope he doesn’t leave us high & dry like the U.S did after Soviet left Afghanistan.Recommend

  • Ashfaq
    Mar 30, 2018 - 11:45AM

    Disclosing it right now doesn’t wash away that previous state of denial , where every individual resisted that notion of Saudi sponsored Terrorism.Whatever and whenever there were acts of terror, it was from extremist wahabis, in other words, helped,supported and financed by Saudi Arabia.Now if you admit that fact, time is up, you might wish to wash away that outfit, but it wont.Recommend

  • Khan
    Mar 30, 2018 - 12:54PM

    It’s was spread at the behest of the west, which also helped your family to become Kings at the same time,,,Recommend

  • Chengez k
    Mar 30, 2018 - 2:20PM

    Finally the TRUTH !!!!Recommend

  • Bunny Rabbit
    Mar 30, 2018 - 3:41PM

    I like the way this prince is trying to change the KSA and its image . HE deserves a chance . Recommend

  • Manzoor Ahmed
    Mar 30, 2018 - 3:51PM

    An 18th-century British agent, Hempher wasinstrumental role in founding the conservative Islamic reform movement of Wahhabism, as part of a conspiracy to corrupt Islam. He used Muhammad ibn Ab – al Wahab into creation of this fitna and it has nothing to do with cold war but ensured this family come into power and stay in power. Recommend

  • muhammad saif ur rehman
    Mar 30, 2018 - 4:06PM

    so how about hepling with the clean up dear MBS?Recommend

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