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Myths, Mosques, and Iraq [Excerpts]

June 2, 2006: A primary breeding ground for Islamic terrorism is the 1,359 mosques that Saudi Arabia has established, at an average cost of $160,000 each, throughout the world over the past few decades. In the West, where costs are higher, millions of dollars were spent on individual "Islamic Centers." Since the 1970s, Saudi Arabia has spent billions of dollars to spread their form of conservative Islam (Wahabbism). Most of this effort was directed at countries that already had a majority Moslem population. There, the Wahabbi clerics often ran into problems with other Islamic sects, which Wahabbis consider, to various degrees, heretical. That, of course, was nothing compared to the Wahabbi attitude towards non-Moslems (infidels). One thing the Saudis learned early on was to not say the same things to infidels that they said to fellow Moslems. Thus English language messages from Wahabbis, about what they are doing with all this missionary work, stress the need to unify the Islamic community, and improve religious education. But the messages to the people using all those mosques are very different. Here there is much talk of hatred for the infidels, and the need to fight, and destroy these enemies of Islam. With this in mind, it's less surprising that so many Islamic terrorists have some connection with these mosques.

Naturally, since September 11, 2001, the Wahabbi mosques in Western nations have come under greater scrutiny. Many actual, and potential, terrorists have been caught as a result. In most cases, the people running the Wahabbi mosques are not involved, although the sermons preached at these centers are full of religious and racial hatred. The clerics quote the Koran to defend themselves against charges of incitement to violence. These mosques serve as natural gathering places for those inclined to Islamic terrorism. Time and again, arrested terrorists are found to have networked at these mosques. The Saudi subsidized clerics at these mosques denounce Islamic terrorism to the police and the media, but display a more favorable attitude from the pulpit.