You’re liable to hear quite a bit today and for the next few days about the Governor General’s $175,000 plane flight to Saudi Arabia to offer condolences on the death of King Abdullah. That’s because it’s the perfect story for an election year, along with the widening Senate scandal and Pierre Poilievere’s weekend foray into filmmaking. All are ideal fodder with which to pelt a government that wants so badly to run on its fiscal record.
But if you really want a reason to get angry, consider this: Saudi Arabia financed 9/11.
We know this. It’s not a conspiracy theory. We know this because a bunch of U.S. congressmen and senators have now seen the 28 pages that the Bush administration redacted from the report of the joint congressional inquiry into 9/11, and, while the material is still classified, they’ve confirmed what the New York Post first reported in late 2013 — that, among other things, “Saudi government officials — not just wealthy Saudi hardliners, but high-level diplomats and intelligence officers employed by the kingdom — helped the hijackers both financially and logistically. The intelligence files cited in the report directly implicate the Saudi embassy in Washington and consulate in Los Angeles in the attacks, making 9/11 not just an act of terrorism, but an act of war.”
In fact, Florida Senator Bob Graham, who headed up the inquiry, has become the chief agitator in trying to get the Obama White House to declassify the material. But it doesn’t really matter; we know what’s in it. Saudi Arabia financed 9/11. Not the Taliban. Not Saddam Hussein (for those fucktards who still think Iraq had something to do with it). No, it was our buddies, Saudi Arabia. So if the Americans really had to bomb the shit out of somebody after 9/11, that’s who they should have bombed the shit out of.
Now, Canada, thanks to the level head of then-PM Jean Chrétien, had the good sense not to get involved in the Iraq campaign, but we weren’t so smart about Afghanistan. And, of course, we’ve continued our jovial relationship with the beheaders and misogynists in Saudi Arabia, and even ramped it up under the Ayatollah Harper, most recently signing a billion-dollar weapons deal with them. That’s right; Stephen Harper, the guy who wants you to be afraid, very afraid, of “the terrorists” ™, just sold a billion dollars worth of LAV IIIs to the country that financed 9/11.
And the prospect of selling them more stuff with which to blow up their neighbours, along with their own people, no doubt had a lot to do with the GG’s $175,000 trip.
So the next time the PM asks you to hide under your bed, or explains that you have to give up a big chunk of your civil liberties because “violent jihadism seeks to harm us here,” you might ask him why he sent our sweet old Queen’s representative to shake the hands of the people who financed 9/11.
Because haven’t we passed laws against aiding and abetting terrorism, too?