King Abdullah was a man of wisdom & vision. US has lost a friend & Kingdom of #SaudiArabia, Middle East, and world has lost a revered leader
— John Kerry (@JohnKerry) January 23, 2015
Yesterday Abdullah bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, the King of Saudi Arabia, died at the age of 90. His brother, Salman bin Abdul-Aziz Al Saud, has been named the new king continuing the rule of the House of Saud which has ruled modern Saudi Arabia over 70 years.
With King Abdullah’s death came fawning profiles and praise from the US corporate media and government officials such as Secretary of State John Kerry who called Abdullah a “man of vision and wisdom” and said “the world lost a revered leader.” Both the New York Times and the Washington Post credited Abdullah as a “reformer.”
The reality of Abdullah’s rule is quite different than the image offered publicly by the US establishment. In the Wikileaks cables former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton noted that the Saudis are the “chief funders” of Sunni terrorism throughout the world, including Al Qaeda which was led by Saudi scion Osama Bin Laden with Saudi Arabia producing 15 of the 19 hijackers on 9/11.
Under Abdullah’s regime the Saudis played a major role in the rise of ISIS. Not to mention the role the Saudis generally play in spreading a virulent strain of Islam known as Wahhabism that does, in fact, religiously justify offensive jihad, the taking of slaves, and martyrdom.
The “revered leader” also oversaw the continued oppression of women, a record number of beheadings, and the flogging of political dissidents. So why all the lavish praise?
Saudi Arabia has dumped billions of its petrodollars into the US economy from the defense industry, to Wall Street, to the media. Apparently such large financial investments provoke much reverence among the US elite.