The Saudis are active at every level of the terror chain, from planners to financiers, from cadre to foot soldiers, from ideologist to cheerleader. -BRIEFING BY LAURENT MURAWIEC TO THE DEFENSE POLICY BOARD OF THE PENTAGON, JULY 10, 2002 Princes of Darkness is a highly provocative and critical expose of Saudi Arabia. This timely book brands the political and religious eliteThe Saudis are active at every level of the terror chain, from planners to financiers, from cadre to foot soldiers, from ideologist to cheerleader. -BRIEFING BY LAURENT MURAWIEC TO THE DEFENSE POLICY BOARD OF THE PENTAGON, JULY 10, 2002 Princes of Darkness is a highly provocative and critical expose of Saudi Arabia. This timely book brands the political and religious elite inside that country as enemies of the western world. From the Wahhabi brand of Islam, which Laurent Murawiec calls "a strange mix of paganism, provincial insularity, and of a rhetoric borrowed from Islam," to the powerful and corrupt Saudi royal family, to the multinational entities that support terrorism, the author takes the reader inside a world where enemies of the U.S. and the west are being cast as allies. He persuasively demonstrates that the Saudi leadership is as responsible for the spread of terror as any other radical Islamic nation. By extension, there is also profound criticism of the U.S. foreign policy-starting with the post-World War II period-that has supported the royal family instead of condemning it as an evil empire and of containing it. In the end, the most profound and far-reaching questions are addressed. What is to be done about Saudi Arabia? Should we take the "Saudi" out of Arabia? And if so, how?"...
|Title||:||Princes Of Darkness: The Saudi Assault On The West|
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FTC NOTICE: Library BookREVIEW: "Let us admit…that the title "prince" is purely formal. Even if one were to respect the right of illiterate and course nomads to call their chiefs princes--we have no reason to be gratuitously discourteous--the demographic explosion of the Al-Saud family has created an endless supply of pseudo-princes. It even seems impossible to count this sub-species, which multiplies uncontrollably. Are there three or eight thousand Saudi "princes"? No one knows. If necessary, it was agreed--politeness to foreigners--to call the dozen bearded men in jellabas "princes." But five or eight thousand? Inflation, as it is well known, devalues currency. The inflation of princes has devalued the title. Each prince thus bears the title of only one five-thousandth of a prince, so that at diplomatic receptions, the introduction might go: "Royal Highness the five-thousandth of a Prince Bandar," which would be closer to reality" (229). Yet, Laurent Murawiec, author of “Princes of Darkness: The Saudi Assault on the West,” wrote a book’s worth of “reasons to be gratuitously discourteous” (229), in his efforts to expose the everything he wanted readers to know about the Saudi Royal Family, he also freely injected caustic language. The author contended that Saudi oil came to life as a result of simply happening to inhabit the land under which the petrol sources rested. He wanted to establish that this royal family was nothing more than a self-propagating orgy of princes and their several wives to create future generations in order to maintain their power. "Saudi Arabia, for its part, modernized nothing. It was in 1957 – – and not in the seventh century – – that King Saud [SIC] issued and edict forbidding women to drive. In the name of Islam, the Saudi-Wahhabi regime has worsened the position of women. Sequestration inside the walls of home, the requirement to wear and an abaya showing only the eyes, and illiteracy and the virtual impossibility of exercising a profession, the prohibition of pursuing education abroad" (14-15), etc. Additional information included the author’s suggestion that the US invasion of Iraq existed as favor to Saudis...under threat of (Iran's) Shia being able to obtain Iraqi oil reserves and out-power “The Kingdom.” He also delved into the formation of OPEC and OAPEC, asserting themselves as nothing more than political oil cartels, regardless of the fact that that the producing countries simply wanted control over what came from their territories. "Oil, everything comes down to oil" (179). Murawiec clearly had a problem with everybody and everything pertaining to the Saudi Royal Family, defining them as nothing more than Bedouin tribal thieves utilizing their religion as a weapon. Despite the author’s frequently injected opinions that tended to distract from important historical facts, I enjoyed learning more about the Saudis and their relationship with Pakistan. This alliance may also have been the reason why Zulfikar Ali Bhutto was prohibited from obtaining "The Bomb." I found this to be particularly interesting because, after seeing the film “Bhutto,” I wondered why Dr. Henry Kissinger adamantly emphasized to Bhutto that he would regret developing nuclear weaponry. After all, the USA developed “The Bomb,” then the USSR did the same thing. China then sensed it needed nuclear weapons to protect itself from the Russians. India felt threatened and started testing its “Bomb;” therefore, it appeared only rational that Pakistan would develop equal-caliber capabilities to protect itself from India. Zulfikar Ali Bhutto was denied this power. General Zia-ul-Haq became Bhutto’s Chief of Staff (most likely at the request of the USA or Saudi Arabia), and then this man seized power via military coup…and got “The Bomb” anyway.Mr. Murawiec did not go into all of that detail with Pakistan, because his book was about exposing the Saudi Royal Family’s power matrix. Pakistan played a somewhat minute role (in the context of their total power-base). The author explained how Pakistan's intelligence arm, the ISI, "pulled the wool over the CIA's eyes, manipulated American policy for its benefit, and came out on top" (77), thereby orchestrating the election(s) of Benazir Bhutto as part of a façade to appease the Western world. While this review did not share nearly as much as what one can read and learn about in “Princes of Darkness: The Saudi Assault on the West,” my goal was to communicate that the author demonstrated compelling writing skills and strong subject matter knowledge, yet he faltered in maintaining a modicum of professionalism that one would expect from a person with his impressive credentials. I failed to appreciate when he repeatedly injected vitriolic statements such as the following: "We have seen the way in which Saudi Arabia asserted control over Pakistan, or, if you like, the Wahhabi acid bath into which Saudi influence plunged Pakistan" (107). Comments such as this one devalued the crucial information that he wanted exposed; as such, the book’s star rating was reduced.
The Saudi royal family comes from the central part of the Arabian peninsula. They promote a fundamentalist kind of Sunni Islam called Wahhabism. The Saudis conquered the part of the Arabian peninsula that includes Mecca and Medina. The Saudis also conquered eastern Arabia, which is a Shia, and which contains the oil wells that provide the Saudi royal family's wealth. So it is not clear why the Saudis should have more right to the oil than the British or Americans. The Egyptian Arabs are envious of the gulf Arab's great, unearned oil wealth and see them as barbarians. The author points out that Saudi Arabia has produced few great novelists, poets, musicians, historians, mathematicians or scientists. Even their engineers are imported from abroad. Saudi oil wealth has been used to influence academics to respond favorably to the spread of their Wahhabist variety of political Islam in Egypt, Europe and the United States. For example, the Saudis have used their money to move Al-Azhar University of Cairo, the supreme authority on Sunni Islam, in a Wahhabi direction. The Saudis fund the Islamic Center in Geneva and the Islamic Center of Rome. The Saudis have also used their money to gain control over much of the pan-Arab press.
This book took me FOR-EVVVER to read and could not hold my interest. There were only a handful of paragraphs that were somewhat interesting but this was by far the most BORING book I have ever read! I should have abandoned it right from the beginning but I like to finish what I start. Thankful I am finally done. Good riddance!