Sat, Jan 4, 2003 at 5:50:24 pm
A new United Nations report says our tolerant, friendly allies in the House of Saud have given $500 million to Al Qaeda—and that the money never stopped flowing, even after September 11. (Hat tip: Trent Telenko.)
The report asserts that the Saudi funds represent the most important source of financing for Al Qaida and that Riyad, pressured by leading officials, has failed to stop the flow of money to Al Qaida in wake of the Sept. 11, 2001 suicide attacks on New York and Washington.
The 34-page report was written by a French investigator at the request of Colombia, which occupies the presidency of the Security Council.
Jean-Charles Brisard, the investigator, was an expert on Al Qaida in France's intelligence service. Over the last year, he has become a consultant whose clients include the relatives of victims of the Al Qaida suicide missions in New York and Washington.
"One must question the real ability and willingness of the kingdom to exercise any control over the use of religious money in and outside of the country," the report said.
Kudos to Colombia, in their first high-profile act as president of the Security Council.