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How to be a useful idiot: Saudi funding in Australia

The Griffith fiasco

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Saudi Arabia has been investing close to $ 95 billion in order to spread radical Islam through out the world. What are their plans? This article describes what the Saudi Arabians are doing with some of that money in Saudi Arabia .

By Mervyn Bendle

10/13/2008 Australia (ABC)-In 2007 it was revealed that the Saudis were planning a $2.7 billion scholarship fund for Australian universities, designed to facilitate the entry of Saudi students into Australia to undertake tertiary education in the face of restrictions on their entry into the US and UK in the post-9/11 security environment.

It later emerged in The Australian that Griffith University “practically begged the Saudi Arabian embassy to bankroll its Islamic campus for $1.3 million”, assuring the Saudis that arrangements could be kept secret if required. The vice-chancellor promoted Griffith as the “university of choice” for Saudis and “offered the embassy an opportunity to reshape the Griffith Islamic Research Unit (GIRU) during its campaign to get ‘extra noughts’ added to the Saudi cheques”.

The issue ignited fears that the university would allow itself to become a centre for the promulgation of Wahhabism, the sectarian form of Islam that is both the Saudi state religion, and a chief theological component of Islamism, the totalitarian ideology guiding global jihadism and terrorism.

Moderate Australian Muslims expressed an anxiety that the Saudis were using their financial power to remake Australia ‘s Islamic community. They also claimed that the director of GIRU was the leader of a shadowy network allegedly promoting Islamism and channeling members into extremist organizations.

These fears appeared confirmed in March 2008, when Griffith hosted the controversial Islamist ideologue Tariq Ramadan, as keynote speaker at a conference pointedly called ‘The Challenges and Opportunities of Islam in the West: The Case of Australia’. The event was organized by GIRU, whose director chaired the opening ceremony, while the Saudi ambassador made the welcoming remarks.

When the vice-chancellor published an article defending Griffith ‘s aggressive pursuit of Saudi funding he revealed an ignorance of Islam and there were allegations of plagiarism from a Wikipedia entry. It also emerged that his principal policy adviser had told an ABC journalist that Australia ‘s universities were not secular institutions, and that “because we seemed to have no objection to the ‘Christianization’ of our universities, we could hardly object to attempts to ‘Islamify’ them or any other aspects of Australian life”.

Saudi Arabia & financial jihad

The massive, ideologically-loaded largesse of the Saudi regime reflects a major shift in policy within Saudi Arabia that followed the siege of the Grand Mosque in Mecca by members and supporters of the Muslim Brotherhood and the Saudi National Guard. These militants denounced the Saudi monarchy as apostates from Islam and proclaimed the imminent apocalyptic return the Mahdi (redeemer of Islam). At the same time, the Iranian Revolution saw the emergence of Iran as a powerful Shi’ite theocracy overshadowing the Sunni-dominated Gulf States.

In response, the regime embraced the religious establishment, entrenched Wahhabism as the Saudi state religion, and began a billion-dollar spending program to export Wahhabism on a global scale.

The scale of this commitment was made clear in March 2002, when the Saudi government’s English weekly Ain Al-Yaqeen published an article on the “Billions Spent by Saudi Royal Family to Spread Islam to Every Corner of the Earth”. It described the 210 Islamic centres, 1500 mosques, 200 colleges and 2000 schools wholly or partly financed by Saudi Arabia in Europe, North and South America, Asia, and Australia .

Overall, the Saudis have spent approximately $95 billion since the mid-1970s to export Wahhabism on a global scale, and there is no evidence of decreased activity in its missionary effort.

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