by Randolph T. Holhut
Chief of AR Correspondent
June 12, 2011
DEFICIT REDUCTION: THE WRONG POLICY AT THE WRONG TIME
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla., June 7, 2011 -- Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu gave a speech on May 23 in Washington, D.C., in which he said, "I envision an Israel that can dedicate even more of its creative and scientific talents to help solve some of the great challenges of the day, foremost of which is finding a clean and affordable substitute for gasoline. And when we find that alternative, we will stop transferring hundreds of billions of dollars to radical regimes that support terror."
In my new novel, entitled "The H Factor," two students at Georgia Tech design a device which will separate hydrogen from water, convert it into energy, and eliminate fossil fuels. In fact, ExxonMobil has been working on such a device for several years, and independent inventors have already placed the so-called hydrogen-on-demand or HHO kits on an estimated 100,000 U.S. cars that save anywhere from 15 percent to 40 percent on gasoline (they work on diesel trucks, too).
Their goals are three-fold - improve the environment and reduce global warming, eliminate the dependence of the United States and its allies on foreign oil, and stop the revenues that oil produces to fund terrorism around the world.
Having lectured and researched international terrorism for many years, the latter goal of these students is something that I came across many times. Terrorism cannot exist without extreme amounts of money to support it, and the majority of that money comes from the oil producing countries in the Middle East, and one in particular: Saudi Arabia.
There was an interesting article in November 2007 in London's The Sunday Times in which the paper said "The desert kingdom supplies the cash and the killers," and declared that wealthy Saudis remain the chief financiers of worldwide terror networks.
Stuart Levey, the U.S. Treasury official in charge of tracking terror financing at that time, said, "If I could somehow snap my fingers and cut off the funding from one country, it would be Saudi Arabia."
The Bush Administration was afraid that pressure on the Saudis might lead the royal family to fail and be replaced by more dangerous extremists. It's hard to work out a solution, because the Saudis have been part of American policy for so many years; nevertheless, we buy a great deal of oil from them, which in turn is used against us.
In a way, this has carried over today to "our good friends" in Pakistan, who won't allow American troops to pursue the Taliban into their country and destroy their terrorists camps. Fortunately, the U.S. didn't consult the Pakistanis when U.S. Navy Seals took out Osama bin Laden.
At one time bin Laden, whose family prospered in the construction business in Saudi Arabia, was a favorite son of the regime. This changed during the Gulf War of 1991, when bin Laden turned on the royal family for helping the U.S. and demanded that the infidels leave their country.
Bin Laden showed that he could strike within the kingdom in 1996, when al-Qaeda attacked the Khobar Towers in Dhahran, killing 19 U.S. servicemen. This didn't seem to faze the Saudis, just so long as foreigners were the principal targets. Their complacency continued even after the 9/11 attacks that killed 3,000 Americans, of which 15 of the 19 hijackers were Saudis.
In 2003 and 2004, al-Qaeda mounted several attacks within Saudi Arabia and threatened to become an insurgency. Rachel Bronson, the author of "Thicker than Oil: America's Uneasy Partnership with Saudi Arabia," said, "They finally acknowledged at the highest levels that they had a problem."
Yet, the Saudis' conflicting attitude toward terrorism has not gone away. By way of their large "charitable" organizations, their largest being the International Islamic Relief Organization (IIRO), a percentage of their huge oil profits continue to flow out of the kingdom to terror groups globally.
In violation of their "roadmap" commitments to President George W. Bush, they were still underwriting 60 to 70 percent of the Hamas budget, according to Israeli Intelligence. Hamas emerged from the Gaza branch of the Muslim Brotherhood, a key Saudi ally, and is Israel's worst enemy. The September 11 Joint Intelligence Report by the U.S. Congress, and its disclosure of "incontrovertible evidence," also links the Saudis to the financing of al-Qaeda operatives in the United States.
One might ask, why would the Saudis support an organization that intended to harm them? Simply, they're letting al-Qaeda strike globally and pay them to leave the royal family alone. In English that's called "blackmail."
That arrangement prevents the West from coming to an agreement with the Islamic world based on tolerance and respect; furthermore, it appears that the Middle East is becoming even more radicalized, and the substitute will be a future of never-ending terrorist conflict.
What is needed is to stop the oil revenues of OPEC that fund terrorism around the world? This can be done in two ways: increase our own oil and natural gas production in fields that are untapped; or, develop alternative forms of energy to eliminate fossil fuels. My choice is the latter way, which can free us from being blackmailed indefinitely by the oil cartel.
In "The H Factor", a college science project alters the world's economy with life-threatening consequences for two college students who want to eliminate fossil fuels. Contact Len Indianer at www.leindianer.com for more information.