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Wednesday, December 03, 2003

Saudi Foxes and US Henhouses

The Wall Street Journal has a slightly alarming front-page story (registration required) about a Saudi-funded school, used by the Pentagon, to train Islamic religious advisers for our Muslim soldiers. Among the more incriminating facts:

The institute's published curriculum calls for studying "the ruinous effect" of Christian beliefs. Lecturers at the institute have included a cleric who congressional investigators say was a spiritual adviser to two of the Sept. 11 hijackers. And the Muslim-American activist who helped arrange for the institute to train Muslim lay leaders, Abdur Rahman Alamoudi, was indicted in October for taking from Libya money that prosecutors suspect was intended to finance terrorism.


What has gone unnoticed during this controversy is the role of the Institute of Islamic and Arabic Sciences in America in training the far-bigger network of Muslim lay leaders, who are in a position to influence the religious views of large numbers of U.S. soldiers. The institute, part of Saudi Arabia's state-run university system, is funded and controlled by the kingdom's Ministry of Higher Education.

Half a million lampposts...

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