2013 December 18 Wednesday
Saudi Money And Salafists In Middle East

Says an NY Times article blurb: Hundreds of young Tunisians may have been radicalized by Salafist mosques and trained to fight in Syria.

Hey, which Middle Eastern country funds the spread of Salafist Islam? How Saudi petrodollars fuel rise of Salafism and Insight: Saudi Arabia boosts Salafist rivals to al Qaeda in Syria.

Saudi Arabia is for militant Islamists who fight for the Saudi interpretation of Islam while the Saudis oppose militant Islamists who fight for other interpretations of Islam.

Can we stop treating the Saudis as allies?

Share |      By Randall Parker at 2013 December 18 10:20 PM 

destructure said at December 19, 2013 6:03 AM:

Can we stop treating the Saudis as allies?

Not until the oil reforms that Mexico just passed take effect. That will help make North America the second largest oil producer behind Saudi Arabia. So we want need the Saudis any more. However, Mexico will have us by the short hairs. Good luck getting anything done on immigration then.

destructure said at December 19, 2013 6:56 PM:

This is kind of off-topic but ties in with my last comment on oil. A while back, there was a debate on electric vehicles. A couple of people swore up and down that EV's were more economical than gas and poised to take over. I said they were saying that 20 years ago and will still be saying it in another 20 years. They argued and argued and told me how they had run the numbers. Unfortunately, when people allow ideology to cloud their reasoning they end up distorting the numbers to support their beliefs.


The Energy Department is predicting gasoline-powered vehicles will continue to dominate the market through 2040.

The agency predicts that in 2040, 78 percent of all cars and trucks will run on gasoline, down from 82 percent last year. It predicts a big upswing in micro-hybrids and other advanced fuel technologies to 42 percent of all vehicles by 2040. EIA predicts full hybrids will account for 5 percent of vehicles in 2040 up from 3 percent today. Diesel vehicles will double to 4 percent from the current 2 percent.

It predicts just 1 percent of total sales will be plug-in hybrids and 1 percent full electric vehicles in 2040.

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