“Mecca is a segregated city that has the death penalty for non-muslims. Saudi Arabia is an Islamic supremacist nation, non-muslims are second class citizens.”
Saudi Arabia also has some of the closest ties to the American Government and one of OBLs original reasons for hating the US was our military bases in Saudi Arabia.
Meanwhile Carter allowed the secular government of Iran to get taken over by todays tyrants! What is going on with our middle eastern policy! Now Joebiden wants to split up Iraq and let civil war run wild, who do you think they’ll blame for that??
The Grand Mosque Seizure on November 20, 1979, was an armed attack and takeover by armed Islamic fundamentalist dissidents of the Al-Masjid al-Haram in Mecca, Saudi Arabia, the holiest place in Islam. The insurgents declared that the Mahdi, or redeemer of Islam, had arrived in the form of one of the insurgents’ leaders, Abdullah Hamid Mohammed Al-Qahtani and called on Muslims to obey him.
The seizure shook the Islamic world as hundreds of pilgrims present for the annual hajj were taken hostage, and hundreds of militants, security forces and hostages caught in crossfire were killed in the ensuing battles for control of the site. The siege ended two weeks after the takeover began with militants cleared from the mosque.
The Bin Laden family and business resources were allegedly involved in this conflict. Dr. Daly, an adjunct scholar at Washington’s Middle East Institute and author of Jane’s Intelligence Review, says, “It has been reported that one of Osama’s half brothers was arrested as a sympathizer of the takeover but was later exonerated.”
Another explanation for Mahrous’s involvement might be that he is a double agent.
The insurgents were anti-Western and included in their demands, broadcast from the mosque loudspeakers, the cutoff of oil exports to the United States and expulsion of all foreign civilian and military experts from the Arabian peninsula. Nonetheless, in Iran, Ayatollah Khomeini told radio listeners, “It is not beyond guessing that this is the work of criminal American imperialism and international Zionism.”
Perhaps the most disturbing development to come out of the 1979 takeover of the Grand Mosque was the eventual revelation of prime organizer al-Utaibi’s connection to the Saudi Arabian National Guard.
The rebels’ leader, Juhayman, was captured, and he and 67 of his fellow rebels”all the surviving males”were tried secretly, convicted and publicly beheaded in the squares of four Saudi cities.
I don’t see it addressed in this:
But I’ve read that the Saudis got into funding Wahabism abroad to keep the radicals at home from ousting the Saudi royal family. Specifically as an action after they seized the mosque in Mecca.