The world has learned that Saudi Arabia and Wahhabism, the radical ideology freely preached in the Arab country, are to blame for the violent acts of extremism in the Middle East region and elsewhere, says an Iranian official.
Speaking on Thursday, Bahram Qassemi, the Iranian Foreign Ministry spokesman, said Saudi Arabia’s attempts to cover up its role in terrorism have failed.
“Despite Saudi Arabia’s constant attempts to hide such realities as [its] involvement in the world’s most horrific terrorist operation and child-killing in Yemen by using petrodollars, today, the world has well learned that the source of these scourges is the Saudi regime and the fake ideology of Wahhabism, which is the basis for the country’s political livelihood,” Qassemi said.
By “the world’s most horrific terrorist operation”, Qassemi was referring to the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks in the US, which were carried out by 19 individuals, 15 of whom were Saudi Arabian nationals and said to be linked to Saudi authorities. A total of 3,000 people were killed in the attacks.
The Iranian Foreign Ministry spokesman’s remarks came in reaction to Wednesday comments by Saudi Foreign Minister Adel al-Jubeir in the Chinese capital, where he accused Iran of backing the Houthi Ansarullah movement in Yemen.
Iranian and Yemeni officials have repeatedly rejected the accusation as baseless.
Saudi Arabia has been waging war on Yemen since March 2015 in an attempt to bring back to power Abd Rabbuh Mansur Hadi, a Saudi ally who has resigned as Yemen’s president. The Houthis and allied army units are fighting back the Saudi invaders and their mercenaries.
Judeir had also accused Iran of attempting to “smuggle explosives to Bahrain, Kuwait and Saudi Arabia.”
Qassemi said, “Saudi officials, who have gotten themselves bogged down in the bloody slough of terrorism and the killing of innocent children and women in Yemen, Syria, and Iraq with grave strategic mistakes, had better think of correcting their ways instead of… repeating hackneyed allegations against others.”
He said the fates of such “international seditionists” as slain Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein should serve as salutary lessons to the Saudi leaders.
Saudi Arabia is widely believed to be providing support for militant groups operating against legitimate governments in Syria and Iraq as well as for terrorists conducting sporadic attacks in Europe and the US.
Most groups radicalizing people in the West are believed to be directly affiliated with Wahhabism. It is the main ideological feature of Takfiri terrorist groups — particularly Daesh — which declare people of other faiths and beliefs as “infidels” and, based on “decrees” from Saudi “clerics,” rule that they should be killed.