ksa-danger-jun16Donald Trump continues on his tirade about the dangers Mexico poses to the United States while completely oblivious or ignorant to the real threat to the homeland. The problem is not so much the political rhetoric but rather that the danger continues to exist while the politics keeps it all hushed up. Today, I am writing about the threat from Saudi Arabia. It’s not a potential threat, but an ongoing threat that no one wants to talk about.

As I have demonstrated conclusively, none of the 9/11 hijackers entered from Mexico. Of about 100 recent domestic terrorist cases that I studied, only two entered through Mexico. Of the 94 terrorist cases, only four were undocumented immigrants. In other words, the vast majority of terrorists who have been tried in US courts for domestic terrorism are either US citizens or legal immigrants that came into the United States through borders, other than the US/Mexico border.

However, here is an important fact that is inconvenient for the political rhetoric. Of the 19 9/11 terrorists, 15 of them were Saudi nationals. Almost 80% of the 9/11 terrorists were from Saudi Arabia. This is a fact that is often ignored because it comes down to money.

During the various oil embargoes and economic crises caused by oil price fluctuations, there has always been one country that supplied oil to the United States and has never been a member of OPEC. That is Mexico. For all intents and purposes, OPEC is an oil price-fixing cartel with the single purpose artificially increasing the price of oil for the benefit of the cartel members. Among the membership has always been Saudi Arabia, along with Iran, Iraq and Libya; countries that have threaten US citizens across the globe. Venezuela, who is an unstable South American country intent on damaging the United States, is also a member of OPEC.

Since a 2002 9/11 commission report, the Joint Inquiry into Intelligence Community Activities Before and After the Terrorist Attacks of September 11, 2001, was released, 28 pages have been withheld. There has been a movement, led by 9/11 survivors who want to sue the Saudi government, to force the US government to release the classified pages. Except for a very select group of government officials, no one really knows what is the in the 28 pages. Depending on who you believe, the classified 28 pages either exonerates the Saudi government or proves their complicity.

CIA chief, John Brennan, says that the classified pages clears Saudi Arabia of “any responsibility.” Former senator, Bob Graham, who headed the Senate intelligence committee that produced the report, has stated that the missing pages show that the Saudi government provided assistance to the 9/11 hijackers.

The truth is likely somewhere in between, as evidenced by the classified nature of the pages. Both sides, with knowledge of their contents, agree that they report on Saudi involvement. One side argues that the pages absolve the Saudi’s of involvement, while the other argues that it proves the involvement. Likely, when the pages are made public, they will show that the Saudi Arabian government, either knew about the plot and did nothing, or actually participated in it. It is unlikely that the missing pages are flattering to the Saudis.

Donald Trump has argued that Saudi Arabia is not a friend to the US. Trump has also demanded that Muslim immigrants be prohibited, however he has since back down on a complete ban on Muslims. However, none of that has kept Donald Trump from doing business with the Saudi Arabia. Donald Trump, not only has been doing business with Saudi Arabia, but is currently involved in a hotel project in Jeddah.

Hillary Clinton, for her part, or better yet, the Clinton Foundation has accepted at least $25 million in donations from Saudi Arabia. There is no question that Hillary Clinton benefits from the foundation. Remember that foreign campaign donations are illegal, but nothing stops private foundations from accepting them. As you can see, Hillary Clinton has no problem with Saudi Arabia, especially when it comes to their money.

Through all of this, the Saudi Arabian official policy has been to pretend to be friendly in support of US ideals. Yet, the Saudi government has no problem keeping women from driving on the roads or publicly beheading criminals. Worse yet, the Saudi government, as a matter of policy, has systematically worked against the economic interests of the US through OPEC and as a source of terrorism. But, they buy good will through donations to Clinton and business opportunities for Donald Trump.

Maybe therein in lies the solution to the Mexican problem. Rather than rely on the facts to lead the way, the Mexican government should, instead, begin to fund US political candidates. If facts, aren’t working, then maybe it’s time to start buying Mexican goodwill by funding US political candidates.

Martin Paredes

Martín Paredes is a Mexican immigrant who built his business on the U.S.-Mexican border. As an immigrant, Martín brings the perspective of someone who sees México as a native through the experience...

2 replies on “While Donald Trump is Building Walls the Real Threat Continues”

  1. It wouldn’t surprise me to learn that Mexico IS contributing power brokers in the U.S.

    Mexico as a nation is no threat to the U.S. The threat is the lack of an immigration policy. As far as Mexico is concerned anyone is allowed to travel through so long as they grease some palms and are not staying. So why does Mexico maintain a wall on its southern border? What better way to extract money from travelers and criminal activity. You pay, you pass. Now why is there border enforcement on the U.S./Mexico border ? Kill the cash cow ?! Everyone knows cash sent home is part of the Mexican economy. Also a nice cut from criminal activity. Eliminates need the need to care of its people. No education, jobs or social programs. That provides a nice piece of change for the rich.

    So I suppose the theory is the U.S. has more to fear from the inside ? Wouldn’t doubt it, no one knows who is really in the groups of refugees. Our youth are easily manipulated because anything that is different and rebellious is appealing. Z suits, jitter bug, rock n roll, free this and that, the establishment. I’m sure some are true believers of radical Islam. We offer nothing in guidance, leadership, religion, values, responsibility.

    I also suppose why lock the front door when the back door is open and the kids are enjoying a Ferris Bueller lifestyle? We have to start somewhere and right now the biggest problem is unknowns walking, not sneaking, across the border. Venuelza is mentioned as an unfriendly country. There are others and there’s easy access to the U.S. via Mexico.

    Our economy is in shambles, massive unemployment, high taxes. We can’t afford to continue to save the world without more problems to the U.S. Other countries need to do their part by meeting responsibilities to their people and eliminate the need to flee or leave. Not likely to happen but we are busting at the seams. Every tenth person has a special grievance and demands accommodation.

    We are no longer a united nation, we are land with no concept of why even animals have semblance of order and the need to survive by staying together. No one cares about working together, only what’s best for me ! Anything is legal and if not who gives a damn.

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