The “Great Mosque of Brussels” near to the blasts that rocked Brussels and the EU Parliament was owned outright by the Saudis but gifted to Belgium, and designed to be an Islamic stronghold in Europe, in return for cheap oil... with a few very nasty strings attached.
It came with a 99 year lease and the Saudis were to have complete carte blanche of the operation of the mosque and all Imams were to be supplied by the Saudis who preached a hard line form of Sunni Shariah law known as Salafism, a form of Jihadist teaching involving the worst of all Sunni extreme principles.
Last summer brought a dark chapter of the mosque's history to light -- one that strongly contradicted the official version of mosque leaders who claimed, as they always do, that they were engaged in fostering peace and understanding among all peoples.
In April of 2012, the Saudi ambassador was informed that the Belgian Government had a serious problem with the teachings of mosque director, Khalid Alabri.
"His sermons were Salafist, anti-Israel and anti-West. The guiding principle was the teaching of Salafism above all else," said a witness who spoke with Belgian television station RTBF. “Alabri's sermons were so extreme that they even crossed the Belgians' generously drawn conditions”.
Alabri was quietly removed from his post. All too late for the citizens of cosmopolitan Brussels.
The Belgian Government has been at pains not to upset the House of Saud because of the financial benefit of cheap oil, so still the Saudi Imams are free to preach extremes of Jihad and Shariah law against the West.
While the Belgian Government has been reluctant to take on the Saudi landlords, the radical Muslims in Brussels have all the while been encouraged via The Great Mosque’s preachers to conduct the most radical of Islamic extremism against the West, similar to that witnessed recently in Brussels and Paris.
Belgian journalist and terrorism expert Claude Moniquet wrote that Belgium's particularly liberal interpretation of freedom of speech has led the State to be overly tolerant of radical teachings for decades.
The French language daily newspaper "Libération" quoted Islam expert Michel Privot of the European Network Against Racism: "Salafist sentiments are now solidly anchored in the minds of Muslims in the Belgian capital." The phenomenon, he says, can be traced back to Saudi Arabia's missionary zeal in Brussels. "Belgian authorities have been playing with fire for 30 years."
The House of Saud has accelerated its spread of extreme Wahaabism wherever it has been allowed to build mosques on foreign soil. It has had a financial hand in most mosques proposed, or mosques already operating, in Australia and Northern Pakistan where suicide bombers kill hundreds regularly.
The Taliban were educated and given scholarships in mosque/schools by the same Imams of the Great Mosque of Brussels and they spread over to Afghanistan with devastating results.
Saudi finance for foreign mosques is raised primarily through the halal certification scam which it boasts is a trillion dollar business and growing.
The Taliban's Pashtun “culture”, straddling Pakistan and Afghanistan was said to restore peace and security and enforce their own austere version of Sharia Islamic law, once in power.
Both countries support ISIS and Islamic punishments such as public executions of murderers and adulterers, amputations of those found guilty of theft and it forbids girls aged ten and over from going to school, replicating the Saudi’s own infamous Chop Chop Square on each Friday after prayers.
The Saudis, who manage and manipulate OPEC, have lately been softening up the West with low oil prices caused by overproduction designed to make US exploration uneconomic. It has been hugely successful. During this time the House of Saud has been contributing tens of millions to the Clinton Foundation in the same way that Julia Gillard did.
Inexplicably President Obama still claims the Saudis to be allies of the West and that Israel should not be trusted.
Each time we suffer the scourge of extreme Islamic Jihadism it’s difficult not to believe we thoroughly deserve it.
The Pickering Post Four-time Walkley Award winning political commentator and Churchill Fellow, has returned to the fray over concern that the integrity of news dissemination is continually being threatened by a partisan media.