A recent study published by the Brookings Institution reviewed Twitter data from all over the world to track down the locations that had the most support for the terrorist group ISIS. Using a test sample of 20,000 accounts from each country, the study found that Saudi Arabia actually had the most pro-ISIS accounts, and by a fairly steep margin as well. Syria followed in 2nd with a significantly less number than Saudi Arabia, then followed by Iraq. Surprisingly, the United States is actually in fourth place, with a larger support base than most people would expect.
These numbers from Twitter showed how many supporters had through social networking, but this does not mean that every supporter is a fighter. However, Saudi Arabia is close to the top of that list as well. Recent studies from the International Centre for the Study of Radicalisation and Political Violence have actually looked into where ISIS fighters were coming from, and once again they found that large numbers of terrorists were coming from Saudi Arabia. According to the study, between 2,000-2,500 people out of every million in Saudi Arabia are suspected ISIS fighters.
Saudi Arabia has acted as a safe haven for ISIS in the middle east, because of the fact that they are the US government’s closest ally in the region.
The Saudi government has essentially been a puppet dictatorship for the US for many years, so despite their terrible human rights record and their history of fostering terrorism, the US military has no real motive to invade the country, since the government there is already cooperative with them and their interests. Instead, the US military chooses to focus on the other countries in the middle east, where the governments are less cooperative, despite the fact that Saudi Arabia is considerably more authoritarian and is more closely associated with terrorist groups.
It is also important to point out that a majority of the alleged hijackers on 9/11/2001 were Saudi Arabian, although the blame was later pinned on Iraq and Afghanistan.
The military conquests in the middle east have nothing to do with liberating populations from tyrants, or fighting terrorism in areas where it is protected, and the example of Saudi Arabia is proof of this fact.
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