Bernard Lewis on Wahhabism

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“Imagine if the Ku Klux Klan or Aryan Nation obtained total control of Texas and had at its disposal all the oil revenues, and used this money to establish a network of well-endowed schools and colleges all over Christendom peddling their particular brand of Christianity. This is what the Saudis have done with Wahhabism. The oil money has enabled them to spread this fanatical, destructive form of Islam all over the Muslim world and among Muslims in the west. Without oil and the creation of the Saudi kingdom, Wahhabism would have remained a lunatic fringe in a marginal country.”
Bernard Lewis

See also Lawrence of Arabia on Wahhabism.

Ukrainian kleptocracy

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Ukrainian kleptocracy

During a meeting a few months ago in Kiev, a Ukrainian colleague who does a great deal of business with the People’s Republic of China (PRC) told me, “the Chinese like doing deals with Ukraine. It has a corrupt, criminal government compounded with fantastic levels of corruption and the ability at will to brutally and mercilessly bring the full power of the secret services and riot police down on the population. This is just like PRC—and very similar to the African nations that the Chinese are used to dealing with.”