SAUDI ARABIA - Taliban Asked to Protect Islamic Principles

Arno Froese

Saudi Arabia urged Taliban insurgents who seized Afghanistan’s capital Kabul, completing a sweep across the country, to preserve lives, property and security as stipulated by “Islamic principles.”

“Based on the noble principles of Islam..., the kingdom of Saudi Arabia hopes that the Taliban movement and all Afghan parties will work to preserve security, stability, lives and property.”

Fellow Gulf state Qatar said it was seeking a peaceful transition in Afghanistan and was doing its utmost to help efforts to evacuate diplomats and foreign staff in international organizations from the country.

Doha has hosted a Taliban office since 2013 for peace talks and has played a central role in trying to reach a political settlement in Afghanistan with the withdrawal of U.S. troops.

Bahrain, current chair of the six-nation Gulf Cooperation Council, said it would initiate consultations with fellow Gulf Arab states regarding the situation in Afghanistan, state media reported.

-www.reuters.com, 16 August 2021

Arno's Commentary

It was December of 1979 when the Soviet Union invaded Afghanistan. They left defeated on 15 February 1989. Later in 2001, the United States and its allies invaded Afghanistan again, but the result was expected: after 20 years of war, the US and its allies hastily withdrew their military forces ahead of the approaching, victorious Taliban.

Who are the Taliban? The word simply means “disciples” or “students.” What is their aim? Wikipedia has this to say:

A primary focus in the Taliban’s media message is the history of wars between Christians and Muslims. The Taliban emphasize spiritual and cultural differences between the West and the East, the idea of the clash of civilizations, denounce the West as oppressive against Islam, call the War on Terror a War against Islam, and condemn the international forces as “occupiers and invaders.” They portray the government of Afghanistan as its puppet, and the reconstruction works as “efforts of Christianizing Afghanistan,” by using civilian casualties of air strikes and using media reports of prisoners’ abuses and mistreatment in their favor. The Taliban have said they aim to restore peace and security to Afghanistan, including Western troops leaving, and to enforce their own version of Sharia, or Islamic law, once in power.

For the neutral observer, it is quite interesting that Saudi Arabia also has a bad report card when it comes to human rights; in particular, the oppressive laws against women. Yet no politician ever dared to use military force against Saudi Arabia. Why not? One word: money. 

A Google search tells us: “The kingdom’s sovereign wealth fund invested $12.8 billion in US equities as of the fourth quarter of last year. As of December 2020, Saudi Arabia was the 14th largest holder of US treasury, holding $136.4 billion worth.”

2021
• Saudi Arabian Military Industries (SAMI) signed an agreement to set up a joint venture with U.S. firm Lockheed Martin to enhance the kingdom’s defense and manufacturing capabilities.

• Warner Music Group said it invested in Rotana Music, the Middle East’s largest record label owned by Saudi Arabia’s billionaire Prince Alwaleed bin Talal. 

-www.reuters.com, 4 March 2021

Here we clearly see it’s not about capitalism, communism, or socialism, but the key word is money. The love of money is the root of all evil. We have different opinions regarding the development in that part of the world, but it is difficult to deny that Saudi Arabia is one of the most oppressive countries when it comes to religious freedom. Is it illegal to own a Bible in Saudi Arabia? A Google search provides the answer: “proselyting by non-Muslims, including the distribution of non-Muslim religious material such as Bibles is illegal.” Money talks; truth is silenced.

Arno Froese is the executive director of Midnight Call Ministries and editor-in-chief of the acclaimed prophetic magazines Midnight Call and News From Israel. He has authored a number of well-received books, and has sponsored many prophecy conferences in the U.S., Canada, and Israel. His extensive travels have contributed to his keen insight into Bible prophecy, as he sees it from an international perspective.

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