Trump singles out Iran as spreading “destruction and chaos” throughout the Middle East
President Trump told 55 world leaders from Arab and other Muslim nations on Sunday to eradicate terrorists from every corner of their lives – including mosques – in a zero-tolerance approach that echoed his 2016 campaign message.
“Drive them out!” he said in a forceful speech in the luxurious King Abdulaziz Conference Center in Riyadh. “Drive them out of your places of worship. Drive them out of your communities. Drive them out of your holy lands, and drive them out of this earth.”
The fight against terrorism is “a battle between good and evil, not between different faiths, different sects, or different civilizations,” the president said.
First Lady Melania and First Daughter Ivanka listen as Trump delivers his speech.
If the world doesn’t unite to fight ISIS, al-Qaeda, Hezbollah, Hamas and other groups, “not only will we be judged by our people, not only will we be judged by history, we will be judged by God,” he said.
“Religious leaders must make this absolutely clear: Barbarism will deliver you no glory – piety to evil will bring you no dignity.”
Trump singled out Iran, saying the Islamic republican is spreading “destruction and chaos” throughout the Middle East by giving terrorists “safe harbor, financial backing and the social standing needed for recruitment.”
Saudi King Salman bin Abdulaziz al-Saud agreed that “the Iranian regime has been the spearhead of global terrorism.”
Trump urged Muslim-majority countries to take the lead in combating Islamic radicalization.
“If you choose the path of terror, your life will be empty, your life will be brief, and your soul will be fully condemned. With God’s help this summit will mark the beginning of the end for those who practice terror and spread its vile creed. Terrorists do not worship God. They worship death.”
Trump (center-left), Saudi Arabia’s King Salman bin Abdulaziz al-Saud (center-right), Jordan’s King Abdullah II, Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi and other officials at the Arabic Islamic American Summit at the King Abdulaziz Conference Center in Riyadh.
9/11 — THE SAUDI CONNECTION:
The Saudis have long been suspected of providing the financing and safe harbor required to pull off the 9/11 terror attacks that hit New York and Washington.
The attacks killed nearly 3,000 people.
Fifteen of the nineteen 9/11 hijackers were Saudis, and three had histories of employment with the oil-rich kingdom.
At the time of the attacks in 2001, Saudi Arabia funded Muslim radicalism in mosques and charities, according to a batch of 28 recently declassified pages from the U.S. 9/11 Commission’s official report.
Families of 800 victims and 1,500 first responders sued Saudi Arabia, alleging that officials of Saudi embassies helped hijackers Salem Al-Hazmi and Khalid Al-Mihdhar for more than a year before they put their plan into action.
The officials allegedly helped them learn English and obtain credit cards and cash, and taught them how to blend in with American culture. Officials at the Saudi embassy in Germany also reportedly supported the lead hijacker Mohamed Atta. — Daily Mail
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