Sometimes the world is more absurd than fiction.
In its first ever “foreign joint terrorist designation,” the US State Department announced on May 19 that it had joined the extremist Wahhabi Saudi regime — which the US government internally admits is the world’s top supporter of Islamist terrorism — in designating Hezbollah leader Hashem Safieddine as a “terrorist.”
Hashem Safieddine (also transliterated as Hashim Safi al-Din) is essentially the second-in-command of Hezbollah, and was elected to succeed Hassan Nasrallah as secretary-general. He is a member of the shura council and the leader of the executive council.
Meanwhile, as the US is jointly designating Hezbollah leaders “terrorists” with its close ally Saudi Arabia, a 2014 email from former secretary of state Hillary Clinton acknowledged, citing US intelligence sources, that the Saudi monarchy (and Qatari regime) had supported the genocidal Salafi jihadist group ISIS.
— Ben Norton (@BenjaminNorton) May 10, 2017
Likewise, a 2009 State Department cable, signed by Hillary Clinton and released by WikiLeaks, openly admitted that “Saudi Arabia remains a critical financial support base for al-Qa’ida, the Taliban, LeT, and other terrorist groups,” and added that “donors in Saudi Arabia constitute the most significant source of funding to Sunni terrorist groups worldwide.”
2009 State Dept. cable, signed by Hillary Clinton, admitted Saudi regime was "critical financial support base for" violent extremist groups pic.twitter.com/llz8tSr2N9
— Ben Norton (@BenjaminNorton) May 19, 2017
Moreover, a 2013 EU Parliament report also noted that the US-backed Saudi absolute monarchy “has been a major source of financing to rebel and terrorist organisations since the 1970s.”
Unlike Hezbollah, which does not target civilians in its attacks and does not engage in takfiri rhetoric, the Salafi jihadist militias backed by Saudi Arabia and other US allies — including ISIS, al-Qaeda, and more — regularly intentionally target and massacre civilians, and have a genocidal ideology that sees Shia Muslims and other religious minorities as subhuman.
But, as Noam Chomsky has often noted, an even cursory look at the history of American foreign policy demonstrates that “the U.S. is the world’s leading terrorist state, and proud of it,” so it makes sense that it would team up with the world’s leading supporter of Islamist extremists.
After President Donald Trump’s lavish welcome in Saudi Arabia on May 20 — where the far-right anti-Muslim bigot agreed to a $110 billion arms deal (as part of a $350 billion Saudi investment package) and was invited to give a speech on Islam, written by a virulent Islamophobe, at a summit featuring dozens of leaders of Muslim-majority countries — Hashem Safieddine released a statement condemning the US government.
“America’s contempt and blockading that targets our region, countries and communities are proof that it is much weaker than it was in past decades, especially since Trump continues to lead,” Safieddine said, according to a translation by Reuters.
“This mentally impeded, crazy U.S. administration headed by Trump will not be able (to harm) the resistance (Hezbollah) and will achieve nothing more than further media clamor,” he added. Safieddine noted that Hezbollah would have “stronger resolve than before.”