LISTEN NOW! (Or WATCH FULL PROGRAM!) [Part 1 of 2] We continue the coverage of President Trump’s first International trip and his first stop in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. As we have been discussing his speech in the heart of Islam, in the Middle East, as well as his actions to have Saudi Arabia invest more than $500 Billion in America’s economy, we are seeing President Trump express himself as quite the statesman. When we see President Trump’s bold actions in the Middle East, some may wonder why our relationship with Saudi Arabia was not utilized during the last eight years of the Obama Administration. When Prince Faisal, advisor the Saudi Prince, spoke with Fox News, he addressed this very topic.
“Saudi Arabia has always been keen in playing its role in the region and in partnership with the U.S. so I think we are more than ready to cooperate with the United States on countering ISIS in Syria, in Iraq, across the region.” As the Prince continues, he elaborates on just how detailed Saudi Arabia is committed to partnering with the United States. “Not just financially, but the Saudi government offered, in the Obama Administration’s time, to send its troops into Syria to fight ISIS. That was not met with enthusiasm by the Obama Administration.” He continues to elaborate how their willingness has not changed now that there is new leadership in charge. “I think that offer remains on the table, and I’m sure we’re more, with the Saudi Government, is more than ready to support the U.S. in eradicating ISIS. But, as I said, not just financially, but actually with its own troops and with its own people.” This is such a vital reality that is important to understand. What we are realizing is that many of the statements that were made over the last eight years were simply lies.
It’s important to understand the role that Saudi Arabia plays in the Middle East as an ally with the United States. Some may not know that there are two totally different sects within the religion of Islam. For example, Saudi Arabia is made up of mainly Sunni Muslims, while Iran is comprised of Shia Muslims. The relationship between these two nations can be described as rocky, at best. NowThis elaborates more on the differences of beliefs between the two sects and the relationship between the two nations. “Despite both countries being predominately Muslim, each has a different and opposing Islamic sect as the religious majority. In short, the Saudi’s follow Wahhabism, an ultra-conservative sect of the Sunni faith, while the Iranians are mostly “Twelvers” of the Shia faith.” NowThis continues to elaborate more on the details of Islam throughout the world and the stark differences. “Most of the world’s Muslims identify as Sunni and nearly half of the world’s Shiite’s live in Iran.” As Iran underwent a stark change in the 1970’s, they vehemently voiced anti-American rhetoric and condemned Saudi Arabia’s relationship with America as an ally. Looking more closely at recent events, Iran stood in support of Syria’s leadership by Bashar-al Assad, which further highlighted how far apart their relationship with Saudi Arabia had grown.
As we understand this paradigm, and the differences of the beliefs within Saudi Arabia and Iran, we can now see how President Trump’s visit to Saudi Arabia to speak to more than 50 Arab and Muslim nations, calling on the aggregate fight to eradicate Radical Islam, was so strategic and bold. “Every country in the region has an absolute duty to ensure that terrorists find no sanctuary on their soil.” President Trump understands that the ability of terrorists to operate throughout the world comes from their depth of funding that allows their operations throughout the region and the world to take place. The President continues, “As we deny terrorist organizations control of territory and populations, we must also strip them of their access to funds. We must cut off the financial channels that let ISIS sell oil, let extremists pay their fighters, and help terrorists muggle their reinforcements.” Because of the President’s visit to Saudi Arabia and the strong partnership between our two nations, the President signed an agreement called the New Terrorist Financing Targeting Center.
The President continues to express how the fight against Radical Islam is not simply a war that America will fight, but when the region understands they must come together, only then can there be success. “…it means standing together against the murder of innocent Muslims, the oppression of women, the persecution of Jews, and the slaughter of Christians.” He leaves no room for interpretation and he speaks with clarity as to how Radical Islam must be addressed. “Religious leaders must make this absolutely clear: Barbarism will deliver you no glory – piety to evil will bring you no dignity. If you choose the path of terror, your life will be empty, your life will be brief, and YOUR SOUL WILL CONDEMENDED.” He continues this thought with this revealing truth: “Heroes don’t kill innocents; they save them.” It is beautiful to see the President being bold in front of an audience of 50 Arab and Muslim nations. How many Christians are not saying this truth?
As the President continues this historic speech, he continues to cast vision and hope for Saudi Arabia as he understands this is not a short-term goal, but one of long term vision. “Saudi Arabia’s vision for 2030 is an important and encouraging state of tolerance, respect, empowering women, and economic development.” It is so important to recognize that we have a President that understands that the empowerment of other nations is so vital. The President continues, “That means promoting the aspirations and dreams of all citizens who seek a better life – including women, children, and followers of all faiths…We must practice tolerance and respect for each other once again-and make this region a place where every man and woman, no matter their faith or ethnicity, can enjoy a life of dignity and hope. Not only were these beliefs boldly declared through the words of the President, but it was also demonstrated as the First Lady and Ivanka Trump accompanied the President without any coverings, as is customary for women in this region of the world.
As the President underscores the urgency for human rights for all human beings, he also makes sure to understand that regimes like Iran cannot be sympathized with. “From Lebanon to Iraq to Yemen, Iran funds arms and trains terrorists, militias, and other extremist groups that spread destruction and chaos across the region. For decades, Iran has fueled the fires of sectarian conflict and terror.” The President doesn’t shy away from addressing Iran’s true actions that have been carried out in their relationship with Syria. “Among Iran’s most tragic and destabilizing interventions, have been in Syria. Bolstered by Iran, Assad has committed unspeakable crimes, and the United States has taken firm action in response to the use of banned chemical weapons by the Assad Regime – launching 59 tomahawk missiles at the Syrian air base from where that murderous attack originated.” Think about the bold difference of actions that the President is taking when compared to the previous President over the last eight years. It seemed as if the previous President was supporting Iran. It’s important to remember that Iran is a state sponsor of terrorism. But, God has intervened with mercy.
This is such an important and vital moment in history, in the Middle East, in America, and in the fight against terrorism from Radical Islam. When we understand the role that Saudi Arabia plays as an ally of the U.S., we can now see just how strategic and impactful it was for the President to make this trip and declare these bold words to more than 50 Arab and Muslim Nations. See the full report to hear both parts of this exciting speech, and so much more. Also, shared in this segment: Radical Islam, The Middle East, Saudi Arabia, Fox News, Bret Baier, Saudi Prince, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, The White House, The Trump Administration, President Donald Trump, Secret Service, narratives, oil prices, Cairo University speech, The Apology Tour, The Obama Administration, religion, radicalization, terrorism, Shiite Muslims, Sunni Muslims, San Bernardino, 9/11 Terrorist Attack, and The Arab Islamic – American Summit. Greg and John shared in this segment.
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