Ed Driscoll

The Saudi Arabia Accountability Act of 2005

In The Weekly Standard, Stephen Schwartz writes:

ON TUESDAY, June 7, Sen. Arlen Specter took an action that may substantially improve the difficult–some might say despicable–state of U.S.-Saudi relations. Specter dropped the Saudi Arabia Accountability Act of 2005 into the hopper; the text was designated Senate bill 1171. Its cosponsors, so far, are Sens. Evan Bayh, Susan Collins, Tim Johnson, Patty Murray, Russ Feingold, and Ron Wyden.

The legislation is concise. The bill’s text stands as an indictment of Saudi Arabia, since it is mainly an inventory of evidence against the kingdom and the role of its rulers in enabling terrorism. S. 1171 summons the rulers of the Saudi kingdom to comply with United Nations resolution 1373, calling on states to refrain from supporting terrorism, to combat terrorism, and to deny safe haven to financiers and planners of terrorism. As the home of Wahhabism, the state cult and Islamist ideology underpinning al Qaeda and its allies, Saudi territory is a rich field of targets for serious counter-terrorism.

Sounds like a good idea for a bill to me. I wonder if Jerry Brown’s suggestion will eventually be taken up as well.