The greatest Briton, Winston Churchill, was content in supporting and arming Ibn Saud and his followers so long as they worked in the interest of Britain. He would write in later years that his “admiration for him [Ibn Saud] was deep, because of his unfailing loyalty to us.”

Churchill was completely aware of what he called their “intolerance” and “bloodthirstiness”. In a speech to the House of Commons in 1921 he stated that Ibn Saud’s followers “hold it as an article of duty, as well as of faith, to kill all who do not share their opinions and to make slaves of their wives and children. Women have been put to death in Wahhabi villages for simply appearing in the streets… [they are] austere, intolerant, well-armed and bloodthirsty”.

Just like Zionism, Wahhabism was facilitated by Britain in establishing itself in the ‘Middle East’. And the British continue to use both for their own ends.

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