Saudi Arabia Spends 32 Times the Vatican Budget to Spread Islam
PARIS — In his new book, entitled Dr. Saudi and Mr. Jihad, Pierre Conesa, French history professor and civil servant, reveals that Saudi Arabia spends the equivalent of 8 billion Euro annually on the propagation and support of Islam, 32 times the annual budget of the Vatican.
The Vatican’s annual budget for 2015, in comparison, was 245 million Euro. The single largest budget item for the Vatican is the salaries of its employees in Vatican City, of whom, in 2015, there were 2,880 and for whom the total expenditure was 126.6 million Euro. The Vatican budget report is online in PDF format for the 2015 and 2014 periods.
In his book, Prof. Conesa details the relationship between the House of Saud and the family of Al ash-Sheikh. Just as Dr. Jekyll’s professional facade shields and funds Mr. Hyde’s activities in R.L. Stevenson’s famous novel, the secular, administrative House of Saud is used by the radical fundamentalist Al ash-Sheikh as a cover and a source of funding. Each time the House of Saud must make a concession to the West, Mr. Conesa says, they must also cede some power to the radical family who stand behind the throne in order to preserve their position.
‘The Saudis provided the largest contingent of foreign fighters, 5,000 men, in the war against the Soviets in Afghanistan; 15 of the 19 terrorists of 9/11; 115 of the 611 Guantanamo prisoners’, Mr. Conesa said. ‘Today the Saudis are abroad with the Islamic State group fighting in Syria and Iraq: 2,500 people. Saudi Arabia also propagated for decades, the most sectarian, misogynist, homophobic, racist, anti-Semitic version of Islam: Wahhabism.’