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Saudi-Arabias wahabisme har en utbredelse som er helt disproporasjonal, landets lukkethet og undertrykkelse tatt i betraktning. At den strenge ørkenreligionen til Mohamed ibn Abd al-Wahhab Wahhab skulle nå verdensutbredelse er ikke til å fatte. Men svaret er petrodollar og en bevisst satsing på gaver med betingelser.

Independents Johann Hari analyserer fenomenet og bemerker som Thomas L. Friedman har gjort flere ganger at det er Vesten som finansierer wahabismen hver gang vi tanker bilen.

Budskapet som spres i skolene og moskeene Saudi-Arabia finansierer, snakker man helst ikke om. Det er dårlig tone.

By paying for thousands of schools, mosques and trained imams, they dispersed the ideas of one reactionary little preacher to every continent. It has been a corporate strategy that leaves Ronald McDonald looking like a puffing, obese slouch. Slowly, steadily, they are succeeding in eroding other, gentler forms of Islam. They are globalising Wahhabism – and your petrol purchases are paying for it.

Which brings us to the swish, swanky classrooms of the King Fahd Academy in west London, in the year 2007. A Muslim teacher called Colin Cook has revealed that children there are taught, via Saudi textbooks, that Jews are «repugnant» and Christians are «pigs». Exercises for five-year olds include the charming exercise, «Mention some repugnant characteristics of Jews». Cook repeatedly heard children in the playground idolising Bin Laden. Challenged on Newsnight about whether she will stop using these racist books, the headteacher, Sumaya Alyusuf, said, «No… I cannot withdraw them. There are good chapters in the books.»

Why are we surprised? The King Fahd Academy is not a freak. It is part of a deliberate globalised project, led by the House of Saud, that has been documented a hundred times. Azzedine Gaci, the head of the regional Muslim council, in Lyon, France, explains: «When Saudi Arabia gives you €1m with one hand, with the other they give you a list of what you must say or not say.» Here’s some of the things you can say, taken from standard-issue Saudi textbooks. For 10-year-olds: «The whole world should convert to Islam and leave its false religions lest their fate will be hell.» For 12-year-olds: «There is a Jew behind me – come and kill him!»

And what can’t you say? Anything about freedom for women, which is, the textbooks explain, «a continuation of the Crusades». A woman can only be taught to «enable her to be a successful housewife, an exemplary wife and a good mother». No need for maths or technology, shabibi, there’s the kitchen. They are banned from any form of physical education, because it would be «obscene» for them to change their clothes outside the home. Besides, «they might become attracted to each other if they saw each other in leotards», in which case they would have to be killed.

These textbooks are not only being used in Riyadh and a few scattered outposts; let’s look at two very different countries. In Sweden, almost every Islamic school is either funded by the Saudis or seeking out their cash, according to the investigative programme Kaliber. In Pakistan, there were 246 madrassas at the time of independence, in 1945. Today, there are 6,607 – the majority using these Saudi textbooks provided for nada. Every time you fill up with a fresh tank of petrol, you are helping to buy some more.

Hari påpeker noe viktig. Ikke bare erobrer wahabittene ny mark og øker sin «markedsandel». De ungene som er opplært i deres versjon av islam vil vanskelig kunne åpne seg for en mer moderat form senere. Dette er en enveiskjørt gate.

Det Hari etterlyser er litt mer rasjonell analyse: NATO strides om hvor mange soldater som skal sendes til det sørlige Afghanistan. Hvor kommer Taliban-soldatene fra? De rekrutteres fra madrassaene i Pakistan, som er finansiert av Saudi-Arabia. Vi møter oss selv i døren, og inntil vi er villig til å konfrontere disse sammenhengene er vi dømt til å vakle videre fra tvil til tvil. Det kan nettopp virke som om det er «opplysning» vi frykter mest av alt, for da blir valgene klare. Oppgavene er store og vanskelige, men å utsette og tro ting ordner seg av seg selv er den sikreste oppskriften på nederlag.

It’s another ironic victory for globalisation: democrats in London are paying for fanatics in Arabia to indoctrinate children in Pakistan, and a thousand other places, and – yes – right back at us, at the end of the District line.

The District Line er subwayruten som ble bombet. Det har vi ennå ikke opplevd og vi later som om vi heller ikke vil bli det.

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