Saudis Back Syria Rebels, Mindful of Past
Wall Street Journal | Lucien Zeigler | 8.15.12
Overcome by the suffering of civilians in warring Syria, a professor in Saudi Arabia’s capital strips off his watch on live television to give as aid.
A Saudi bride on her wedding night offers up her entire dowry of $13,000.
Parents bring their children to donation centers set up around the Saudi kingdom, watching proudly as their boys and girls slip riyal notes into the Syria pledge boxes.
In an unprecedented recent telethon and other fundraising effort launched by King Abdullah, Saudis during the Islamic holy month of Ramadan, which ends within days, has so far given $134 million in cash for Syria. Saudi state media show the country’s aid convoys rumbling into camps set up for Syrian refugees in countries bordering Syria.
…Saudi Arabia, the heart of Sunni Islam, is taking a lead in helping the predominantly Sunni Muslim opposition in Syria fight to overthrow the minority regime of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad. The kingdom also is openly supporting the arming of Syria’s rebels, though it hasn’t confirmed widespread news accounts that it is giving them money for arms.