The suppression of the 28 pages on foreign (i.e., Saudi) involvement in the final report of the Congressional Joint Inquiry on 9/11, is highlighted in a review of Patrick Cockburn’s new book The Jihadis Return: Isis and the New Sunni Uprising published in the August 28 edition of the Britain’s Independent daily. Cockburn is the Independent‘s Middle East correspondent.
It is significant that the review, by Edward Wilson, led with the section of Cockburn’s book dealing with the 28 pages, a relatively small section of the book. The review begins:
“While the mainstream media trumpet moral outrage and airstrikes, Patrick Cockburn deftly unveils the elephants in the room. At the heart of Western failure since 9/11 is Washington’s craven unwillingness to confront the political and financial might of Saudi Arabia.
“Not a subject Washington wants to talk about: 28 pages of the 9/11 Commission Report dealing with Saudi Arabia were cut and never published.”
Reviewer Wilson goes on to assert that the most significant funding of Jihadi groups, from the Saudis, only came to light because of a WikiLeaks-disclosed cable by Hillary Clinton, complaining “that donors in Saudi Arabia constituted the most significant source of funding to Sunni terrorist groups.” Wilson then notes that Cockburn points to another twist: “Jihadist social media is now openly attacking the Saudi royal family,” and Wilson asks: “Is it too late for the Saudi rulers to rein in a jihad of their own making?”
Better instead, to expose the perfidious Saudi role in 9/11 by declassifying the 28 pages, and let the chips fall where they may.