Many of us here have been pointing out that Saudi Arabia is not very different from the Islamic State (or Daesh). And, that the former appears to be clandestinely supporting the latter. This aspect of reality is studiously ignored in the West, and indeed throughout much of the world. Probably because of the Saudis' financial clout and their oil supplies, and the West's long-standing alliance with them.
It therefore comes as a breath of fresh air when a major media publication in the West, the New York Times no less, publishes a piece that bluntly tells the truth about the Saudi state (even though, perhaps not surprisingly, it had to go as far afield as an Algerian journal to import a column from there!).
The author, Kamel Daoud, starts his piece with this direct statement: Black Daesh, white Daesh. The former slits throats, kills, stones, cuts off hands, destroys humanity’s common heritage and despises archaeology, women and non-Muslims. The latter is better dressed and neater but does the same things. The Islamic State; Saudi Arabia.
He concludes his remarkable column with this ominous warning: Daesh has a mother: the invasion of Iraq. But it also has a father: Saudi Arabia and its religious-industrial complex. Until that point is understood, battles may be won, but the war will be lost. Jihadists will be killed, only to be reborn again in future generations and raised on the same books.