The following is a rough transcription of the interview.
Press TV: It seems that Saudi Arabia can’t tolerate even peaceful means of trying to reform and bring about human rights reform. Your take on this. Tell me the reason you think that this is happening now?
Barrett: Well, I guess we all are shocked and horrified by this but we should not be that surprised. Saudi Arabia is run by one of the most corrupt and despotic families in the history of the world. These are people who will stop at nothing to try to preserve their billions and billions of dollars they have stolen from the people of Arabia and deposited in not just Swiss bank accounts but in the Western petro dollar money system. They are propping up the Zionist-dominated money system that rules the West on behalf of a criminal cartel.
These people are organized crime figures and calling it Saudi Arabia is an insult to the people of Arabia. That would be like naming the United States after its ruling crime family and calling it Bushy America. Here in the United States, unfortunately, the media is not telling the full truth about the state of affairs in Saudi Arabia. The reports that we are getting on the execution of Sheikh Nimr and 47 people [in] total do not even mention that they are being beheaded.
We get nothing but non-stop propaganda about the so-called Islamic State (Daesh) beheading people and in fact we have lots of fake beheading videos produced by … the so-called SITE intelligence group, an Israeli front whipping up American hatred against all Muslims.
Americans are being brainwashed by their media to think that these people who chop off heads are representatives of all Muslims. But then when the Saudis do it—and of course they are the ones who’ve set the tone for so-called Islamic State or Daesh who are essentially taking the same extremist Wahhabi Takfiri ideology from the Saudi ruling family—we do not hear about it. They (the Western media) are covering it up.
If you look at the mainstream stories on this they are not even mentioning much less emphasizing this lurid aspect—that Saudi Arabia loves to behead people. The main public square in Riyadh is called Chop Chop Square, where they are constantly beheading people, and nobody in the United States even knows this. All we hear is Israeli propaganda that it is Muslims who do this, because the Saudi- sponsored terrorists of Daesh are running around beheading people.
It is time for the world to wake up and recognize that this regime in Saudi Arabia needs to go. They are one of the two heads of the Zionist Takfiri monster that is devouring the Middle East. And I think that it should be clear to all Muslims and not just Shia Muslims—I am not Shia, I am not a Muslim from the Moroccan school of Islam which is basically classified as Sunni—but all of us need to see that there is a huge problem with this ruling family in Saudi Arabia, and that they are the ones who are spreading the sectarian strife and civil war throughout the region.
Dr. Kevin Barrett, a Ph.D. Arabist-Islamologist is one of America’s best-known critics of the War on Terror.
He also has appeared many times on Fox, CNN, PBS, and other broadcast outlets, and has inspired feature stories and op-eds in the New York Times, the Christian Science Monitor, the Chicago Tribune, and other leading publications.
Dr. Barrett has taught at colleges and universities in San Francisco, Paris, and Wisconsin; where he ran for Congress in 2008. He currently works as a nonprofit organizer, author, and talk radio host.