The Sputnik said that “Washington and Saudi Arabia are adding fuel to the fire of global terrorism,” arguing that “modern terrorism originated in Saudi Wahhabism (Salafism), sectarian Sunni teachings.”
According to the news agency, American historian and journalist Eric Zuesse has noted that “Washington has been adding fuel to the fire of Islamic sectarian strife.”
He said, “In the 1940s, Washington and Saudi Arabia established a longstanding alliance based on the oil-for-weapons trade; the relationship caught a second wind in 1973 after Richard Nixon's de-dollarization of gold.”
'During 1973, US President Richard Nixon de-dollarized gold, and quickly petroleum became dollarized (the global commodity-basis for currencies). Saudi Arabia had more of the new gold than any other country did,' he said in his article for Strategic Culture Foundation.
Needless to say, the US rushed to establish close contacts with the Persian Gulf monarchy. In 1941 the US-controlled Aramco (Arabian American Oil Company) started full-scale development of the Saudi oil fields.