In the beginning of his course on the commentary of Sahīfeh Sajjādiyyah, Ayatollah Makarem Shirazi stated: “the great scandal in the United Nations, involving the UN Secretary General removing Saudi Arabia off the blacklist of children’s rights violators was almost unprecedented in the history of the UN. It was a serious blow to the belief of those who reckoned that the UN was a refuge for the oppressed people of the world, as everybody witnessed, rather clearly, how easily the Saudi petrodollars were able to control the decisions made by the most high-ranking UN official
They put Saudi Arabia on the blacklist of children's rights violators for a few days, but all of a sudden, they removed it from the list a short while later. As explanation for this dramatic change of opinion, the UN Secretary General announced publicly that he had no choice but to remove Saudi Arabia from the blacklist as the Saudis had threatened that they would cut off their aids to the UN if they were not taken off the list
This incident constitutes a huge blow to the beliefs of the simple-minded, who had put all their trust in the international community and their long lists of void claims and their declarations of human rights!
Perhaps an even greater scandal was the issue of the 28 pages documenting the Saudi's involvement in 9/11. The American officials had openly stated that they were going to declassify the 28 pages of documents which indicate the involvement of the Saudis in the atrocities of the 9/11.
However, following this announcement, the Saudis openly threatened that if these pages were declassified they would withdraw all their petrodollars from American banks.
So, this was enough for the American officials to suddenly realize that the Saudis had nothing to do with 9/11 and that they are, and will forever remain, cleared of all allegations!
This was another severe blow to the belief of those who believed that we should one day trust America and extend our hands towards them in friendship
Is such a world, in which a devil can be passed off as an angle by means of illegitimate petrodollars which must be spent on the poor in Saudi, is a safe world?
Now, the only way for us to protect ourselves in such a world against the oppression of those who are slave to money, whether it be the UN Secretary General or the US officials, is to remain strong, and also to put our trust in Allah (swt), for He will protect us at all times”.