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May 27, 2003

THE OSTRICHES OF ARABIA

I seem to recall a post at this site which suggested that Assad of Syria also downplayed Al Qaeda as a significant force. [note: found it at ASSAD Ostriches of a feather etc, I guess, as the saying has it
That must have come as news to the hundreds of people who were injured and the families of the more than 30 people who were murdered days later by al Qaeda suicide bombers in three foreign compounds in Riyadh.

Just as we paid the price - in injuries and the loss of our loved ones - more than 18 months ago, now Saudi Arabia is starting to suffer the consequences of its ostrich approach to terrorism. This was brought into even starker relief by revelations that the Saudis failed to respond to an urgent request by the U.S. ambassador to beef up security at the targeted compounds.

Saudi Arabia will never be the partner in the war on terrorism it claims to be until it stops being in denial and confronts its responsibility for the atrocities of 9/11 and the creation of the still-alive and kicking global monstrosity known as al Qaeda.

It is no accident that 15 of the 19 hijackers of 9/11 were Saudi Arabians. It is no coincidence that most of the Guantanamo Bay prisoners are from Saudi Arabia. It is not happenstance that the governmentally sanctioned Wahhabi sect preaches hatred of Westerners and gives religious legitimacy to mass murder in mosques and schools throughout the country.

And it is no fluke that most of the money that financed the murders of our loved ones and our injuries came from Saudi Arabia.[more]