November 10, 2003 - What goes around comes around. Saudi Arabia has for years supported terrorism both financially and ideologically, through exporting extremist (Wahhabi) Islam throughout the world, the same ideology that motivates the terrorists who are now trying to bring the country down.
The following quotes speak for themselves.
Saudi Ambassador to Britain: I'm Pro Suicide BombingIn an extensive interview with Ghazi Al-Qusaibi on 9 July 2002 and published in the Saudi-owned London Arabic Daily Al-Sharq Al-Awsat, the Saudi ambassador to Britain compared IDF actions to those of Nazi Germany and justified suicide attacks. The interview was conducted following a poem the ambassador wrote praising a female suicide bomber, which sparked media reaction in Britain. Regarding this issue, Al-Qusaibi said the following:
"A man who defends his homeland and dies doing so is a martyr, and in no case may we consider him a terrorist." Al-Qusaibi added: "According to the Islamic view, no one can make the forbidden permissible or the permissible forbidden. [In Islam] punishments have been set, and no matter what we say, the West will see them as barbaric and primitive. According to the Western view, flogging is illogical and execution is unacceptable, as is amputating hands and stoning. These are things that in Muslim eyes are at the core of the Islamic faith."
- Gil Eyal, "Saudi Ambassador to Britain: I'm Pro Suicide Bombing," Pravda, July 11, 2002.
Saudi Bombing Blamed on al QaedaThe deadly suicide bombing of a housing complex in the capital of Saudi Arabia appears to be the work of an al Qaeda terrorist cell intent on rattling the Saudi government, U.S. and Saudi authorities said yesterday.
As the death toll from the Saturday night attack rose to 17, including five children, investigators pointed to similarities to three May 12 bombings in Riyadh and to warnings gathered from intelligence sources and al Qaeda Web sites.
"I feel personally quite sure because this attack bears their hallmark," said Deputy Secretary of State Richard L. Armitage, who arrived in the Saudi capital and met with Crown Prince Abdullah. "My view is these al Qaeda terrorists . . . would prefer to have many such events."
- Peter Slevin, "Saudi Bombing Blamed on al Qaeda," Washington Post, November 10, 2003.
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