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Sunday, May 09, 2004

Israel and Zionism: Proud Sponsors of Osama Bin Laden and Al-Qaeda. Or, More Royal Retching. Saudi Arabia’s Interior Minister Prince Naif appears to be, like Crown Prince “95% Sure” Abdullah, not only a bigot but a delusional one at that. On Friday Prince Naif declared that Saudi Arabia is, like, totally "in a state of war with terrorism." Well, if you say so, royal dude. Of course, the darling fellow also

denied a conflict between his account of who was behind the Yanbu killing spree and that of Crown Prince Abdullah, deputy premier and commander of the National Guard.

Speaking to top military and civilian officials in Jeddah last Saturday when four terrorists went on a shooting spree in Yanbu killing five Westerners and a National Guard officer, the crown prince said he believed Zionists were behind most terrorist attacks in the Kingdom. But in a press statement after the attack, Prince Naif blamed Al-Qaeda.

“I don’t see any contradiction in the two statements, because Al-Qaeda is backed by Israel and Zionism,” he said.

Ho boy. So there you have it, folks: When the Interior Minister or the Deputy Premier and Commander of the National Guard of Saudi Arabia talk about fighting terrorists, keep in mind that they might just be talking about fighting Zionists.

Another unfortunate consequence of the torture scandal emerging from Iraq is that these comments have received little coverage, if any. Lucky for us, though, the Saudis are our allies. But with friends like this…

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