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West turns blind eye to friend it dare not offend
Timesonline.co.uk ^ | March 26, 2009 | Catherine Philp

Posted on 03/28/2009 8:27:31 PM PDT by forkinsocket

Shortly before noon on September 12, 2001, a visitor stopped by the palace, looking for Crown Prince Abdullah bin Abdel Aziz al-Saud, the Crown Prince. The man who now sits on the throne of Saudi Arabia was kneeling in shock and prayer.

He had prayed there all night and had received news from Washington, but could still not believe that the hijackers who crashed their planes into New York and Washington were his countrymen.

That experience is credited widely as part of the impetus behind King Abdullah’s attempts to reform his reactionary kingdom. But Saudi Arabia remains as he did that night – in deep denial. However, it is also a rich and powerful country on which the West depends heavily for oil, and those who do business with it have learnt better than to risk puncturing its self-deluding bubble.

Terrorism remains its most sensitive point. Since September 11 Saudi Arabia has declared itself at the forefront of the fight against terrorism, cracking down on home-grown militants, inviting Western journalists to film its antiterrorist forces in training and launching a much vaunted project to rehabilitate violent Islamists. It also sought to remake its international image as a factory of extremism with the sponsorship of an interfaith conference in New York.

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TOPICS: Culture/Society; Foreign Affairs
KEYWORDS: abdullah; islam; saudiarabia; wahhabism
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1 posted on 03/28/2009 8:27:32 PM PDT by forkinsocket
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To: forkinsocket

YEah, sure the guy was unhappy. I’m sure. He’s afraid for his own can, if anything.


2 posted on 03/28/2009 8:32:34 PM PDT by Secret Agent Man (I'd like to tell you, but then I'd have to kill you.)
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To: Secret Agent Man

Ths Saudis have the best Islamic Teleprompoter they could buy in the White House and a Dem Congress.

Making sure Muslims get to flood into western countries and get welfare plus making sure we never develop our domestic sources of oil, coal diesel, shale oil, nuke power, etc etc.


3 posted on 03/28/2009 8:36:41 PM PDT by Frantzie (Boycott GE - they own NBC, MSNBC, CNBC & Universal. Boycott Disney - they own ABC)
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To: forkinsocket

Saudi Arabia is no friend.


4 posted on 03/28/2009 8:37:34 PM PDT by dddanonymous
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To: dddanonymous

The Saudis have been great fiends to America..


5 posted on 03/28/2009 9:05:18 PM PDT by sheik yerbouty ( Make America and the world a jihad free zone!)
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To: forkinsocket

I’ll believe they’ve reformed when a synagogue opens in Mecca.


6 posted on 03/28/2009 9:06:20 PM PDT by Slings and Arrows (Can't get enough of my snarking? http://twitter.com/slingsandarrows)
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To: sheik yerbouty

I agree.


7 posted on 03/28/2009 9:09:23 PM PDT by dddanonymous
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To: Frantzie

It was just as bad if not worse under bush. He kissed their ass up and down the desert...


8 posted on 03/28/2009 10:41:20 PM PDT by steel_resolve (I don't see how the Obama administration leads to anything but civil war...)
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To: sheik yerbouty

You must be on drugs or Saudi


9 posted on 03/28/2009 10:42:20 PM PDT by steel_resolve (I don't see how the Obama administration leads to anything but civil war...)
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To: steel_resolve

Arrrrrrr, matey. Did you see an r that isn’t there?


10 posted on 03/28/2009 10:53:14 PM PDT by TigersEye (Cloward-Piven Strategy)
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To: steel_resolve

There was no typo..


11 posted on 03/29/2009 12:45:56 AM PDT by sheik yerbouty ( Make America and the world a jihad free zone!)
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To: sheik yerbouty

Sorry. Posting while drinking...


12 posted on 03/29/2009 7:08:23 AM PDT by steel_resolve (I don't see how the Obama administration leads to anything but civil war...)
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To: steel_resolve

Shi’ite happens..


13 posted on 03/29/2009 9:34:29 PM PDT by sheik yerbouty ( Make America and the world a jihad free zone!)
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