Tuesday 13 September 2011
What's Arabic for Hutzpah?
And another thing, the issue of Palestinian statehood was featured on Newsnight (see my previous blog).
Saudi Prince Turki al-Faisal (pictured) has demanded that the US support Palestinian statehood…or else.
To make matters worse, he published his demands on September 11 — the tenth anniversary of the 9/11 attack on America. Seventeen of the 19 hijackers that flew the planes into the World Trade Centre and the Pentagon were Saudis.
The director of the Saudi intelligence service at that time was none other than Turki al-Faisal, who met repeatedly with Osama bin Laden during the 1990s and personally intervened to block bin Laden’s extradition and execution.
Now al-Faisal writes:
The United States must support the Palestinian bid for statehood at the United Nations this month or risk losing the little credibility it has in the Arab world. If it does not, American influence will decline further, Israeli security will be undermined, and Iran will be empowered, increasing the chances of another war in the region. Moreover, Saudi Arabia would no longer be able to cooperate with America in the same way it historically has.
Al-Faisal is addressing the country that saved him and his entire nation when Saddam Hussein invaded Kuwait in 1991. American blood was spilled, and American dollars were spent to defend him and his ungrateful nation. Now he presumes to lecture the USA on ethics!