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|War and Terror: Riyadh's War on Terror Bites Back|
Thursday, November 13 @ 16:44:06 UTC
|by Robert Fisk, the Seattle Post-Intelligencer |
Osama bin Laden has an awful lot of friends in Saudi Arabia. In the mosque, among the disenchanted youth, among the security forces, even -- and this is what the West declines to discuss -- within the royal family. Saudi ambassadors routinely dismiss these facts as "unfounded" but Saturday's devastating attack in the capital, Riyadh, is part of a growing insurrection against bin Laden's enemies in the House of Saud.
Whether or not the bombers were members of the Saudi security forces -- they were certainly wearing Saudi military uniforms -- the Riyadh government's own version of the "war on terror" is now provoking bombings, gun battles and killings almost every day in the kingdom. The 11 dead were all apparently Muslims, most of them expatriate workers.
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|War and Terror: The rage and the violence in Saudi Arabia|
Wednesday, May 14 @ 10:08:03 UTC
|By John Paul Jones, yellowtimes.org|
(Saudi Arabia) – I concluded "The Blue Highways of Saudi Arabia" last February with a sense of foreboding, and quoted the famous remark by the former British Foreign Secretary, Sir Edward Grey, on the eve of World War I. The rage and the violence has been unleashed again, and dangerously spins in its unpredictable ways.
The first indication passed, and the gravity of the events remained disguised. I was asleep; my wife was downstairs and thought someone was trying to enter the front door. But no one was there. It was only at 3:30 am, awaken by a friend's phone call, that we realized that the shaken door was the result of the explosion at the Al Hamra compound, some 8 km away. Cell phones primarily, supplemented by the television, the Internet, and later in the morning, colleagues at work, helped us piece together what happened.
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