Friday, December 09, 2005

Saudi Insolence

The ambassador for Saudi Arabia, whose citizens murdered 3,000 Americans on 9/11, which continues to foment sedition in the US and uses torture routinely has chided the US for torturing prisoners and invading Iraq. The sooner we build enough nuclear power plants to stop depending on these false friends, the better.

From an interview with their new ambassador to the US:

The U.S.-led war in Iraq accelerated the spread of terrorism around the globe and reports of U.S. mistreatment of terror prisoners are troubling its allies, the new Saudi ambassador to Washington said Thursday.

Asked whether the war in Iraq made the world less safe, Turki said even if the United States had not invaded, global terrorism would have continued. "Going into Iraq may have accentuated or accelerated that process, but I don't think it is the reason why we are having bombs in London or in Saudi Arabia or wherever," he said.

That's nice, because:

In its annual report on human rights worldwide, the State Department called Saudi Arabia's human rights' record "poor overall," despite some progress. It said Saudi security forces "continue to abuse detainees and prisoners, arbitrarily arrest and hold persons in incommunicado detention."

Turki said five or six Saudis have been released from the U.S. detention facility at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, and more than 100 still remain there. Discussions about their release are continuing, he added.