Thursday, April 25, 2002

Unmistakable intent
From the New York Times, and almost every other news organization in the world, it seems, comes this quote from an unnamed source in the Saudi delegation on its way to Crawford TX to visit President Bush:

"It is a mistake to think that our people will not do what is necessary to survive," the person close to the crown prince said, "and if that means we move to the right of bin Laden, so be it; to the left of Qaddafi, so be it; or fly to Baghdad and embrace Saddam like a brother, so be it. It's damned lonely in our part of the world, and we can no longer defend our relationship [with America] to our people."

Yeah, that's pretty much what we thought. Maybe the next Arabian government will be more flexible. We'll give them your regards.

(I could continue, but as in so many things, the Captain got there first. Steven thinks that by "our people", the spokesman means "the House of Saud", not... well, I almost said "the average citizen", but Saudi Arabia does not have citizens. It has subjects.)

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