Under the Black Flag

Saudi Bums

As I wrote five years ago in another place, beginning a new column is like the first date with a girl you’ve had your eye on for a long time but never had the courage to ask out.  One’s nervous.  But this is a new year, 2008, and let’s start it off right by telling it like it is—as in Saudi Arabia.  The only redeeming feature of the Saudi ruling family—all 30,000 of them—is the fact those other gangsters in Washington, D.C., the neocons, are against them.  Otherwise, to quote Jonathan Swift about some other swine, they are “the most pernicious race of little vermin that nature ever suffered to crawl upon the surface of the earth.”

Yes, it’s strong stuff, but no one deserves it more than the ghastly Saudis.  Remember the picture of George W. Bush holding Abdullah’s hand at the former’s Texas ranch?  (As a European whose family is titled, I refuse to use the honorific because Ibn Saud, the founder of the clan, awarded it to himself.)  That was couple of years ago.  And a lot of good it did us.  Let me count the ways.  Oil is now at or just about $100 per barrel; 40 percent of the foreign fighters in Iraq killing and maiming Americans and Iraqis alike are Saudis; 700 Saudi fighters were brought into Iraq since August 2006.  Saudi Arabia continues to use her vast oil wealth to purvey on a global scale the austere Wahhabist...

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