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Tuesday, August 19, 2003

Them Again?
CNN offers up some experts who say that Iraq has become a "magnet" for al Qaeda and other terrorists. And guess where they say most of them are coming from?

In the past two months, about 3,000 Saudis have gone to fight coalition troops in Iraq, said Dr. Saad al-Faqih, a leading Saudi dissident based in London who has long been a reliable source of information about al Qaeda.

Still, when the Bushies complain about "foreigners" messing around with Iraq's wonderful reconstruction, they focus on Syria and Iran. But as for nations that were responsible for 9/11 and funding and staffing al Qaeda, it certainly appears that Saudi Arabia was clearly most involved. Afghanistan may have harbored OBL and some of his cronies for a few years, probably without a lot of choice, but the Taliban's contribution to 9/11 appears to have been small compared to that of the Saudi government. Iraq had nothing at all to do with it; they're just paying the price.

The key, of course, is the long-time connections between the Bush family and the Saudis. Bush Sr., Neil, W--they've all got Saudi oil under their fingernails.