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April 26, 2002

Our friends, the…you know From NRO Online. It’s been mentioned on some other blogs, but it deserves plenty of coverage.

Shaikh Saad Al-Buraik is a prominent Saudi government cleric, and was the host of the recent Saudi telethon that raised $109 million for the Palestinian cause. He’s apparently close to Prince Abdul Aziz Ben Fahd, the King’s youngest son. He hosts a regular show on government-run television, “Religion and Life.”

Speaking at an official government mosque, here the distinguished cleric demonstrates the moderation that, we’re constantly told, we admire in the Saudis, our partners in the search for peace:

Muslim Brothers in Palestine, do not have any mercy neither compassion on the Jews, their blood, their money, their flesh. Their women are yours to take, legitimately. God made them yours. Why don’t you enslave their women? Why don’t you wage jihad? Why don’t you pillage them?
Allegedly, the entire tape (presumably in Arabic; I’m travelling, and can’t deal with streaming media just now) can be heard here.

Elsewhere, in today’s New York Times:

In what was billed as a personal visit between two old friends, Abdullah and Bush’s father, the first President Bush, took a 90-minute train ride together from Houston to College Station, Texas, where Bush treated the crown prince to a private tour of his presidential library.
Their official clerics call on the Palestinians to “enslave” Israeli women. And their leaders are “old friends” with the Bushes, invited to visit the ranch in Crawford and lecture us about how to make peace.

I’m sure this will be just another unfortunate lapse, like all the other unfortunate lapses. I’m sure that, ten years from now, when President Jeb Bush is arranging to resettle the straggling survivors of Israel in America’s empty quarter, and negotiating the terms of the annual tribute we’ll have agreed to pay the House of Saud, there will still be bloggers telling us what a deep game of “rope-a-dope” the Bushes are playing with the al-Saud.

And I’m sure there will still be older Bush relatives—possibly, this time, George W. himself—palling around with the Saudi leadership, going to international conferences with them, helping to arrange weapons transfers, and generally reminding us of what old friends they are. And how lucky we are that American foreign policy is in the hands of responsible, grown-up Bushes, not some kind of crazy liberal appeasers. [04:59 PM]

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