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    • Seth Halpern
    • 26.03.07 | 20:32 (IST)

    Saudi Arabia has had full relations and styled itself a friend of the US for decades yet exported the Islamism responsible for 911 and similar outrages. If this initiative is embraced the Saudis will end up demanding more US protection against jihadis -- whom they will doubtless find some other way to appease into the bargain. The Saudis cannot defend themselves, their religious credibility is wildly suspect and they cannot enforce normalization by other frightened autocrats even if they wanted to. This has all the makings of a major scam. But by all means, test them: Let Abdullah or Bandar do a Sadat before the Knesset and see how the Muslim world reacts.

    from the article: Third time lucky?
    First published 00:00 26.03.07 | Last updated 00:00 26.03.07
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