Our Friends The Saudis

From new-to-me blog European Tribune:

So what triggered this? Well it takes a blog to explain it. What CNN and the other traditional media failed to tell you is that the thousand gallons of fuel added to the fire of outrage came from none other than our old pals Saudi Arabia.

While it was a minor side story in the western press, the most important of Muslim religious festivals recently took place in Saudi Arabia – called the Hajj. Every able-bodied Muslim is obligated to make a pilgrimage once in their lifetime to Mecca, which is in modern-day Saudi Arabia. This pilgrimage can be done at any time of the year but most pilgrims arrive during the Muslim month known as Dhu al-Hijjah, which follows a lunar calendar that does not exactly match the western Gregorian calendar.

The most recent Hajj occurred during the first half of January 2006, precisely when the “outrage” over the Danish cartoons began in earnest. There were a number of stampedes, called “tragedies” in the press, during the Hajj which killed several hundred pilgrims. I say “tragedies” in quotation marks because there have been similar “tragedies” during the Hajj and each time, the Saudi government promises to improve security and facilitation of movement to avoid these. Over 251 pilgrims were killed during the 2004 Hajj alone in the same area as the one that killed 350 pilgrims in 2006. These were not unavoidable accidents, they were the results of poor planning by the Saudi government.

And while the deaths of these pilgrims was a mere blip on the traditional western media’s radar, it was a huge story in the Muslim world. Most of the pilgrims who were killed came from poorer countries such as Pakistan, where the Hajj is a very big story. Even the most objective news stories were suddenly casting Saudi Arabia in a very bad light and they decided to do something about it.

Their plan was to go on a major offensive against the Danish cartoons. The 350 pilgrims were killed on January 12 and soon after, Saudi newspapers (which are all controlled by the state) began running up to 4 articles per day condemning the Danish cartoons. The Saudi government asked for a formal apology from Denmark. When that was not forthcoming, they began calling for world-wide protests. After two weeks of this, the Libyans decided to close their embassy in Denmark. Then there was an attack on the Danish embassy in Indonesia. And that was followed by attacks on the embassies in Syria and then Lebanon.

Read the whole thing.

UPDATE: I just realized Steve has a link to this same story a few posts down; it looks like the same author posted to both “ET” and Kos. Either way, it’s well worth your time.


14 Responses to “Our Friends The Saudis”

  1. Francis Says:

    I just realized I made a sarcastic comment about that on my blog at the time – http://www.di2.nu/blog.htm?20060112a

    (it takes a while to load because the blog has become rather popular recently)

  2. mal Says:

    “(The American media) won

  3. Ardsgaine Says:

    There’s some question about the veracity of this report on the DKos site. Have either of you done any research to verify it?

  4. richard mcenroe Says:


  5. Ardsgaine Says:


    So you’re saying that VP should not have linked to it, because it was guaranteed to be false?

  6. rbj Says:

    Um, Will.
    your hyperlink in European Tribune points to Vodkapundit.com. Now, that does look like an interesting blog I’ll have to peruse at some time, but it isn’t the advertised link.

  7. Robert Speirs Says:

    I’m afraid the deaths of pilgrims during the Hajj are not mourned but celebrated. Until one understands how that can happen, one cannot understand the depths of depravity at which Islam operates.

  8. Will Collier Says:

    Well, crap. I don’t know how the hell I did that.

    Fixed now, thanks.

  9. Infidel Cowboy Says:

    Lost for Words

    I was spending my time in the doldrums I was caught in the cauldron of hate I felt persecuted and paralyzed I thought that everything else would just wait While you are wasting your time on your enemies Engulfed…

  10. nk Says:

    We really do have a way !@#$%^ up foreign policy because of oil. And a commenter at Kos pointed out that, ironically, OBL’s number one target is the Saudi royal family. But for the oil, we would have been letting both these snakes devour each other and probably avoided 9/11. Hmm, I think I should stay away from DailyKos.

  11. Abu Daoud Says:

    Greetings from the Middle East.

    I live here and study language and religion. I have written a short article that talks about the concept of rights and freedoms under Islam v. Christianity.

    Please check it out: etwist.blogspot.com

  12. A Blog For All Says:

    Well Planned Rioting Continues-Now With Death Toll

    The rioting and demonstrations are an attempt to open a second front – one that exposes all of Europe to the kind of rioting seen in France for a month this past November.

  13. richard mcenroe Says:


  14. The Mechanical Eye Says:

    Because the Amps Need to Go to 11

    IRAN DECIDES TO open up a can of oh no: RAN’S largest selling newspaper announced today it was holding a contest on cartoons of the Holocaust in response to the publishing in European papers of caricatures of the Prophet Mohammed….

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