I have for a long time felt a deep distrust towards the Saudi leadership. Perhaps it is just their financial support for radical Islamic clerics abroad, but there is something about the photos of the royal family that give me a deep feeling of unease.
I guess there has to be something wrong with the psychology of people who believe they were born to rule and I might be picking up on that, but the impression I get from them is that I wouldn’t trust them with the families cat, and I am not a cat person. There is no way they are getting near my dog.
Even with all the supposed good will between our countries I find it difficult to support any regime that has as part of its system the ubiquitous (for an Islamic society) morals police. Remember a few years ago how a Saudi girls school caught fire and the students were forced back into the burning buildings by these thugs because they had the temerity to try to escape the flames without getting properly dressed first.
These authoritarian bastards had so little common sense that they prevented the fire brigade from getting too close, as such immodestly clad women might have adversely affected them. It is difficult to believe that the sight of female flesh group or facial features can so seriously outrage anyone to a point where they wish to, and actually physically attack women tor transgressions.
I think the major problem with forming such groups is that they attract the sort of people who get their jollies from doing this sort of thing, in fact those sort of people are probably the only sort of people who would get involved.
Anyway I was not really surprised to find the following article in ‘The Australian’, which relates to a successful attempt by the Saudi royals to blackmail the British government, disappointed, outraged, yes, but not really surprised.
Saudi Arabia's rulers threatened to make it easier for terrorists to attack London unless corruption investigations into their arms deals were halted, court documents revealed yesterday.
Previously secret files describe how investigators were told they faced "another 7/7" - a reference to the July 7, 2005 London bombings - and the loss of "British lives on British streets" if they pressed on with their inquiries and the Saudis carried out their threat to cut off intelligence.
Prince Bandar, the head of the Saudi national security council, and son of the crown prince, was alleged in court to be the man behind the threats to hold back information about suicide bombers and terrorists, Britain's The Guardian newspaper reported yesterday. He faces accusations that he took more than pound stg. 1 billion ($2.2 billion) in secret payments from British arms company BAE.
The paper reported that he was accused in High Court hearings this week of flying to London in December 2006 and making threats which made former prime minister Tony Blair force an end to the Serious Fraud Office investigation into bribery allegations involving Prince Bandar and his family.
The threats halted the fraud inquiry, but triggered an outcry, amid allegations that Britain had broken international anti-bribery treaties.
Campaigners this week launched a civil case in the High Court seeking to reopen the investigation into the bribery allegations. Anti-corruption groups, including social activist think tank The Corner House and the Campaign against the Arms Trade, want the decision to halt the case overturned, arguing that the Government had caved in to blackmail.
It seems they will stop at nothing to prevent any investigation into their obscene way of corrupt life and I have been justified in my feelings all along.