Saudi Arabia has arrested 88 suspected extremists, more than half of them ex-Qaeda detainees who had previously been released, the interior ministry announced on Tuesday. Saudi King Abdullah on Friday underscored the threat posed by jihadists unless there is "rapid" action. Fifty-nine of them were "previously arrested over their links to the deviant group," the name used by Saudi authorities. The authorities launched a massive crackdown on Al-Qaeda following a spate of deadly attacks in the kingdom from 2003-2006.
RIYADH, Saudi Arabia (AP) — Saudi Arabia announced on Tuesday that it executed another four people it says were found guilty of trying to illegally smuggle large quantities of pills and hashish into the kingdom.
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By Angus McDowall RIYADH (Reuters) – Saudi Arabia has detained 88 people, more than half of them Saudis, on suspicion of plotting “terrorist” attacks at home and abroad, the interior ministry said on Tuesday. Ministry spokesman Major General Mansour Turki told a news conference that 48 of those arrested were Saudis, and that many had been planning assassinations. A ministry statement carried by the official Saudi Press Agency said the ministry had been following a number of suspects in view of what it called the spread of “strife and sick ideas” that lured members of the community “to places of strife”. Saudi King Abdullah warned on Saturday that terrorism would soon spread to Europe and the United States unless it was quickly dealt with in the Middle East.
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The US three-day Labor Day weekend was a busy one. Iraqi (and maybe some Iranian) forces, supported by US air attacks, relieved the siege of the Iraqi Shi‘a Turkmen town of Amerli; a Libyan Militia took over all or part of the US Embassy and held a swim party; David Cameron proposed new anti-terror measures against ISIS; ISIS keeps beheading, well, most people they meet; oh, and Russia and Ukraine are on the brink of war, if “on the brink of war’” means “you’ve invaded our country and occupy about a third of it and if you don’t back down pretty soon we might get really angry.”
A wild weekend.
Last night’s overnight CNN website headline:
Keep those priorities straight, media. You won’t get on “Entertainment Tonight” with a bummer story about severed heads, ethnic genocide, and similar bummers.
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Amnesty International says it has proof Islamic State militants have launched a campaign of ethnic cleansing against minorities in northern Iraq.
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Prophetic comments by 4 eminent Jews:
Senator Henry Morgenthau Sr., renowned Jewish American and former U.S. Ambassador to Turkey, 1919: “Zionism is the most stupendous fallacy in Jewish history….The very fervour of my feeling for the oppressed of every race and every land, especially for the Jews, those of my own blood and faith, to whom I am bound by every tender tie, impels me to fight with all the greater force against this scheme, which my intelligence tells me can only lead them deeper into the mire of the past, while it professes to be leading them to the heights. Zionism is… a retrogression into the blackest error, and not progress toward the light.”
Asked to sign a petition supporting settlement of Jews in Palestine, Sigmund Freud declined: “I cannot…I do not think that Palestine could ever become a Jewish state….It would have seemed more sensible to me to establish a Jewish homeland on a less historically-burdened land….I can raise no sympathy at all for the misdirected piety which transforms a piece of a Herodian wall into a national relic, thereby offending the feelings of the natives.” (Letter to Dr. Chaim Koffler Keren HaYassod, Vienna: 2/26/30)
Albert Einstein, 1939: “There could be no greater calamity than a permanent discord between us and the Arab people…. Let us recall that in former times no people lived in greater friendship with us than the ancestors of these Arabs.”
Lessing J. Rosenwald, president of the American Council for Judaism, 1944: “The concept of a racial state – the Hitlerian concept- is repugnant to the civilized world, as witness the fearful global war in which we are involved. . . , I urge that we do nothing to set us back on the road to the past. To project at this time the creation of a Jewish state or commonwealth is to launch a singular innovation in world affairs which might well have incalculable consequences.”
Apparently, the Syrian Observatory posted this without realizing that its “comments” were not removed.