The diary of a Saudi man, currently living in the United Kingdom, where the Religious Police no longer trouble him for the moment.

In Memory of the lives of 15 Makkah Schoolgirls, lost when their school burnt down on Monday, 11th March, 2002. The Religious Police would not allow them to leave the building, nor allow the Firemen to enter.

Wednesday, June 09, 2004

The pace quickens... 

...as we now have two atrocties in a week.

Gunmen Kill American in Saudi Capital Riyadh

RIYADH (Reuters) - Gunmen killed an American working for a U.S. company in the Saudi capital Riyadh Tuesday, the fifth attack on Westerners and other foreigners in the world's top oil exporter in five weeks.

The latest killing in the kingdom, which has been battling to stamp out attacks by Saudi-born Osama bin Laden (news - web sites)'s al Qaeda for more than a year, was likely to heighten fears among tens of thousands of expatriates, many of whom work in the oil industry.

The American worked for U.S. contracting firm Vinnell, a unit of Northrop Grumman Corp that trains the Saudi National Guard, an elite force protecting the pro-U.S. monarchy.

Police said the American was killed when shots were fired at him outside his house in eastern Riyadh.

By referring to the "Weekly Atrocity", I'd hoped we wouldn't see an increase in frequency. No such luck.

Anywhere else, and it would be called a "racial attack". However our terrorists don't do racial attacks. Instead, they fight a "holy war" against the "non-believer". That way, their conscience is clear.

I'm looking forward to Friday Prayers, when all the loudspeakers on all the mosques will pronounce, with absolute authority, that taking innocent life in this way is a sin. But I won't hold my breath. Otherwise I wouldn't be around on Saturday.

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