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.

Saturday, June 12, 2004

'Terrorism in Saudi Arabia controllable' 

....according to our Muslim Affairs Minister

'Terrorism in Saudi Arabia controllable'

LONDON, England, Jun. 12 (UPI) -- Despite an American killed Saturday and a car found packed with explosives in Saudi Arabia, the government says terrorism has not reach "crisis levels."

That's a relief. I was starting to get worried. Silly old me for panicking. Just another normal day in Riyadh. One drive-by shooting of a westerner, one car bomb towed away. Just like a regular Saturday in Dullsville, Ohio, or in Dulwich, London.

If you look back through the efforts of the Saudi government in tackling terrorism they have destroyed half of the terrorist force

That's good. All the terrorist organizations are registered with his Ministry (so they can get charitable status and tax exemptions), and all been accounted for, that's how we know we're exactly halfway thru destroying them. So now we're on the "Back Nine", back to the Clubhouse for teatime.

The recent attacks by al-Qaida had caused little disruption to the Saudi economy or day-to-day way of life, according to the minister.

His day-to-day life is unchanged - still has a chauffeur-driven limo and a police escort. It's not quite the same for the westerners, though, checking for bombs under their cars every journey, looking round nervously every time they stop at the lights, wondering who's going to try and kill them as they park somewhere.

"Our assessment of the situation is that it is controllable," he said.

My assessment , Minister, is that your drivel is uncontrollable. It flows like a mountain cataract swollen by the snows of Spring. Your sound waves leave your body without being impeded by any thought process. I could have a more intelligent conversation with those two camels in the picture further down. Perhaps you could help raise the Saudi average IQ by emigrating to Afghanistan.

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