Well no they are not. I just hope we are fooling them more than are fooling us. Keep your friends close and your enemies closer.
From <a href="http://www.opinionjournal.com
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Remember the empty antiaircraft launcher that was found last month near Prince Sultan Air Base near Riyadh? Now we have an explanation for it. "Terrorists in Saudi Arabia made a systematic attempt to shoot down U.S. Air Force planes operating from one of several bases there," ABC News reports:Sources told ABCNEWS the terrorist who fired the weapon has been captured, is in custody in Sudan and is talking.
The sources said the suspect, who was trained by al Qaeda, was the head of a cell operating in Saudi Arabia. They said he and others cased U.S. air bases and one night easily evaded Saudi security forces while attempting to shoot down an American plane.
The suspect says he fired one missile, but it failed to lock onto its target, according to the sources. He then became frightened, buried a second missile nearby and ran away.
The fact that anyone was able to get that close to the U.S. operating base has raised grave concerns about the safety of American pilots and new worries about just how serious the Saudis are about protecting U.S. military forces in their country.
As we <a href="http://opinionjournal.com/best/?id=110001786#shoulder
" target="_blank">noted last month</a>, the Washington Times reported that after finding the launcher, the Saudis destroyed the evidence before U.S. officials could examine it. Sudan, on the other hand, arrested the suspect. Yet while Sudan is on the U.S. list of states that sponsor terrorism, the <a href="http://www.state.gov/s/ct/rls/pgtrpt/2001/html/10247.htm
" target="_blank">U.S. State Department</a> claims that "after September 11 . . ., the Saudi Government reaffirmed its commitment to combat terrorism. . . . The King, Crown Prince, Government-appointed religious leaders, and official news media publicly and consistently condemned terrorism and refuted the few ideological and religious justifications made by some clerics."
The <a href="http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A44314-2002Jun13.html
" target="_blank">Associated Press</a> reports that "the U.S.-Saudi relationship may be headed for trouble." Headed for trouble? This is a barbaric and corrupt country that gives both financial and ideological support to terrorists, spreads vile anti-American and anti-Semitic propaganda, and <a href="http://opinionjournal.com/editorial/feature.html?id=110001836
" target="_blank">kidnaps American citizens</a>. The Saudis are nothing but trouble.
In fairness, though, we should present the Saudi view, from a quote in the AP dispatch: "We may be creating an entire generation that has no confidence in the United States, that believes it is prejudiced against Arabs and against Islam. We are looking at the potential for long-term alienation." Which Saudi prince said that? Actually, it was Edward Walker, "a former U.S. diplomat in Saudi Arabia." One wonders whose side some of these diplomats are on.
" target="_blank">The Wall Street Journal</a> (link for WSJ.com subscribers), on the other hand, reports that there's been "a general improvement in military relations between Riyadh and Washington during the past month," which "could make it easier for the Bush administration to launch a military campaign to overthrow Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein."
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