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Octubre 30, 2007

Aviones, whisky y putas


Robert Fisk se escandaliza por el recibimiento al rey saudí en Londres. Los mayores honores para el invitado extranjero, a pesar de las lecciones que el monarca se ha atrevido a dar a las autoridades británicas por no haberles hecho caso, supuestamente, cuando les alertaron de la inminencia del atentado del 7-J.

The sheer implausibility of the claim that Saudi intelligence could have prevented the ondon bombings if only the British Government had taken it seriously, seems to have passed the Saudi monarch by. "We have sent information to Great Britain before the terrorist attacks in Britain but unfortunately no action was taken. And it may have been able to maybe avert the tragedy," he told the BBC. This claim is frankly incredible.

The sad, awful truth is that we fete these people, we fawn on them, we supply them with fighter jets, whisky and whores. No, of course, there will be no visas for this reporter because Saudi Arabia is no democracy. Yet how many times have we been encouraged to think otherwise about a state that will not even allow its women to drive? Kim Howells, the Foreign Office minister, was telling us again yesterday that we should work more closely with the Saudis, because we "share values" with them. And what values precisely would they be, I might ask?

El gusto por el whisky de malta, supongo.

Posted by Iñigo at Octubre 30, 2007 09:48 PM

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