War & politics: Sept 11th, bin Laden, Middle East news, from my own perspective.
DEBKAfile - Al Jazeera is Pulled into Saudi Royal Squabble
"al Qaeda's followers in the Saudi are becoming increasingly brazen. Of late, they have been seen in the streets of Riyadh in armed gangs...
And so it starts. Over the past few months everybody has been predicting that these unpopular kings, emirs, family dictators ships would be under attack from internal strife. And so it starts.
Saudi and Yemeni officers serving in the Qatari army had led a coup against the liberal emir Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa Al-Thani. Gulf sources also reported that US special forces troops, some in civilian clothes, had helped the emir subdue the revolt...
I haven't seen this reported anywhere, not even via al Jazeera channels so suspect it only rumour. But where there's smoke... And even so, the rumour has a smell of plausibility in it.
[al Jazeera] brings the Palestinian Intifada live into Arab living rooms which has the potential of triggering stormy demonstrations from Morocco to the Gulf, causing unrest in Cairo and Saudi cities...
It's certainly a powerful tool. If the CIA could start to feed it the correct stuff... There seems to be only one voice of freedom coming out of the area, one station, imagne if there were many.
[On al Jazeera] the Egyptian fundamentalist sheikh Yousef Qaradawi on one of its most popular programs 'The Sharia (Muslim ritual law) and Life' a two-hour show broadcast every Sunday. Qaradawi's message is regarded as the most blatant exposure enjoyed by Bin Laden's fundamentalist Wahhabi brand of Islam on any Arab platform. Qaradawi openly calls for a global jihad against the morally bankrupt, degenerate and corrupt West, which is moreover accused of waging a crusade against Islam. "
I'm sure the Muslim world needs, desires more information. We need to educate, inform, hope that we can show more. I hope they're open minded and we can do it without mass loss of life on both sides, but I fear the pandora's box is open. And there's every chance that I too, may die.