April 27, 2004


Fresh threats in 'al-Qaeda' tape (Paul Wood, 4/27/04, BBC)

A message claiming to be from al-Qaeda says it is not to blame for a suicide car bomb attack in Riyadh last week.

The tape does however warn of "fierce" attacks in 2004 against American and other western targets.

The tape, which can be heard on an Islamist website, says the attack on a police centre was a consequence of the Saudi rulers' "infidel policies.

Last week was the first time that the Saudi state has been directly targeted as opposed to a foreign target.

The tape says the Saudi royal family and its alliances with Christians and Jews was the reason for the attack.

Americans, Jews and "Crusaders", as western troops are called, will continue to be targeted by al-Qaeda, the tape says.

"This year, God willing, will be fiercer and harsher for them," it concludes.

Why is it that if it looks like America is going to war all these human shields turn up and offer their services to the dicators but when the West is threatened with murderous attacks the same peace activists are nowhere to be found? Why don't liberal clergymen surround our embassies all over the world to shield them from attack?

Posted by Orrin Judd at April 27, 2004 2:06 PM

Suicide bombers don't discriminate. American F-15s usually do.

Posted by: jim hamlen at April 27, 2004 2:49 PM

Because they know that, unless they are terminally clumsy like Rachel Corrie, they are in no real danger from pro-Western forces. With the forces of barbarism, however, they know they might actually get hurt, there's no propaganda if that happens.

Posted by: Raoul Ortega at April 27, 2004 3:02 PM

Like Raoul said.

Fear is the reason. (By the way, also they hate America)

Posted by: h-man at April 27, 2004 3:25 PM

Also, it's hard to be a real martyr when you're killed by the "good guys".

Posted by: Jeff at April 27, 2004 5:10 PM

Because they really think we deserve it and probably hope it happens. They probably don't consider themselves as a part of we.

Posted by: genecis at April 28, 2004 10:26 AM