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Saudi Ambassador to London: U.S. Acts Like a Paranoiac

Saudi Ambassador to London Ghazi Al-Qusaibi also downplayed the risk to strategic U.S.-Saudi relations: "...When the American president declared that anyone who did not stand with America in its war on terror was on the side of the terrorists, he meant every word. The world, of which we are a part, must adapt itself to the new reality. This reality says that the U.S. we knew and knew hw to deal with has disappeared in the smoke of the explosions, and its place has been taken by a new America, fear-stricken and vengeful, that sees the ghost of terror everywhere and perceives every neutral man as an enemy that must be fought as enemies are fought..."

"The U.S. the president, Congress, and public opinion speaks from a starting point not much different than that of a man afflicted with paranoia. Psychiatrists know, as does any quasi-intellectual, that someone afflicted with paranoia is as afraid of his friend as he is of his enemy and sees danger where there is none..."

"In the new political reality, Saudi Arabia [is perceived in America] as closer to [the camp of] enemies than to that of friends. This approach did not emerge suddenly from the Pentagon report..." Anyone who has monitored the American media since the September events and tried to read behind the lines realizes that there is an "orchestra" carefully leading and feeding the attack on Saudi Arabia. This orchestra receives instructions from a conductor, which is the extremist right-wing Christian alliance supported by the Zionist lobby. What promoted the success of the attack and [allowed it to] take root is the fact that most of the terrorists did indeed hold Saudi passports, and that Saudi Arabia accepted the accusations of extremism and funding of terrorism in silence..."

"Saudi-U.S. relations coalesced out of common interests, and these interests still exist. The Saudis, like the Americans, must remember this. Saudi Arabia has a quarter of the world's oil reserves, and this fact will not change just because of [American] intrigues in the Caspian Sea region [i.e. the war in Afghanistan, which, according to Arab and Iranian columnists, was launched in order to gain control over the Caspian sea oil reserves] or [because of American] plans regarding Iraq's oil fields."

"In the foreseeable future, the stability of the oil market and the world's well being depends on Saudi oil policy, and this is a fact whose repeated stressing will benefit us more than hints at an [oil] embargo. Saudi Arabia, which is situated in a region afflicted with disorder, has always been careful to serve as a stabilizing and moderating element, and we must mention this fact repeatedly as well. On the other hand, it is possible to see that the U.S. has invested a great deal of money in huge industrial projects in Saudi Arabia, and it still is the central source of developed technology, and thousands of Saudi students annually attend American universities. In a world ruled by a single power, it would be a stupidity to be hostile to this power..."

Saudi Press: "We [Saudis] are Peace-Loving People You [the U.S.] are Barbarians"

However, in Saudi Arabia itself, the mood of the press remained belligerent. A columnist for the Saudi daily Al-Riyadh, Abdallah Al-Kaid, wrote: "Most provocatively, Condoleeza Rice, adviser to the cowboy who rules the White House, said: "We have moral justification for changing the regime in Baghdad." Since when does the American administration attach any importance to the moral or human aspect?... The [Saudi] people are not to be blamed for the state of horror to which you [Americans] are subject in your country - a situation from which you will not escape... unless you concede the rights of the people and fight the evil among you and stop your aggression towards the world. You must remember that the "Country of Falsehood" endures for one hour, while the "Country of Truth" lasts until Judgment Day!!!"

We have no need to defend our good and clean name, as we are peace-loving people who never started a war against anyone throughout their history. As for you [Americans], no one needs proof of your crimes, written in history in ink as black as your history of murder and genocide. The land of Japan is the best proof of your barbarism!!! Yes why did you have to go far afield? Here is the land of the Indians, annihilated by you..."

"After all this, you want to delude us with the claim that you seek to create peace and justice in the world and fight terrorism, and that you are morally justified in attacking the people and governments? ..."

Source: MEMRI

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