Aren’t we forgetting someone, Condi?

Rice accuses Iran and Syria of incitement over cartoons

The United States accused Syria and Iran of using the international row over cartoons of the Prophet Mohammed to incite anti-Western sentiment as worldwide protests continued and Islamic anger turned against Britain and America…

…Condoleezza Rice, the Secretary of State, sharpened the political dimension of the controversy by charging Iran and Syria with stoking sectarian feelings.

Emerging from talks with the Israeli Foreign Minister, Tzipi Livni, Dr Rice said that some Muslim countries were behaving responsibly, but “there are governments that have also used this opportunity to incite violence.”

“I don’t have any doubt that … Iran and Syria have gone out of their way to inflame sentiments and to use this to their own purposes. And the world ought to call them on it,” she said.

But what about this?

A leading preacher in Saudi Arabia proclaimed a new spirit of defiance among Muslims after worldwide protests over cartoons of the Prophet Mohammad in European newspapers.

“A great new spirit is flowing through the body of the Islamic nation … this world can no longer ignore this nation and its feelings,” Saleh bin Humaid said in a televised sermon at the Grand Mosque in the Muslim city of Mecca.

“The nation has fought to back its Prophet Mohammad in recent days. It is the right of every Muslim to show joy at this defense of our beloved Prophet,” he added in Friday prayers, sometimes choking back tears.

Saudi Arabia, the birthplace of Islam, last month withdrew its ambassador to Denmark, saying the Danish government had not done enough to assuage anger over cartoons published last September in the Jyllands-Posten newspaper.

It looks very much to me as if the Saudis have also ‘gone out of their way to inflame sentiments and to use this to their own purposes’ – are you going to call them them on it, Condi?

No of course you aren’t, are you?

Just how heavily is the US economy into the Saudis these days? Is it still 6-7% of you total economy that relies on Saudi oil money?

It all goes to show that a trillion dollars buy a lot of blind eyes in high places.