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Wednesday, April 02, 2008

Saudis Bulldozed Mohammed's House To Build Public Toilet

The Los Angeles Times reviews Steve Coll's new book, The Bin Ladens, which is a history of the infamous family. The book actually sounds worth a read. Funny thing is, the review uncorks a real bombshell of breaking news, and the LA Times is too stupid to know what they've got on their hands.

Here it is:

What's most striking about Coll's book is its undidactic but unflinching account of just how rancidly dysfunctional the Saudi royals' governance has been and of how the Bin Ladens -- canny, but in so many essential ways incompetent -- have benefited from their patrons' venality through a breathtakingly supine sycophancy and simply bribery. Corrupt, hypocritical, frightened and inept at everything but self-preservation, the Sauds have essentially looted their country's foreign-developed oil riches, using the Bin Ladens to dole out development only when it was absolutely necessary to placate a restive populace.

The results have been particularly appalling in the Islamic holy cities of Mecca and Medina, where Saudi-financed construction projects undertaken by the Bin Ladens essentially have eradicated the historic pilgrimage sites.

Not too many years ago, the remains of the Prophet Mohammed's house in Mecca were bulldozed to construct a public toilet.

These projects not only allow the Saudis to profit more from the hajj, which religious Muslims are obliged to make at least once, but also have imposed a Wahabi straitjacket on the pilgrimage. Formerly, Shia and sufic pilgrims observed the hajj with all sorts of individual rituals and visits to shrines and tombs they referred. Now, thanks to the Bin Ladens' demolition and construction projects only a Wahabi version of the pilgrimage is possible.

Now, practically speaking, the news that the Sauds have instituted a Wahabbi-dominated Hajj is a disaster for the world.

But, as far as Muslims are concerned, the real blasphemy here is that the Sauds care so little about the Prophet Muhammed (pieces be upon him) that they were willing to destroy his home so people could shit where he once prayed.

Gee, I hope I wasn't too graphic there.

Oh well, you know me.

You almost have to admire the Sauds adherence to the anti-idolatry creed of Wahabbism. Yeah, almost. Considering the glitzy Vegas-style sin city the Sauds are making of Mecca, I doubt they were adhering to any creed other than that of Money.

If you ask me, it seems like the Sauds hate the Prophet Mohammed.

Anyway, here's another section of the article which contains a stunning admission, considering it is coming from the LA Times:

Finally, Coll's book makes an important contribution to the contemporary debate by putting to rest the myth that Jihadism is fueled by a passion to see justice for the Palestinians. In fact, garden-variety anti-Semitism of the most repellant kind has been part of the Saud/Bin Laden axis from the start. Abdulaziz was a rabid anti-Semite, though he'd never met a Jew nor heard of Zionism. Faisel, apparently the best of the Saudi kings because he stole the least, nonetheless peddled every sort of outlandish anti-Semitic conspiracy theory, along with copies of "The Protocols of the Elders of Zion."

Today, the son of one of Osama's half-brothers runs a group called the World Assembly of Muslim Youth out of Falls Church, Va. He has a Saudi diplomatic passport and the special mission of reaching out to American Muslims with Wahabi religious materials, including one that says:"The Jews are enemies of the faithful, God and the angels; the Jews are humanity's enemies; they foment immorality in this world."

Am I awake? Is this true? The LA Times has actually admitted that the Jews are not responsible for the Jihad?

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

cool - a place for pilgrims to squat down and use their left hand to salute Mohammed.

Wednesday, April 02, 2008 2:13:00 am  
Blogger Pastorius said...

The Call to the Morning Prayer. Barack Obama says it's one of the prettiest sounds in the world.

Wednesday, April 02, 2008 2:26:00 am  
Blogger Epaminondas said...

"If you ask me, it seems like the Sauds hate the Prophet Mohammed."

Nah, just everything.

Wednesday, April 02, 2008 11:24:00 am  
Blogger Pastorius said...

Shh, I'm trying to start a war here.

Wednesday, April 02, 2008 11:39:00 am  
Anonymous sfcmac said...

A shitter in place of Mohammad's old digs?

It's a fitting replacement.

Thursday, April 03, 2008 7:18:00 pm  
Blogger Pastorius said...

How right you are.

Thursday, April 03, 2008 10:07:00 pm  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

You got it wrong. It isn't Mohamed, pieces be upon him. Instead it should read... (ready for this?)...

محمد - تبول على منزله


"mohammed - pee be upon his house"

...at least if the Google machine english-arabic translator is worth anything.

Tuesday, April 15, 2008 10:01:00 am  

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