The AP reports from Riyadh today:
More than 30 prominent Islamic clerics from Saudi Arabia on Monday called on Sunni Muslims around the Middle East to support their brethren in Iraq against Shiites and praised the insurgency. The clerics said jihad, or holy war, ‘is one of the most important tenets of religion, and what has been taken by force can only be regained by force.”
Their statement warned that Shiite Muslims were taking control of Iraq in a conspiracy with “Crusaders” in an attempt to marginalize Sunnis. They called on Sunni Muslims around the Middle East to “stand directly with our Sunni brothers in Iraq, using all appropriate and considered forms of support” and urged clerics to “educate the public about the Shiite threat.” …
“After almost four years of occupation, it is clear that the aim behind this occupation is for the Crusaders and Shiites to take control of Iraq, paving the way to complete their control over the region,” read the statement, posted on a Saudi news Web site.
The statement was signed by more than 30 Saudi clerics – most from Saudi Arabia’s top Islamic universities, the centers of the kingdom’s hardline version of Sunni Islam. …
Key Iraqi officials have said that millions of dollars in financing has been sent to Iraq’s insurgents by private donors in Saudi Arabia, though Saudi officials have denied the report.
Me: So now the “Crusader-Zionist” alliance has been replaced by a “Crusader-Shiite” alliance? Imagine if they combined into a “Crusader-Zionist-Shiite” alliance: Bush, Olmert and Ahmadinejad together again for the first time! You think maybe Cheney needs to go back to Riyadh for another little talk with King Abdullah?