The Saudi Arabian dictator, King Abdullah, has accused the British and other western nations of not doing enough to fight terrorism.
In an interview with the BBC in advance of his first state visit to the United Kingdom, which begins later today, Abdullah charged that had Britain acted on information the Saudis supplied, the July 7, 2005 London bombings could have been averted.
He told his BBC: “We sent information to Great Britain before the terrorist attacks in Britain, but, unfortunately, no action was taken. And it may have been able to maybe avert the tragedy.”
The 83-year-old Abdullah is the fifth of the 37 sons of Saudi Arabia’s founder, King Abdulaziz, to rule the kingdom.
Let’s hope that Abdullah’s harsh criticism won’t intimidate the British government into not properly raising Saudi Arabia’s appalling human-rights record – or the fact that the Saudi regime is doing next to nothing to prevent Saudi suicide bombers crossing into Iraq to murder Iraqis.