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October 17, 2003
Oh, please

In the middle of this story about General Boykin apologizing for offending Muslims, a Saudi official makes the following statement:

Asked about the general’s church comments, Adel al-Jubeir, the foreign affairs adviser to Saudi Crown Prince Abdullah, told reporters Friday: “If true, outrageous. I thought they were insensitive. I thought they were unbecoming of a senior military official, and certainly unbecoming of a senior government official.”

Of course, there has been no comment forthcoming, other than participating in a standing ovation, for these comments from a Prime Minister of an Islamic nation:

Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad on Thursday told a summit of Islamic leaders that "Jews rule the world by proxy" and the world's 1.3 billion Muslims should unite, using nonviolent means for a "final victory." ...

The prime minister, who has turned his country into the world's 17th-ranked trading nation during his 22 years in power, said Jews "invented socialism, communism, human rights and democracy" to avoid persecution and gain control of the most powerful countries.

Mahathir added that "1.3 billion Muslims cannot be defeated by a few million Jews," but he suggested using political and economic tactics instead of violence. ...

The leaders gave Mahathir a standing ovation afterward.

When I see an equal condemnation of this speech from the Saudi government, then I'll pay attention to their critique of General Boykin. Until then, ha.

Why does this entire episode remind me of the flap over Patton's speeches to British women's groups during World War II?

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Posted by Ed Morrissey at October 17, 2003 11:26 PM

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