Dr. Mohammad T. Al-Rasheed, a columnist for the Saudi government English daily The Saudi Gazette, has mocked President George W. Bush for calling on Arab leaders to cease calling suicide bombers “martyrs,” saying that the U.S. will “vanish, but [Arabs] will remain.”
Parts of his commentary, entitled “God bless our martyrs,” were republished by the Middle East Media Research Institute, or MEMRI.
“Yes, those being mowed down in Palestine are MARTYRES [sic] to their cause, their honor, their dignity, their land, and their religion – the morons in Washington notwithstanding,” Al-Rasheed wrote. “We have had enough of double-dealing, double standards, double talk, and double acts on a lousy stage. The ‘dudn’t’ president has overstepped his mark: He has given the green light for a massacre to commence conducted by the most brutal criminal this side of Caligula.
“A few weeks ago a couple in San Francisco were found guilty on behalf of their two dogs that mauled a neighbor to death. The same law is applicable to Bush and Sharon: the dog and its keeper. We do not need a Cicero to pontificate before a court for us to get a verdict. The issue is clear. We also cannot enter into high legal parlance or into philosophical argumentations. The dog and its keeper are not versed in this sort of dialogue. Nevertheless, let us try and simplify it enough for the keeper to understand why the world is not against dogs per se, but against his dog in particular. …”
The columnist had more complimentary words for the Europeans.
“The Americans used to say that they do not have the power to curb or influence Israeli decisions, but every time they tell the Israelis to do something, the Israelis do it,” wrote Al-Rasheed. “How are we to square this circle? The world watches in horror, and we have Europeans now bellowing at America to do the basic decent things in life. The Europeans are not exactly Arabophiles, but they retain a semblance of their humanity yet.”
Al-Rasheed then urged Bush to brush up on his history.
“… Ironically enough, Caligula wandered too far in Palestine where angels feared to tread before him. He wanted the Jews to worship him in their temple. … The rest is history, as they say. Can the ‘dudn’t’ man be brought to read some of this history? Condowhatever Rice should bring some of those wonderful books published by Stanford for him to read. On a personal note, I am ashamed now to say that I went to the same university.”
Addressing Bush, Al-Rasheed wrote, “Your father, in his heyday, asked your nation to read his lips. Since reading is a family tradition with you, could we ask you to simply read our history before trying to rule over us?
“In case you do not have the time or stamina, let me tell you this: We are as old as the stone that Jesus walked on, pure as the water Muhammad was given to wash for prayer from, and severe as the laws Moses brought down from the Mount. You will vanish, but we will remain. … The world will advance to oblivion, but our date palms and our olive trees will survive your nuclear bombs. And, somehow, something of us will remain. You have it written, not in Holy Scripture, but on the greenback you so adore, especially on Christmas Eve: In God We Trust.”