The Saudi authorities attempted to keep the whole affair quiet, but it caused international outcry in 1980 when it became the subject of a docu-drama entitled , broadcast on the BBC and PBS.The Saudis responded by trying to suppress the film, and they failed.Indeed, if it does turn out this report has been kept quiet because it might upset the Saudis, the people who should be ashamed are those who wrote the thing. It would be much more financially responsible to put the blame on the Oswestry Parish Council, as they hardly buy any arms and don’t help out BAE shareholders at all.Even better would be if the report blamed the spread of militant Islam on someone the Government doesn’t like much, such as Aslef or the negotiating team at the EU.A report on the funding of terrorists was published this week revealing how “overseas” backing has aided institutions “that teach deeply conservative forms of Islam”.But the Government decided the report shouldn’t be published, and Home Secretary Amber Rudd wouldn’t say which overseas country was doing this funding.This was Churchill’s mistake, he should have said: “The Germans have invaded Poland.It’s a sad fact of life: Absolute monarchies generate more crazy stories than democratic republics.
For .2bn you can blow up a couple of public buildings, as long as you help sweep up It’s always encouraging when people you’d expect to be enemies learn to get on, so it’s touching that the Government, that has said many times it doesn’t always see eye-to-eye with violent militant Islam, has apparently decided life’s too short to bear a grudge, and to stay friendly with the rulers of Saudi Arabia.While the common people of the Saudi state are subject to strict rules and tender mercies of the religious police, the royal family are subject to no such restrictions and live lives of luxury and adventure.Instead, the biggest threats to the Saudi princes and princesses are often themselves. Princess Misha’al bint Fahd al Saud was in an arranged marriage (by all accounts, an unhappy one) with an older cousin. There, she met Khaled, the son of a Saudi diplomat, and began an affair.So we can’t complain too loudly about such a valued customer as Saudi Arabia.And I’m sure the Government would be just as understanding if a van hire company said: “It’s all very well complaining about terrorism, but the current methods they’re using offer vital opportunities for my company.
It can be frustrating when they drive our vans into the side of a bridge, and tend not to bring the vehicle back, leaving us to have to go and collect it ourselves, but we’re working out a price formula to cover these problems and hope to engage in many more fruitful business deals with them in the future.” To be fair, the Saudi government probably hasn’t been directly involved in terrorist acts like that, and have used the weapons they’ve bought for tidier explosions, such as what the United Nations describes as “325 attacks on schools, health facilities, markets and water points in Yemen”.