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09/05/2003 Entry: "Hitchens on bin Laden's family"

"Consider the following. On September 11, you could not fly and I could not fly. The national airspace was locked down. But twenty-four members of the bin Laden family, living in the United States, were gathered by private jet under the auspices of Prince Bandar Bin-Sultan, the Saudi ambassador in Washington. With what he gratefully describes as the cooperation of the FBI, the Prince mustered all the bin Ladens, who at the first opportunity were taken under FBI escort to Boston's Logan Airport (departure point for two of the death squads) and then permitted to fly home with no questions asked. I do not think that any question of racial profiling would have been involved if members of the immediate bin Laden tribe had been inconvenienced to the extent of being asked a few questions. Boasting of this amazing coup on October 1, Prince Bandar told Larry King an affecting story about one of these privileged escapees:

"But you know what hurt me? A young man said to me, 'Prince Bandar, I always couldn't understand why the American Japanese wanted a memorial. What's the big deal?' He said: 'Suddenly I realize: I'm a rich man, I'm in Harvard, and I have to leave my school, not because I was guilty, but because the emotions are high.' That really touched me, Larry.

"It really, really, touches me, too. In subsequent days the Saudi regime refused to supply information on the sixteen of its citizens who had committed the mass murder, declined the requests for a closure of bin Laden charities on its soil, refused to allow Tony Blair to visit and (in the person of its Interior Minister, Prince Nayef) described the liberation of Afghanistan from the Taliban as a matter of 'killing innocent people.' On top of this, a prince appears on prime time to borrow the rhetoric of American liberals about the historic injustice inflicted by Earl Warren and FDR on the Japanese-Americans in 1942. Yet where is the outrage? The Al Qaeda murderers, in their private notes, describe how to wield knives and box-cutters to slaughter random travelers like sacrificial sheep. Were they right? Are we a bleating herd, ready to get in line and be subjected to humiliation and deprivation at the merest bark about security? "

...*snip*...

"Given a choice between protecting American civilians and protecting the client regimes that sponsor and coddle those who murder them, the Bush Administration has taken the second option every time. This seems to me impeachable in the profoundest sense of the term."
Johnnie Walker Blackened, by Christopher Hitchens, The Nation, January 3, 2002

Eeeek! Just when I thought I was losing my mind and my memory, through the miracle of Google I found this from, um, January 2002, by Christopher Hitchens, no less. This story is just as bad now as it was then, but what I want to know is why is it such a big deal now?

 

 

 

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