Conversing with the Saudis
[Editor's note Jim Dillard is a commercial airline pilot. His jet left just behind one of those hijacked on 9/11. His plane was forced to an alternate field and ordered to land because there was fear it might also have hijackers aboard. A veteran with strong beliefs in the principles on which America was founded, Dillard was among the leaders lobbying Congress and the President to arm pilots, an effort just recently approved..
[The following is his recent exchange with Saudi officials at the Royal Saudi Embassy in Washington, DC.]
From: Jim Dillard
Sent: Sunday, November 24, 2002 6:44 PM
To: Royal Saudi Embassy, Washington, DC
Subject: "With Friends Like These -- Part XXXIX"
Gentlemen at the Saudi Embassy,
In the USA we have an old saying that goes as follows: "What goes around, comes around."
For the nation of Saudi Arabia, who provided fifteen out of nineteen of the terrorist murderer hijackers on September 11, 2001, yours is about to "come around."
I wish I could wish you good luck, however, you're not deserving of any such platitudes.
Regards, Jim Dillard
From: Information Office Mail (Saudi Embassy)
To: Jim Dillard
Sent: Tuesday, December 03, 2002 1:31 PM
Subject: RE: "With Friends Like These -- Part XXXIX"
Thank you Jim. Saudi Arabia most certainly did not 'provide' most of the 9/11 hijackers. Your message makes it sound like the 9/11 hijackers were sent as agents of the Saudi Arabian government to attack the US. Come now. If that were the case, the US would have immediately closed its embassy in Saudi Arabia.
Although the majority of the 9/11 hijackers were Saudi Arabian, they do not represent mainstream Saudi Arabia any more than men like David, Koresh [sic], Jim Jones, the Unabomber or Timothy McVeigh represent mainstream America. These are men with twisted ideologies who have done terrible things, and we strongly condemn their actions.
The 9/11 attacks were planned and carried out by Osama Bin laden's Al-Qaeda network. Now who exactly is this network comprised of? It has members from over 60 countries, including a couple from the US. Osama Bin laden specifically included Saudis in his 9/11 mission because one of his goals is to drive a wedge in US-Saudi relations. I am sure Osama Bin Laden could easily have recruited Pakistanis, Afghanis or people from any number of countries for his 9/11 terror assignment.
Saudi Arabia certainly does not support any of its citizens who have joined Al-Qaeda. If it did, they would not have felt the need to move to Afghanistan. Osama Bin Laden himself is originally Saudi Arabian, so why isn't he operating out of Saudi Arabia? Because he knows we would never allow such activity. Although Al-Qaeda dislikes the US, they dislike Saudi Arabia even more. They would love nothing more than to see the overthrow of our government. We would never support them or anyone of their ilk.
There have been plenty of journalists throwing daggers at Saudi Arabia lately, but their articles are full of misnomers and outright lies. These journalists have their own political agendas. Saudi Arabia has had a great relationship with the US for the past 70 years. We look forward to the next 70 years. We are not about to let any twisted terrorists, or journalists with vendettas, drive a wedge in that relationship.
From: Jim Dillard
Gentlemen At The Saudi Embassy,
Thank you for your response below. It must be terribly burdensome for your office to take the time to respond to e-mail inquiries from American commoners such as myself. Especially given the number of recent US television appearances by your boss Mr. Adel al-Jubeir, the Crown Prince's Foreign Policy Advisor, as he comically attempts to convince the United States that the Saudi government is suddenly and quite ferociously "cracking down" on members of the Saudi Royal Family who support terrorism. Yes, the same Saudi Royal Family which continues to function as the world's primary financial sponsor of Islamic fundamentalist Wahabbist terrorism.
I must admit to my alligator tears today as I watched Mr. al-Jubeir on The Fox News Channel during his almost compelling appeal for sympathy. A viewer might nearly be lead to believe the Saudi Royal Family had suffered a fate even worse than the victims of the World Trade Center attack, given Mr. al-Jubeir's carefully rehearsed and conspicuously scripted Manhattan-PR-Firm spin. Again, almost.
Upon viewing Mr. al-Jubier today and after reading your response below, I felt compelled to add a new word to our ongoing discussion on Saudi Arabia's nefarious behavior. That word is sophistry. As you continue to provide subterfuge denying Saudi complicity in the bankrolling of worldwide terrorism, yet more evidence is revealed on a daily basis further implicating the very people you so disingenuously attempt to defend. I congratulate your government for stooping to diplomatic levels heretofore thought unimaginable with Mr. al-Jubier's revelation today of the so-called "Saudi crackdown." My goodness, how the Saudi Royals must be shaking in their (Gucci) boots!
As I read your typically duplicitous discourse below, a few facts come to mind. Like the fact that fundamentalist Wahabbist Islam, which preaches venomous hatred of Jews, Christians, Western ideology and...well...the West, is the official religion of Saudi Arabia. The same Wahabbist hatred which is being preached by mullahs and funded by the Saudi Royal Family on a worldwide basis. Indeed the very same Wahabbism practiced by Osama bin Laden and al Qaeda and the same Wahabbism practiced by the fifteen Saudi terrorists who attacked the United States on September 11, 2001. The same al Qaeda responsible for the recent Bali bombing and last weekend's terrorist attack in Mombassa. How, I wonder, was al Qaeda able to afford the two SA-7b surface-to-air missiles shot at the Israeli 757 departing Mombasa? Yes, the same al Qaeda terrorists the Saudi Royal Family is paying to keep out of Saudi Arabia. The exceedingly bad news for the Saudis is that the world now knows you're shaking you're finger and winking at the same time.
As you try to argue that the fifteen Saudis terrorists you sent us on September 11, 2001 were some sort of aberration, I would remind you that the overwhelming majority of the nearly thousand terrorist prisoners being held at Camp Delta in Guantanamo Bay are Saudi citizens. In the vernacular of the States, "it's time to come to Jesus." You, the Saudis, must decide whether to continue supporting hateful Wahabbism and funding worldwide terrorism through that religion, or to join us in the fight against terrorism. So far you've not convinced us of the latter. But rest assured, you cannot have it both ways. The game is over.