“…I weary a bit of this stuff.
If the CIA and the Brits and the Saudis have really penetrated al-Qa’ida in the Arabian Peninsula – or AQAP, as we are now enjoined to call it, although the acronym sounds a bit like an insurance company – all well and good.
But the fact that the Saudis originally supported the Taliban – and that al-Qa’ida was until recently led by a Saudi -
- and that most of the 9/11 bombers were Saudis -
- and that an awful lot of other al-Qa’ida men are Saudis -
- does take the gleam off the cup.
Yet still – with the noble, imperishable exception of Matt Frei on panjandrum Jon Snow’s brilliant Channel 4 news –
- we take all this stuff with mind-numbing, poker-faced seriousness.
We do not question the story…”
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