I knew Saudi Prince Bandar and George Bush are good friends and all, but I never thought that the Prince would take a page right out of GWB's playbook and threaten Great Britain with a replay of their own version of 9/11, that is, the subway bombings on 7/7 of 2005.
When arms merchant BAE first heard that the British courts were investigating allegations that they had bribed foreign officials, including the Prince, they tried to coerce the British government to drop the investigation by saying that it would hurt the arms business.
I'll pause while we all contemplate how terrible THAT would be.
When threatening to take their toys and go home didn't work, BAE bribee Prince Bandar apparently decided that the U.K. would respond better to threats. So he, along with other Saudi officials, made one:
"Saudi Arabia's rulers threatened to make it easier for terrorists to attack London unless corruption investigations into their arms deals were halted, according to court documents revealed yesterday.
"Previously secret files describe how investigators were told they faced "another 7/7" and the loss of "British lives on British streets" if they pressed on with their inquiries and the Saudis carried out their threat to cut off intelligence."Tony Blair, who was PM at the time, promptly ended the investigation of BAE.
Sheesh, is there anyone that Tony Blair won't cave in to? That makes me kind of sad. Not that I romanticize the brutality of the British Empire, y'all, but...well, dang. Is this what the US has to look forward to, once we let our militarism bankrupt us, like the old Soviet Union did, and we end up, when the People's Republic of China says "跃迁!" to us, saying to them "多么高？"
So anyway, now there is talk of re-opening the investigation, which is how the Saudis' threats have come to be made public.
The Prince is so close to the Bush family that they call him "Bandar Bush."
I wish I were making that up.
Bandar was, until 2005, ambassador to Washington. His wife made thousands of dollars in "charitable" contributions that ended up in the hands of the 9/11 hijackers.
Now Bandar Bush is head of the Saudi Arabia national security council.
So, sleep tight, everyone! Have a good weekend! Don't take any wooden 硬币!
(link courtesy Harry Shearer's Le Show)