Prince Turki says that modern terrorism comes from unfair British policies in the Middle East dating back to World War I. From Arab News, with thanks to Kemaste:
JEDDAH, 6 October 2004 “” Saudi Ambassador in London Prince Turki Al-Faisal in a forthright speech during the Conservative Party”s annual conference, linked the sources of current terrorism to a disaffection and “sense of injustice that can be traced back to the World War I.”
Quoting Lord Crewe who said, “What we want is not a united Arabia, but a weak and disunited Arabia, split into little principalities as far as possible under our suzerainty “” but incapable of coordinated action against us.”
Prince Turki described the division of the Middle East among the Western powers as like “portioning out cake”.
He pointed out that both then as now, Britain was playing a key role in “two of the most turbulent regions in the Middle East “” the Palestinian territories and Iraq”, and that the British made promises of “fair play” to the indigenous Arabs in Palestine and promised a brighter future to the people of Iraq.
The British government, Prince Turki said, viewed with favor the establishment in Palestine of a national home for the Jewish people, “but on one clear understanding, and I quote, “˜that nothing shall be done which may prejudice the civil and religious rights of existing non-Jewish communities in Palestine.”
“That promise was broken and has continued to be broken by the West. As I see it there a direct link between the events of yesterday and the terrible realities we face today.”
Turki didn’t address how this British unfairness has given rise to jihad terrorism in Indonesia, or the Philippines, or Thailand, or Kashmir, or Nigeria, or Chechnya, or anywhere else where it appears today around the globe in regions thousands of miles removed from Israel. Nor did he explain the Islamic terrorists’ consistent and thoroughgoing use of jihad terminology, and how their struggle relates to that of the great Islamic empires of the past, which invaded and conquered numerous regions in aggressive wars based on the same ideology.
Does he really think that if the West abandons Israel, terrorism will cease? Tell them that in Bali, and Mindanao, and southern Thailand.