Saudi Arabia, Blamed for Spawning Jihadists, Is Again Their Target

BEIRUT, Lebanon — The images have looped on Saudi television stations. The hospital parking lot where a man blew himself up. The remains of a suicide bomber lying in the street. The black smoke rising near the resting place of the Prophet Muhammad, one of the holiest places in Islam.

Three apparently coordinated attacks in different cities on Monday were a shocking reminder that years after it clamped down on a domestic terrorism campaign by Al Qaeda, Saudi Arabia is again facing a jihadist threat — this time from the Islamic State.

  • Martin B

    Aren’t you all ashamed of yourselves for blaming the poor Saudis?

    • dance…dancetotheradio


  • Let sharks eat sharks.

  • Yep, the Sauds got rid of their own terrorism problem by stripping Osama Bin Ladin of his citizenship (which is actually illegal for a natural-born), exiling him and pawning him off on the rest of the world. Now Osama’s ghost has come back to haunt them — their own brand of violent fanatical Wahhabism is being used against them. Can’t say that I object to that too much.

  • Norman_In_New_York

    Said the Saudi monarch,

    “When my family seized power nearly a century ago, we made an agreement with the Wahhabi clergy to create the perfect jihadi to spread Islam and sharia by the sword. We assembled him from scraps of Koranic doctrine lying in theological junkyards, glued him together with fanaticism, armed him with weapons of terror and sent him forth to conquer. At first, he did our bidding (“Kill the Jews! Kill the infidels!”). But then one day he turned on us (“Down with the Saudi degenerates! Long live the Caliphate!”). WE HAVE CREATED A MONSTER!”