Saudi king slams UK for not doing enough to combat terrorism Update: Brits say Saudis didn't warn them of anything

Your insanely head-spinning irony of the day.

Abdullah told the BBC that Britain was not doing enough in the war on terror. He made the comments hours before arriving in London for a state visit.

“I believe that most countries are not taking this issue too seriously, including, unfortunately, Great Britain,” he said through a translator. “We have sent information to Great Britain before the terrorist attacks in Britain, but unfortunately no action was taken and it may have been able to avert the tragedy.”

Backing up from the specifics of the London attack and what the Saudis may or may not have shared about it, who has done more to radicalize Muslims around the world than Saudi Arabia? Who funds radical madrassahs from the Washington suburbs to Karachi to Somalia to Hamburg and Londonistan? Who supplied 15 of the 19 terrorists on 9-11? Who gave us Osama bin Laden, for that matter?

But it’s the UK that’s not doing enough to fight terrorism?

How about turning off the Saudi petrodollar spigot that gushes funds to terrorists all over the globe, King?

Update: Maybe King Abdullah knew about 7/7, forgot to tell the British, but thought he had?

In an interview with the BBC ahead of his visit, King Abdullah said the fight against terrorism needed much more effort by western countries such as Britain, and that al-Qaida continued to be a big problem for his country.

“We have sent information to Great Britain before the terrorist attacks in Britain but unfortunately no action was taken. And it may have been able to maybe avert the tragedy,” he said, speaking through an interpreter.

A senior Foreign Office spokesman suggested that reports of the king’s comments may have “skewed” his meaning, and pointed to a report last year by the parliamentary intelligence and security committee that found there was “no specific intelligence” of the July 7 plot.

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David Strom 6:01 PM on March 29, 2023