Monday, November 17, 2003

Moral equivalency

Saudi Arabia's Islamic affairs minister, Saleh Al-Asheikh, has stated that the recent bombings in Riyadh were "gruesome", just like the "Israeli terror against the Palestinians."

Saudi Arabia's Islamic affairs minister and imams of the two holy mosques have condemned Saturday's terrorist bombing at Al-Muhaya compound in Riyadh as a gruesome crime and likened it to Israeli terror against the Palestinians.

The bombing of a residential compound in the capital last Saturday, which killed at least 18 people and injured 120 others, violates the sanctity of the holy month of Ramadan, Islamic Affairs Minister Saleh Al-Asheikh said.

It is in itself a big crime and would have been tantamount to declaring war on God and the Prophet if it had taken place in any other month. But it becomes the worst of crimes when it is committed in the holy month, the minister said.

Dr. Saleh Bin Humaid, the imam of the Grand Mosque in Makkah and chairman of the Shoura Council, compared the actions of the suspected Al-Qaeda bombers who carried out the attack last week to Israeli terror in Palestinian territories.

Moral equivalency, anyone?


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