Saturday, March 29, 2008

The Arab League - cracking like an egg.

Thanks, Abdullah. Next time you talk to your buddy, Saud...

Eggs? I like mine scrambled well and I wonder if Dick Cheney's little swing around the region last week had anything to do with the sudden steel in the spine of the Saudis, Egyptians and Jordanians?

Despite Infighting, Meeting of Arab League gets underway in Damascus.

As Bashar al-Assad, Syria’s president, opened the annual Arab summit meeting here on Saturday morning, Saudi Arabia’s foreign minister convened a competing news conference in Riyadh, the Saudi capital, with new criticism of Syrian policy, underscoring the bitter political feud that nearly upended this year’s Arab gathering.

The meeting had already suffered from deliberate absences, with the leaders of Saudi Arabia and Egypt boycotting in an unusual rebuke to Syria, which they blame for the continuing political crisis in Lebanon. King Abdullah of Jordan and President Ali Abdullah Saleh of Yemen, both strong Saudi allies, also decided to stay away at the last minute, as did Lebanon.
Out of the mouths of dictators. From Moammar's lips to God's ears...
“Even you, or us — friends of America — Washington might decide to hang us one day.”
I sincerely hope so, Moammar.

Saudi slams Syria.

In a Press conference broadcast live on some Arab TV channels during the League summit's opening session in Damascus, Prince Saud Al Faisal said from Riyadh that "the kingdom has never boycotted a summit before."

He blamed his boycott on Syria, and implicitly blasted the country for worsening most of the crisis in the Middle East, especially in Lebanon.