The US Consulate in Jeddah has been attacked today with 12 people killed, 3 of which are the attackers themselves from a group of 5. 2 have been apprehended, although injured presumably by gunfire and are in the hands of the authorities.
Our condolences go to the families of the bereaved.
It is yet another example of the barbarity of the followers of Osama bin Laden. Those who call themselves muslim. To me they continue to be soul-less, irreligious animals hell-bent on not only destruction, but with their ardent fervour want the whole world to go back millennia. I’m not prepared to do that in anyone’s name.
That’s not the topic of my post however, what impressed me is this:
Reader Mohammad Amir said the attack appeared to have been carried out by the main gate on the southern side of the US consulate complex.
“A lot of smoke is still coming out from the complex’s main gate and choppers are hovering over the area,” he wrote.
This is the first time (as far as I can find out) of people filing reports DIRECTLY from the Kingdom unimpeded by the strict Saudi authorities. They filed their reports complete with pictures taken by their digital cameras and/or cameraphones (which are banned in Saudi) and delivered uncensored to its final destination.
Isn’t this fantastic? I applaud the people who did that, but I also fear for their lives and/or livelihood, because as their names have actually been published with their submitted reports in such a high-profile site, I can guarantee you that the Saudi authorities will deal with them even more harshly than it does with terrorists. They probably regard them as even more dangerous as they have “sullied” the name of the Kingdom abroad.
No matter. This is proof positive that (a) we do not need a Ministry of Information in our countries. It’s main purpose of controlling information flow, and propagating state propaganda has long past, this event alone proves it beyond a shadow of a doubt, and (b) that the internet has changed the balance of thinking of the people as a whole, it is quite apparent that the people who submitted their reports have done so through their regular email accounts providing verifiable names that the BBC can track and attribute. This demonstrates that they feel empowered maybe because of their visits to various websites which could be regarded as anti-government, and more importantly is empowering them to speak without fear even of such an ogre as Saudi.