Monday, May 12, 2003

The return of Osama?

Terrorists bombed at least two compounds housing Westerners including Americans in the Saudi Arabian capital of Riyadh Monday night, inflicting scores of casualties in coordinated attacks that have become the signature of al Qaida. The dramatic attacks came hours before a scheduled visit to the kingdom by Secretary of State Colin Powell. An official traveling with Powell said he will travel to Saudi Arabia as scheduled. The Associated Press quoted one hospital official as saying at least 50 wounded were being treated in the hospital, and the number was growing. Reuters, citing an official at a separate hospital, quoted him as saying that the injured were being treated at 10 separate hospitals. That official said, "I am sure there are dead. There are Westerners and Saudis.”

I have the feeling that this will be the first of many such attacks against the Saudis from their #1 dissident.