It's time to take another walk down the path to that strange little dreamland we can't seem to shake out of our national life: Saudi Arabia.

The Saudis have rounded up 13 guys who are evidently members of Al Qaeda. One of them says he actually fired a surface-to-air missile at an American fighter plane taking off from the Saudi-based Prince Sultan Air Base a week or so ago.

The others were involved in plots to blow things up by smuggling explosives and two surface-to-air missiles from Yemen.

So the good news is that the Saudis are actually trying to do something about the vast nest of terrorists that make up the population of their country.

The bad news is that they're so worried about appearing to be pro-American that they won't actually allow U.S. investigators to talk to these people. So whatever important information we may have gotten out of them will be lost. That's because you can't get a man to talk when his head has been sliced off the rest of his body. The Saudis still behead miscreants with a long sword.

They pulled this stunt a few years ago when four Saudis were caught as being involved in a bombing that killed some Americans in Saudi Arabia.

The Saudis said, "We got your guys, and here are their heads. Sorry, they didn't have anything to say anyway."

This is especially weird when you notice that the Moroccans have been very helpful lately, in both arresting Al Qaeda members and parking them somewhere useful… where it's possible to get some information out of them.

For example, the Moroccans arrested a man named Zammar who is a German citizen, but was born in Syria. He is the guy who organized the Mohammad Atta terror cell in Hamburg, and turned Atta over to Abu Zubaydah and other Usama bin Laden folks to carry out the Sept. 11 attacks.

Zammar was arrested in Morocco, then turned over to Syria. He's been in the slammer there for months.

Syria, on the list of terror nations, is actually facilitating U.S. investigators in their questioning of Zammar.

So let's get this straight… Syria is helping us while Saudi Arabia is handing us heads with no bodies. Who is it again who is supposed to be our friend? We may want to rethink that.

That's My Word.

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