Two different stories.
First, the Saudis. Thanks to all of you for your e-mails about my impromptu interview with Prince Bandar — he most certainly dodged the issue and I will hold him to account. (IF he actually upholds his promise to appear on “DaySide.”)
Now, to the court order demanding that a drug-addicted couple in Rochester, New York stop having babies until they show a commitment to actually care for them. Just days ago, a judge in Rochester issued this order, since the couple now has FOUR kids that have had to be taken away from them and placed in foster care. (Three tested positive for cocaine.)
Friday I learned that the wife is pregnant... again. Violating the judge's order. Technically, this means she should be sent to jail.
I'd like to hear what you think about this — send me an email at: firstname.lastname@example.org
Thursday, May 14: Prince Bandar, Phone Home!
Well, Thursday's show was full of surprises, wasn't it?!
I was pretty blunt on the air about the failure of Arab leaders and the Arab media to condemn the murder of Nick Berg (search) by known terrorist Abu Musab al Zarqawi.
I mentioned that the Saudi ambassador to the US, Prince Bandar, did condemn the killing on the Saudi government Web site. But let's be honest: To have real impact, it has to be a head of state and it has to be on international television. Anything short of that is gutless.
Al Zarqawi and his ilk get away with murder because Arab leaders are too afraid to denounce them publicly. If they do denounce them, these leaders fear the Islamic extremists will rise up and chuck them out of power. So they stay silent.
Given these conclusions, I criticized the Saudi government for its tepid public comments — and I bluntly disclosed that the Saudi government spokesman has been avoiding showing up on DaySide for nearly a year now (despite numerous invitations).
It always starts the same way. The spokesman, Adel al Jubeir, is smiling and good-natured and says he will gladly appear on “DaySide” to answer my questions. And then he cancels at the last minute — or worse, just doesn't show up.
Well, I'm exposing these shenanigans because I think you ought to know what's going on.
The PR flaks for the Saudis got very upset when I said this on the air today and suddenly Prince Bandar called me live on the air. I applaud him for doing that — but the proof is in whether he actually shows up for the interview which he promised me today he will do.
I'll keep you posted.
Wednesday, May 12: Cowards
If you're an Arab head of state, you should condemn the beheading of Nick Berg (search). If you're a Muslim cleric, you should condemn the beheading of Nick Berg. Publicly. Loudly.
Don't say it privately; that requires no guts whatsoever. I want to know where there's an Arab, or Muslim leader with the spine to take to the airwaves and say on worldwide TV and radio (newspapers too) that the savages who killed Nick Berg are outcasts from the Muslim world and will be put on trial if caught.
I'd like to see a fatwa issued. Clerics had no problem issuing a fatwa to kill Salman Rushdie for writing a book. I say, issue a fatwa condemning Abu Musab al Zarqawi to hell. Label him an infidel. Tell the Muslim world that it is their duty as Muslims to find him and turn him over to authorities.
I have no mercy for the people in that video who slaughtered Nick Berg. None. They are not people.
And I have no respect for any Arab or Muslim leader who remains silent about this.