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Monday, May 09, 2005

HuffPost reveals Saudi doomsday machine

Arianna Huffington, the Platonic ideal of a liberal elitist, today launched The Huffington Post, a group blog containing such brilliant political minds as Ellen DeGeneres and John Cusack. But their ramblings weren't the blockbuster that launched the HuffPost. The big story was much more troubling:
According to a new book exclusively obtained by the Huffington Post, Saudi Arabia has crafted a plan to protect itself from a possible invasion or internal attack. It includes the use of a series of explosives, including radioactive “dirty bombs,” that would cripple Saudi Arabian oil production and distribution systems for decades.
Yikes. That's a pretty strong charge. On one hand, there's some believability to it. The corrupt Saudi government hates the West, but is in the peculiar -- and lucrative -- position of supplying the lifeblood of modern civilization. Therefore, it makes sense to ensure that the House of Saud, and only the House of Saud, controls the flow forever. On the other hand, as Dr. Strangelove told us:
Yes, but the... whole point of the doomsday machine... is lost... if you keep it a secret! Why didn't you tell the world, eh?
If the Saudis really claim this power, it's either an amazing bluff or a stunning instance of asymmetric warfare. Stay tuned for more on this one.

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