Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Message by omission

Saudi Press Agency --

Riyadh, Muharram 17, 1435, Nov 20, 2013, SPA -- An official source stated that the government of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia strongly denounces and condemns the cowardly terrorist bombings in the Lebanese capital Beirut yesterday. The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia extends condolences to the families of the victims and the Lebanese government and people, wishing all injured a speedy recovery. The source added that the Kingdom reiterates its stance towards condemnation of terrorism in all its forms and manifestations, whatever its origin or motivation. --SPA 

You'd never know from that statement that the bombing targeted the embassy of Iran. It probably didn't help that Hezbollah blamed Saudi Arabia for the bombing, unwilling to recognize the blowback and asymmetric response created by its own actions in Syria.