July 21, 2005, - 1:45 pm
By Debbie Schlussel
Saudi Ambassador to the U.S., Prince Bandar–a bad guy, is now being replaced by a worse guy, Prince Turki (full name: Prince Turki Ibn Al-Faisal Al-Saud), who was head of Saudi Intelligence (that means he likely personally killed some people).
According to the Financial Times, Turki headed Bin Laden’s Saudi Arabian Al-Qaeda recruitment efforts. He was named in a lawsuit filed by 9/11 victims’ survivors, as a financier of Al-Qaeda, but a State Dept.-style judge ruled Turki had diplomatic immunity. Turki negotiated agreements with Bin Laden giving him and Qaeda financial support, in return for Bin Laden’s promise that terrorism would be limited to other countries, and that he would not directly target the ruling Al Saud family (of which Turki is a prominent member). His sister, Princess Haifa Al-Faisal, paid rent for two of the 9/11 hijackers, Khalid Al-Midhar and Nawaf Al-Hazmi. And, of course, being the loyal bro that he is, Prince Turki defended her.
Here’s Prince Turki in Der Spiegel on his ambiguously gay crush on Osama Bin Laden:
“I have met Osama bin Laden five times . . . . [H]e was an interesting man . . . . At first he seemed shy, friendly, almost gentle. He was soft-spoken . . . . His presence, dignified and reserved, must have made an impression on the Afghans. . . .”
Gee, that Osama, what a cool dude!
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