June 20, 2006, - 9:35 am
By Debbie Schlussel
Gee, it wasn’t bad enough that several of the 15 of 19 hijackers on 9/11 were Saudis who studied aviation here in the U.S.
Now, Saudi Arabia, our “ally on the War on Terror” (the “ally” which is actually fomenting the Terror), is sponsoring AVIATION SCHOLARSHIPS for Saudis to study in the U.S. Talk about Chutzpah. Hello? . . . . Haven’t we been there, done that?
Isn’t it about time that we restrict aviation training in the U.S. to nationals of non-terrorist-linked nations? And shouldn’t the Saudis still be ashamed (not that they ever were) of their U.S.-aviation-educated countrymen who murdered nearly 3,000 Americans? Well, why should they be–with the way the Bush Administration panders to them?!
And, by the way, we’ve already written about Mana Saleh Almanajam and Shaker Mohsen Alsidran, two of the Saudi men already here “learning English” on similar Saudi scholarships. They’re the two men who went on the “joy ride” on a Tampa school bus, one in a trench coat on a hot Florida day, in an apparent dry run for a terrorist attack. (More about them here, here, here, and here.)
Here’s more of the story on the aviation scholarships, from Saudi Arabia’s government-operated English propaganda rag, The Arab News:
Saudis Offered Scholarships for Aviation Courses in US
Lulwa Shalhoub, Arab News
JEDDAH, 20 June 2006 – The Ministry of Higher Education and the General Authority of Civil Aviation are offering scholarships to Saudi men and women to study various majors related to civil aviation in the United States. . . .
The scholarships are available in majors such as communications, electrical and computer engineering, computer science, systems analysis, air traffic control, flight safety, and other majors related to the airline transport industry. . . .
Applicants for the bachelor’s program must have a minimum score of 85 percent in the science section and 90 percent in other sections, such as Qur’an memorizing . . . .
There are various scholarships this year being offered by the Saudi government to the US, Japan, South Korea, Malaysia, Singapore, India, China, Australia and New Zealand.
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