Nur al-Cubicle

A blog on the current crises in the Middle East and news accounts unpublished by the US press. Daily timeline of events in Iraq as collected from stories and dispatches in the French and Italian media: Le Monde (Paris), Il Corriere della Sera (Milan), La Repubblica (Rome), L'Orient-Le Jour (Beirut) and occasionally from El Mundo (Madrid).

Sunday, October 02, 2005

The Israeli Guide to Arab Relations

Iraqi Interior Minister Bayan Baqer Solagh has been devoting a great deal of time studying the guide.

Chapter 9: Relations with Saudi Arabia.

The best way to address a member of the Saudi royal family is to recall to him his beduin ancestors. A reference to camel riding, camel herding or camel kissing is essential to making a good impression. Should your nation be wracked by civil war, enemy occupation, or a bloody Salafist insurrection (with which the Saudis could exert some quelling influence) and you require foreign financing on the grand scale, including Saudi billions, it is recommended that you seek out the nearest outlet to global media, preferably while in the capital of a country not your own, to throw flowers at his feet.

Thus, you may address any Saudi royal present (and he might also serve as a high-ranking minister--this is to your advantage), by complimenting him on his reeking scent of camel and his pleasing though perhaps slightly dusty pastoral demeanor.

15:43 Iraqi Interior Minister Bayan Baqer Solagh delivered a vitriolic verbal attack on Saudi Arabia Sunday while in Amman, declaring that Baghdad had no lessons to learn from a "beduin on a camel", referring to Foreign Minister Prince Saud al-Faisal. The words were uttered while Iraq had dispatched an envoy to Saudi Arabia to attend a meeting of the Committee of Arab Ministers which is studying ways of providing more assistance and support to wartorn Iraq.


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