Saudi Arabia Calls American Occupation 'Illegitimate'
One of Bush’s biggest buddies in the Mideast, King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia, described the Iraq war as an “illegitimate foreign occupation” while pleading for Arab unity. His remarks came during a summit of the Arab League, which plans to approach Israel with a renewed diplomatic effort.
The Saudi monarch insisted said the “real blame” for Arab woes lay with squabbling Arab rulers, who could only prevent “foreign powers from drawing the region’s future” if they united.
“In beloved Iraq, blood is flowing between brothers, in the shadow of an illegitimate foreign occupation, and abhorrent sectarianism threatens a civil war,” said the king.
“In wounded Palestine, the mighty people suffer from oppression and occupation,” he said.