I wonder what Bush will call the Saudi's, our previously termed "ally in the war on terror" now that they have announced they will arm the Iraqi Sunni's if the US pulls out.
SAUDI ARABIA has told the Bush Administration that it might provide financial backing to Iraqi Sunnis in any war against Iraq's Shiites if the US pulls its troops out of Iraq.
The Saudi leader, King Abdullah, conveyed that message to the Vice-President, Dick Cheney, two weeks ago during Mr Cheney's visit to Riyadh, US and Arab diplomats said.
During the visit, Abdullah also expressed strong opposition to diplomatic talks between the US and Iran, and pushed for Washington to encourage the resumption of peace talks between Israel and the Palestinians, Bush Administration officials said.
I can't see this as a call for escalation on the part of the Sunni's. As if it wasn't bad enough. Sunni on Shi'a violence continues. With Iran being only 8% Sunni, it pushes the region into a broader conflict.
From the Denver Post
A suicide bomber struck a crowd of mostly poor Shiites in Baghdad on Tuesday, killing at least 63 people and wounding more than 200 after luring construction workers onto a pickup truck by offering them jobs as they were eating breakfast.
The blast, condemned by Shiite and Sunni lawmakers, came on a day that saw the U.S. military report the deaths of five more troops. At least 59 other Iraqis also were killed or found dead, including an AP Television News cameraman who was shot while covering clashes in Mosul.
The Baghdad suicide attack shattered storefront windows, dug craters in the road and set fire to several cars. People rushed to the devastated area to see if friends or relatives had been killed or wounded. Mangled bodies were piled up at the side of the road and partially covered with paper. Two men sat on the sidewalk, crying and covering their faces with their hands.
With Bush's roadmap to the way forward, what will Saudi Arabia be called now?
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