Suicide bombers destroyed a housing compound in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, on November 8th. Seventeen men, women, and children were killed and more than one-hundred twenty were wounded. Those killed included citizens of Lebanon, Egypt, and Sudan as well as Saudi Arabia. The al-Qaida terrorist group has reportedly claimed responsibility for the bombing.
The bombing was carried out during Ramadan, a time sacred to Muslims. Most of the victims were Muslims. And among the items captured in recent months from al-Qaida terrorists by Saudi police are copies of the Koran containing bombs. Despite their claims to be pious Muslims, the actions of these terrorists show them to be the enemies of Muslims and people of every faith. U.S. State Department spokesman Richard Boucher says they are also the enemies of every regime:
"They're attacking civilization itself. And if you've listened to any of these al-Qaida messages, the Osama bin Laden messages or other things, they heap just about everybody into their list of folks that they they want to attack. . . . They're associated in attacks in democracies and non-democracies alike."
Al-Qaida is believed to be behind the May 12th, 2003, bombings in Riyadh that killed about two dozen people, including nine Americans. Since then, Saudi security forces have arrested or killed hundreds of terrorists, captured large amounts of weapons and explosives, and broken up numerous terrorist cells. The Saudi government says it will make no compromises with the terrorists.
Saudi Arabian government spokesman Adel al-Jubeir said the terrorists will be defeated:
"Al-Qaida is trying to destroy the Saudi state. They're trying to take over the country. We are locked in a struggle with them that we have every intention of winning. "
Al-Qaida terrorists have made it clear, once again, that there is no weapon they will not use, no person they will not kill, no country they will not attack, and no law -- human or Divine -- they will not break to serve their twisted aims. The world must stand united against them.