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October 8, 2003 No.
585

Saudi Princess Assails American History and Policy

Saudi Princess Reem Al-Faisal, [1] granddaughter of the late Saudi King Faisal, [2] is a photographer [3] and writer. The Saudi English-language daily Arab News published an article on October 3, 2003 in which she criticized the U.S. The following are excerpts from the article: [4]

American Actions are the Apex of Evil in History

"The Americans insist that most criticism directed toward their policies stems from a deep-seated anti-Americanism which the entire world has been suffering from since the founding of the U.S. In fact, I find that the world has been more than forgiving toward the Americans from the very beginning.

"If you take a quick look at American history, you will realize instantly that the atrocities committed by the Americans on their fellow man might be one of the worst in human history, and that's saying much - one, because humanity has reached levels of evil that no other creature on earth can compete with, and two, because the very short history of the American nation makes its crimes even more shocking when compared with other, more ancient lands.

"The Americans are responsible for one of the most thorough and extreme genocides in history, that of the Native Americans. Yet the world still sees it as a benign and innocent state which faced great challenges and surmounted them through ingenuity and perseverance. As the Americans proceeded to the extermination of the native people of the land they were conquering, the world looked the other way even though it was generally well documented and the few of them who are left still suffer from discrimination to this day…

"How dare America look the rest of the world in the face, when it refuses even to admit or ask forgiveness from just these people it has so wronged.

"You talk about anti-Americanism. I say the world is besotted by an America which never even existed. The land of the free and the home of the brave only exists in the song and nowhere else. It is time for us, the rest of the world, to see America as it truly is, just another nation with great gifts and terrible faults.

"There is nothing special about America, and we, and most of all the American people, must begin to admit this. When we begin to view America in the light of reality, then we might begin to avoid the horrors which have been wreaked on humanity by those who think they are above the rest."

Genocidal U.S. 'Crime' in Iraq

"It is time for the American nation to acknowledge its crimes and apologize and ask forgiveness from the many people it has harmed. Beginning with the Native Americans, followed by the Africans and South Americans, right through to the Japanese, who have suffered such horror by being the only race to know the true meaning of weapons of mass destruction.

"The U.S. should leave Iraq after apologizing for over a million dead after an unlawful embargo and a colonial war which at best is a farce and at worst a crime… Are the Americans willing to admit their mistakes? This is the most important question of the 21st century, since much of the world's safety depends on it."


[1] The Saudi Arabian Information Resource, a Saudi government site, notes that she is in fact a princess, although her description in Arab News does not; http://www.saudinf.com/main/y2418.htm.

[2] Several news reports have identified Princess Al-Faisal as King Faisal's granddaughter. For example, see the Associated Press article: http://www.newstribune.com/stories/022703/fea_0227030941.asp.

[3] Princess Al-Faisal's work can be viewed at www.speos.fr/portfo_faisal.html

[4] http://www.arabnews.com/?page=1§ion=0&article=32938&d=3&m=10&y=2003