Following are excerpts from an interview with former Lebanese minister Wiam Wahhab, which aired on Al-Jadid/New TV on December 1, 2008:
Wiam Wahhab: What Saudi Arabia is doing is worse than occupying Lebanon.
Interviewer: What is it doing?
Wiam Wahhab: Saudi Arabia is taking Lebanon... This royal family has no future in Saudi Arabia. Take it from me.
Wiam Wahhab: Let me tell you what will happen...
Interviewer: This is a deeply-rooted family, which founded Saudi Arabia.
Wiam Wahhab: This family took over a piece of land, which it called "Saudi Arabia," but its real name is the Arabian Peninsula. This is a pure land with wonderful pan-Arab people. This family distorted this land. Historically, this family was originally Jewish.
The Saudi regime is the source of terrorism worldwide. Mumbai? I believe they are behind it. Of course. They are behind it indirectly.
This stupid Saudi ambassador [to Lebanon] sent a letter to the Syrians, through a certain Lebanese man...
Interviewer: Why do you call him stupid?
Wiam Wahhab: Because he is stupid. He thinks [the Syrians] are like the people who brought a safe to the embassy, with $100 million, which were allocated for the elections.
Interviewer: How do you know how much...
Wiam Wahhab: People tell us... He takes money from the safe and pays people in cash. He sent a letter to the Syrians, asking them to talk to me, so that I'd stop attacking Saudi Arabia. He doesn't realize nobody tells me what to do.
Interviewer: Iran and Syria don’t take good care of you?
Wiam Wahhab: The Iranians and Syrians don't pay. I ask them, but they refuse.
Interviewer: That's a good one...
Wiam Wahhab: I didn't get even a carpet from Iran.