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By Geoff Metcalf

June 21, 2004

"Cry havoc and let loose the dogs of war�."

The slaughter of Paul Johnson should result in severe draconian consequences. The murder of Johnson was not just a horrific 'event'�it is a component of a 'process' and demands a response.

Saudi security types reportedly tracked down and killed the leader of the terrorist group "in a swift retaliation". Too little�too late.

The death of Abdulaziz al-Mogrin, the supposed leader of al-Qaeda in the kingdom, is being sold as a coup for the Saudi government. It 'could' have been�and 'should' have been. However, in reality 'the operation was successful�but the patient died.'. Anonymous Saudi officials said five Saudi security officers were killed in the gun battle. Two suspects escaped. Two suspects ESCAPED? Again?

The Saudis seem to make of habit of letting bad guys escape. Maybe we should let Delta, or Seals, or even a Texas Ranger show them how to GET the bad guys?

The video posted to the Internet, and the pictures the Drudge Report posted from that video showed a hooded al-Mogrin shouting demands. Hey, how do we know it was al-Mogrin? Who WAS that masked man?

Americans and most certainly American politicians are loath to do what is necessary to respond to the terrorist tactic of kidnapping/murder/snuff films.

In December of 2003 Tom Marzullo wrote that "The newest tactical plan in the Islamist propaganda campaign is to create and distribute videos to the media showing the actual rape/torture/murder of westerners specifically kidnapped for these productions." Marzullo is a former Special Forces operative and led the effort to debunk the phony CNN/Time 'Tailwind' story about nerve gas.

The cowardly maggots who killed Johnson were demanding the release of prisoners held by the Saudi Government. Despite the absurdity of their demands and the policy of both the U.S. and the Saudis NOT to negotiate with terrorists�that was their story. It was hollow and disingenuous at best. The terrorists intended to kill Johnson, video tape it, and disseminate the tape.

There ARE consequences to the things we do in life. The Saudi Government should parade all the terrorists prisoners they were ordered to release onto a parade field�and televise the beheading of each and every one of them.

The murder of Johnson was not merely an attack on an American. It was part of a terrorist plan to undermine and eventually oust the royal family of Saud from leadership in Saudi Arabia.

Notwithstanding the fact the Saudis have contributed to enabling terrorists by supporting the Wahabbi sect, now is the time for them to demonstrate some of that harsh Koranic justice. Sharpen the swords and start taking heads and hands.

The U.S. can issue appropriate 'shame on you' diplomatic letters of outrage but we should encourage the Saudis to do what we cannot or will not.

President Bush said the slaughter "shows the evil nature of the enemy we face." You damn betcha it does. "America will not retreat. America will not be intimidated by these kinds of extremist thugs." He said.

Saudi Arabia is now faced with the consequences of the deal they made with the devil. The royal house of Saud has been a passive co-conspirator and enabler of the Wahabbis. Now the Wahabbis and their extremist products are reneging on the original deal and targeting the Saudi status quo. Reciprocity is in order.

In a 1988 novel, 'The Terrorist Killers', the protagonist says, "Extreme evil requires extreme justice. I am here to tell you that no terrorist anywhere in the world is safe from us. We will find you wherever you hide. Anyone who aids terrorist shall be treated as a terrorist. Any fool who commits an act of terrorism from this moment forward will be signing the death warrant of his parents, wife, and children. Towns that harbor terrorists will have their police chiefs and mayors assassinated and court houses destroyed. Henceforth, terrorism is forbidden by order of International Terrorist Suppressors."

Sixteen years later that fictional solution seems increasingly appropriate.

Sadly, America cannot and would not take the necessary steps that would shock the first Athenian lawgiver Draco.

However, Saudi Arabia is a monarchy. Martial law is not a threat but a reality with the pampered billionaire princes.

The terrorist threat is no longer targeting just 'the infidel' but those who don't embrace the gospel according to Wahabbi.

The United States can't start chopping off heads and regress to the barbarism of our enemy. However, we can and should encourage our 'allies' to take care of business consistent with their cultural mandates.

With a wink-wink/nudge-nudge we should encourage the Saudis to sharpen the swords and let the dogs out....

� 2004 Geoff Metcalf - All Rights Reserved

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"The death of Abdulaziz al-Mogrin, the supposed leader of al-Qaeda in the kingdom, is being sold as a coup for the Saudi government. It 'could' have been�and 'should' have been. However, in reality 'the operation was successful�but the patient died"