Oh God, Destroy America

I found this on some wall opposite to a highly guarded residential compound in northern Riyadh:

Oh God, Destroy America

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5 thoughts on “Oh God, Destroy America

  1. Ouch.. pretty harsh but eh.. I don’t think it’s that big a deal.

    In Germany I remember seeing the same things written on walls all over the place in Deutsch (I also remember seeing the words “go home monkey army” on the gates to a compound belonging to the American army). I recall somethings quite similar in France, as well. It’s the high price of being on top of the world, baby. Frankly, I’m sure America cares less.

  2. Hey!

    I have a question for u.. and i mean this in the nicest way possible.. how many hours do u spend online everyday?.. -be honest!-
    :)

  3. Farooha: Yeah, it’s no big deal; it’s just “eye-catching”.

    DiDi: I spent the whole day trying to figure out if you meant that I’m spending too much or too little time online ;-) Either way, let’s say that my net usage is pretty limited here in Riyadh: on weekdays I spend one or two hours in the morning, on Thursdays one hour usually in the afternoon, and on Fridays I’m officially offline for the whole day.

  4. No, actually we do care. We just expect it as a given condition from Muslims. It just hurts a little more to have it come from a country that we were INVITED to defend the borders of during the first Gulf War only to discover ten years later that the very presence of our infidel bodies on your soil offended the local religious sensibilities so much that it’s safely fashionable for us Americans now to be sneeringly called “judgemental” at best to being thought of as deserving candidates for annihilation as evidenced by that graffiti.

    Meanwhile, here in the United States you can operate a mosque respected as a tax-free religious institution. If this is what is tantamount to a “War On Islam,” we Americans are doing a piss-poor job of it.

    Anyhow, I just sent a less-diplomatically-restrained-than-it-should-be nastygram to the American Ambassador Oberwetter’s Embassy staff and to the U.S Consulates in Jeddah and Dhahran regarding the Rabbah al-Quwai appeal, and I did obliquely reference that photo as indicative of the sort of respect the U.S. Diplomatic Mission to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia gets from the country and should get from us Americans.

    It’s okay, I’m pretty sure it will be ignored. Just like that graffiti.

  5. this reminds me of what takes
    place in iran every now and then. Iranians young and old take the streets screaming passionately with lots of anger and hate:
    “death to America death to
    America”

    I feel sorry for their school
    children who seem to be taught
    by their shiia clerics to
    hate America and the west.

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