It seems like only yesterday that Tarek Fatah was fulminating about how Arab distortions had wreaked havoc upon Islam's teachings, and how sharia as practiced in Saudi Arabia (also in Iran) must be banished from modern Islam. But there he was on The Michael Coren Show yesterday, urging Coren and the National Post's John Turley-Ewart to visit Saudi Arabia. The place has really changed, says Fatah. Woman are opening businesses. And the king--he's the one pushing the change, though he's being resisted by those lower down. You must visit, gushed Fatah, you really must!
Funny, I seem to have missed the story about how the custodian of the two holy mosques (sites which, last time I checked, were still strictly off limits to Coren, Turley-Ewart and, indeed, all infidels lest they defile them with their kafir cooties) has renounced "jihad is the way; sharia is the goal"; how he has he suddenly turned over a new non-supremacist, non-sharia leaf. Missed it, because it hasn't happened and will never happen. My question: what, if anything, is behind Fatah's sudden burst of enthusiasm for the Wahhabi king?