Saudi Arabia – Coming hot on the heels of the tower crane disaster two weeks ago, when a tower crane fell on the the Grand Mosque in Mecca. Killing 118 people and injuring 394.
God has signaled his continued displeasure at al Saud by at killing least 717 and injuring some 850 in a stampede in central Mina. Though there are also reports that the final death toll may well rise up to 1500.
The Arabic-language daily al-Diyar said in a report on Thursday that the convoy of Prince Mohammad bin Salman Al Saud played a central role in the deadly crush on the third day of the annual Hajj pilgrimage earlier in the day. With his convoy is reported to included 200 soldiers and 150 police officers escorted the prince.
Somewhat predictably al Saud blames the pilgrims for tragedy with Saudi Arabia’s health minister blaming the pilgrims for the deadly incident, saying the tragedy would not have happened if they “had followed instructions.”
“Many pilgrims move without respecting the timetables” established by authorities, Khaled al-Falih said, adding that this is the “principal reason for this type of accident,” El-Ekhbariya television reported.
“If the pilgrims had followed instructions, this type of accident could have been avoided,” he said.
We at The Bastard on the other hand cannot help thinking on the old saying often misattributed to Euripides, “Those whom the gods wish to destroy, they first make mad”
There is no shortage of madness in al Saud.