Saudi Arabia State Media Appears To Have Threatened A 9/11-Style Terrorist Attack In Canada
This is getting scary.
A conflict is quickly escalating between Canada and Saudi Arabia.
It all began friday when Global Affairs Canada tweeted criticism of women's rights in the oil-rich Arab country.
Canada is gravely concerned about additional arrests of civil society and women’s rights activists in #SaudiArabia, including Samar Badawi. We urge the Saudi authorities to immediately release them and all other peaceful #humanrights activists.— Foreign Policy CAN (@CanadaFP) August 3, 2018
The response from the restrictive totalitarian monarchy has been extreme. The Saudi government has suspended all trade with Canada, recalled their ambassador, and ejected Canada's ambassador from their capital Riyadh.
Saudi Arabia even posted veiled support for the independence movement in Quebec, a move that became a viral trend in the country.
State media twitter accounts have been launching attacks on Canada all weekend. But one is particularly unsettling.
According to Business Insider, Saudi state media posted a doctored image of an Air Canada flight on what appears to be a collision course for the CN Tower in Toronto.
The terrifying image is accompanied by the caption "sticking one's nose where it doesn't belong!" which could refer either to Canada's criticism or literally to the nose of the airplane flying into downtown Toronto.
The image of course elicits memories of the 9/11 attacks in New York in which two planes collided with the World Trade Center. Some of the terrorists who planned the attack were Saudi citizens.
Take a look at the screenshot from Middle East policy specialist Tobias Schneider:
Now deleted, here a screenshot of the threatening Saudi "infographic" featuring an airliner headed for the Toronto skyline. pic.twitter.com/LrkCLxxjFk— Tobias Schneider (@tobiaschneider) August 6, 2018
Though the original tweet no longer exists, Saudi Arabia has yet to clarify its intentions or to apologize for the distrubing image.
Canadian authorities are likely to respond.
Update 10:31pm: The Twitter account released an apology shortly after releasing the tweet with the airliner, stating it was not clear, innapropriate and any other meaning was unintentional.