posted on 01/16/2002 8:48:20 AM PST
They took out a full page ad in Dallas Morning News stressing Saudi American friendship.
posted on 01/16/2002 8:50:52 AM PST
I guess it's an oil thing? Why would we be friends with a government that harbors terrorists and spawned 14 of the 19 Sept 11th terrorists?
posted on 01/16/2002 10:01:19 AM PST
They doth protest too much methinks...
posted on 01/16/2002 10:35:46 AM PST
Saudi Arabia has been indirectly spitting on the United States. Friends do not do this, so you cannot say they have been our friend. Now some of them have suddenly decided they would like to "stay"
We'll think about it.
For starters, they must stop financing international terrorism. If they do not, conflict is inevitable. They seem to be learning fast, so I think they will come around.
We can live without their oil. They could quit selling oil tomorrow and the world's other oil producers could make up the shortfall easily.
The only reason I can see to care about Saudi Arabia is Mecca. If relations got so bad that we actually went to war with them, it would have the potential to unify Islam against us. In the end we may have no choice, but we should avoid that if we can.
Saudi Arabia is like a giant Indian reservation in the desert, coddled and petted by the US Govt, only they kill you for gambling.
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