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Saudi Arabia vs. Iraq

Reader comment on item: [Saudi Arabia:] Not Friend or Foe

Submitted by Patrick Griffiths (Canada), Aug 20, 2002 at 23:49

Like Iraq, Saudi Arabia is a brutal and un-democratic regime. The Saudis produced 15 of the 9/11 hijackers, they exported bin Laden rather than jailing him, and they provide huge amounts of money to terrorists organization. They are one of the worst violators of human rights on the planet - no freedom for the press, no religious freedom, no rights for women, and public beheadings to name just a few of their crimes. In my opinion, they are a bigger threat to the civilized world than Iraq is. The US, Canada and Europe should wean themselves from Saudi oil at all costs, and refuse to deal with these barbarians. The free world must pursue all reasonable alternatives such as reducing consumption, exploiting oil reserves in other parts of the world, and developing alternative sources of energy. In my opinion, the most patriotic act one can perform today is to leave the gas guzzling SUV in the driveway and take the bus. Every dollar NOT spent on oil is a dollar that isn't going to fall into the hands of Saudi princes supporting terrorism.
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