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The problem is that the Saudis can get away with anything!

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Submitted by Kenneth S. Besig (Israel), Mar 2, 2005 at 06:34

Those liberal media outlets which are using this case of an Islamic American terrorist to criticize Saudi Arabia's human rights record, as well as to exploit that record to besmerch the Bush administration, are wrong but they are also right.

Saudi Arabia has trampled on the rights of Americans inside Saudi Arabia for decades. American children born to mixed Saudi and American couples have frequently been kidnapped by their Saudi fathers, taken to Saudi Arabia and held against their will in total contempt of international treaty, international law, and the American legal system. These kidnappings are protected by the Saudi government and have all too often also enjoyed the connivance of the American consular officials in Saudi Arabia.

On the other hand, for the liberal media to only concern itself with the Saudi violation of the legal rights of this American born Islamic terrorist regardless of the crimes he has committed or had planned to commit is absurd and cries out for admonition.

In any event, one can argue that the apparent American, and European, governmental indifference exhibited over the years towards official Saudi human rights abuses has encouraged the Saudis to believe that they can get away with just about anything.

And that is a real problem.
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