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Answers to your ten questions.

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in response to reader comment: Time to teach the Saudis a lesson in humility.

Submitted by Kevin M (United States), Apr 6, 2006 at 12:32

Having lived in Saudi Arabia (1996-2000) as an expat worker for four years, I feel I might have something to contribute.

1. Aren't the Saudis our (best) friends?

No. No. and No.

2. Do the Saudis look down on Americans?

The overwhelming majority of them look down on us and envy us simultaneously. In all fairness, a great many of them are perfectly reasonable and good-natured. But look down on us? Oh, yeah!

3. How do Saudis treat non-Saudis and/or non-Muslims in Saudi Arabia? (including Pakistanis, Indonesians, Malaysian, etc., also)

I can't think of how many books have addressed this. If you are not a Muslim, you are something to exploit and detest. Again, not all feel this way, but that's the default viewpoint.

4. Does a successful Iraq mean Saudi Arabia loses stock/power/clout as the worlds major oil provider?

Very likely, but I am not a petrochemical expert.

5. What are Saudi Arabian top ten largest investments in the United States? (i.e. Hollywood, MSM, Oil, Ports, Airlines, Defense Provisions, Horses??)

I have no idea.

6. Are the Saudi oil wells and manufacturing industry booby-trapped with explosives to prevent anyone from taking them over?

There is that theory, which Dr. Pipes has addressed before. I would not be surprised if they were, and I would not be surprised if they were not.

7. Are the numbers of Saudi students in the United States actually higher now that pre-911?

Good question, but I don't know the answer.

8. Are the individuals/families of Saudi beneficiaries of the massive profits of the Saudi oil exports/sales doing anything in the world that benefits the needy, where they do not directly benefits from attached strings?

When the Saudi government gives $ to "the needy," they have one and only one "gift": copies of the Koran. Or they'll fund the construction of mosques. Or perhaps quietly send some $ to "Islamic Charities" (read: terrorist camps).

9. Are the Saudis responsible for funding anit-American, anti-Constitution groups in the United States?

YES YES YES YES YES!!!!!

10. Has Saudi Arabia misused the profit form oil exports, and used these resources to subjugate the West, the United States?

"Misused?" Depends on how you define proper use. According to the prevalent notion of what is proper in Saudi, I would think that the Saudis have not misused any profit; they are very, VERY effective in devoting their funds to achieve their desired goals. Think about all the Islamic schools and universities in the US that promote jihad, hatred of Jews/Israel and all non-Muslims. They would think that very proper. Perhaps you and I would not.

PS: I do not hate the Saudis, but I am not so stupid to trust them farther than I can throw them.
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