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Submitted by john w. mcginley (United States), Aug 10, 2004 at 14:24

As always the information you provide performs a good service. Thank-you. I have mixed feeling about "The Saudis." "Sleazy" is the first word that comes to mind when I think of "the House of Saud." "Sleazy and hypocritical" is the phrase which comes to my mind when I think of Americans, in and out of government, (formerly in the governement) who talk one talk and walk another walk. I have never forgotten that 15 of the hackers came from rich or middle class Saudi families. Nor do I overlook the fact that some of the terrorists "captured" by the Saudis are living a pretty good and happy life. Finally, Saudis in and out of the government (and always facilitated by the the Saudi government) funded Al Qaeda for over two decades and still do. Sleazy, Sleazy, Aleazy. But in reality what can be done except for calling the Saudis on what they are doing and continully "nudging" them in the right direction. We're walking on quicksand in the middle east. Absent the "House of Saud" what in fact would happen in that land whose oil we still depend on. Plus there is an impetus for more democracy in that land by virtue of the hopes and expectations of the growing middle class in that land. The best thing we can do is to do what you just did in your article. Mercilessly PUBLICIZE the toady Americans who are funded by theSaudis and Saudi fronts. Those are my thought. John w. McGinley
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