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Reader comment on item: What Riyadh Buys [in Washington]

Submitted by Jack Ajzenberg (Canada), Dec 11, 2002 at 10:44

So very well put. The abject surrender to the corrupt lure of Saudi bribes by officials ostensibly dedicated to public service changes the practise of public service to the practise of personnal service. This vacuous, opportunistic roadmap for personal gain is abhorrent and violates every principle in service of the common weal. It cannot be tolerated as it is both profoundly corrupt and puts at risk Western security.

With respect to the sanctions you proffer, I suggest that consideration be given to raising the bar to allow for class action suits against both individuals profiting from their nefarious relations with the pervasive Saudi corruption and against the specific U.S. government departments providing the legitimating context for illegitimate and dangerous adventurism. Further, it would certainly further illuminate the oleaginous Western entanglements with Saudis if a spotlight was cast on the hordes of Western corporations on the take and on the Saudi payroll.

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