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Submitted by Stephen (Canada), Dec 11, 2002 at 13:34

Hello Mr. Pipes,

Your article is interesting, however, it might have been appropriate to comment on the relationships of these executive branch politicos with other countries, other than Saudi Arabia. Can the same be said for Israel? However, they don't have to be bought with lucrative contracts or legitimate business dealings, as with the Saudis- as you state, but work for free? Yeah, right! They just work for them for far more lucrative deals, getting elected on a pro-israel agenda. No need to pay afterwards. What is more corrupt, paying up front or later? Which is less legal?

Find balance in what you state. It is the same argument used regarding parental rights in Saudi Arabia. A handful of custody battles, legitimate or not I make no judgment, however, aren't there more custody battles in other countries? Yes! But, why do we bash the Saudis? Relentlessly. In the world opinion, the USA, is faulted for worse behavior, much worse. We just can't stand that Saudis run their country the way they do. Well, you know, many people are not happy with the way the USA handles its affairs. Where does this leave us? Long lists of abuses on both sides. So what, evolution of diplomacy and human rights will always prevail. On whose agenda should this process be promoted and in what time frame? A mutual one would be best...


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