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To commenter Alan Linden. Check the facts.

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

Submitted by Ron McGail, Phd (United States), Dec 14, 2002 at 20:14

False. Only abour $2B. Mostly spent is the good old USA. Creating jobs for Americans.

What do we get from Israel? How about bombing Iraqi Atomic Reactor in 1981? How many American boys were saved ten years later, Mr. Linden? How about Bin Laden equipped with Saddam's Islamic Nuclear Bomb? Sounds scary? To me it is.

Or better yet, would we even consider to go to war against a cruel dictator equipped with Atomic Bomb? How about testing American made weapons in the desert wars and help make it superior and defeat Russian Evil Empire as a result? Who knows how many American lives are saved in various conflicts around the world.

Ask any American service man or woman for their opinion about Israel. You will be enlightened. How about being one of the world most vibrant democracies in the most hostile and dangerous and corrupt neigborhood full of Saddams, Kaddafies, Hummeinis, Arafats, Yassins, Nassrallahs, Assads, Sahuds?

Democracy in the sea of Repression. High tech, world class science and impressive culture in the Middle Age backwordness! Celebrating LIFE in the middle of Culture of Death. Oasis in the desert! This is Israel!

How about pioneering commando operations against international terrorism, when our "Europeans friends "all but capitulated? Remember Entebbe, Uganda 1974?

As far as I am concerned it is the best value for the buck. Frankly, I wish you were right. It worth $10B. Consider how much money (and American lives) we spent during liberation of the "enlightened" Kuweitis. As you probably know they are our "best allies" in the current Iraqi compain. Remember Saudi Embargo in 1973? With friends like this, who need anemies?

Another dictator and Talibanist, Musharaf of Pakistan. 1 Billion for this great "ally". 2 Billions for Mubbarak of Egypt, another "democtat", oppressor of Coptic Christians and Gays in Egypt. May be investing in our Best Ally Israel is no such a bad thing after all? Think about it, Mr. Alan Linden.

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