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Enough Saudi Lies

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Submitted by Pro-Israeli Democrat (United States), Jul 29, 2006 at 13:54

I actually don't find this news particularly encouraging, for a number of reasons. I think any sensible foreign policy buff, liberal, conservative, or neither, would agree that the Saudi Royal Family should not be trusted in the way Jordan or Egypt should. Saudi Arabia is probably the top sponser of terrorism in the world... worse than even Iran. It has even been called the AIDS virus of terror, and for good reason. Knowing the nature of covert Saudi activities, such a designation may even be a generous one. Unfortunately, Saudi oil money is holding the entire world hostage, and oil profits are apparently more important to cigar-smoking businessmen than the survival of Western civilization. So I don't trust the Saudi Royals. The 9/11 families who lost their relatives to Saudi propaganda certainly don't, either.

The Saudis, though, are afraid of Iran, and understandably so. There is little doubt that Iran is on a roll right now. The US invasion of Iraq and toppling of Saddam Hussein (which I have always opposed in spite of my revulsion for Saddam himself) have been a defeat for America. He was a tyrant, yes. But he was actually a major OBSTACLE to militant Islam. The major victor, of course, is Iran. It essentially controls the south of Iraq, contrary to what FOX News spin-doctors may tell you. Our ability to threaten Iran has been hindered, thanks to such a costly adventure by the Bush administration. I have had enough of the incomptence of this Administration. It is, at best, a paper tiger. Most Americans have. Though I am a hard-core democrat and domestic policy liberal (though certainly more hard-line on foreign affairs), this is not a knock against Republicans. When it came to foreign policy, Ronald Reagan was one of our best presidents EVER (up there with FDR). America made a heck of an impact on foreign policy and looked damn good doing it. In 1986, Iran feared us. In 2006, they are laughing at us, while they enrich uranium and scream Marg Bar Israel, Marg Bar Amrika on "Jerusalem Day."

And what do we get for it? The answer, of course, is nothing. We have an Iraqi Prime Minister who refuses to even condemn the Hezbollah attacks. We also have about 3,000 American soldiers dead. We should not have invaded Iraq at all, much less when we were still rebuilding Afghanistan. A better decision would have been to initiate airstrikes against Iranian nuclear facilities, and to have begun doing so about now. We would also be in greater position to liberate the country and make way for SECULAR democracy if necessary. Democratic leader Howard Dean put it perfectly when he called the $500 billion spent on Iraq a waste of money. Indeed it is. It was simply the wrong war, and by empowering Iran, it has put Israel in greater danger.

Until the problem of Saudi Arabia is solved, though, the war on militant islam will not be won. Invading the Kingdom is not a feasible option....the result would be true worldwide jihad. The key to starving that despicable regime lies in oil independence. Military force is an element of this war. Energy independence, though, is the most important of all. This way, the US and the other democracies can gain independence from the so-called "moderate" Arab states. Americans have had enough of the blackmail, incompetence, and lies. So don't trust Saudi Arabia just because they happen to be wary of militant Shiites. When it comes to the mideast, we should not trust ANYONE.


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