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Dealing with Saudis

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Submitted by Rip Gorman (United States), Jan 9, 2003 at 18:52

I lived and worked for Saudi Aramco in the 1990s. I was at Dhahran during the Gulf War.
This article is right on the money. I am sick and tired of us treating the Saudis as if they were our friends, much less giving into them on every issue.
They have no redeeming virtues and there is no reason why we should not include them in our "axis of evil."

Also, Islam is NOT a religion of peace. I have also worked in Yemen, Turkmenistan, and Indonesia. I have visited in Jordan, Bahrain, Kenya, and the Emirates. Believing Islam is a religion of peace is no more than wishful thinking. There are simply too many good books available to anyone who is interested in the subject. Every person in the free (non-Islamic) world should study this religion so they can cut through the hogwash the media and government provides.

I can, sort of, understand why G. W. Bush can find it difficult to say, openly, what Islam really is. However, he should quit giving in to them. We built the air bases in the Magic Kingdom, we should use them whenever we like. What are they going to do about it if we do use them? Belgium could whip Saudi Arabia in two weeks, if they did not have us protecting them.

Hang in there. You folks do great work.

Rip Gorman
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