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These issues are being glossed over

Reader comment on item: The Scandal of U.S.-Saudi Relations

Submitted by Bob Bugiada (United States), Jan 10, 2003 at 09:37

None of this is news to me. As an engineer working for a company that has projects in Saudi Arabia, I heard lots of stories. My colleagues could not bring any religious symbols with them, or Bibles. One had a People magazine confiscated because it appeared pornographic to the Saudis. On the departing flight, the stewardess's call, "OK. Who wants drinks?" was cause for celebration. Even here, Jews and women were not supposed to work on these projects.

I don't understand our government's silence on this. My hope is that addressing Saudi Arabia is on our list of actions in our "War on Terror," but we need to do other things, like go into Iraq, first. Since 1990, I've been saying that we need to go to the Middle East and "clean house." The source of terror is militant Islam, and the place where it originates is Saudi Arabia.

Pakistan is another issue in which our government is mysteriously silent. They appear to ideologically support the terrorists, but publically side with us. My belief is that Saudi Arabia and Pakistan are "allies of convenience," and that ultimately they will be dealt with by the West.
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