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This is why they hate us!

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

Submitted by F. Cargill (France), Jan 16, 2003 at 12:36

Dear Dr. Pipes,

I think I cannot but agree with you that Saudi habits and traditions are far from resembling the Western ones. They are discriminatory and "medieval" to say the least.

Why is it then that the US is so eager to preserve these unaccommodating allies?

The OIL, of course.

If you ask yourself why do an increasing number of people around the planet dislike the US, this hypocrisy you describe so well in this article is one of them.

We have to understand that no one in the world is born with an innate hatred for the US. As communications and media are progressing at an accelerating pace, as the level of education in Third World countries is advancing, there is a higher awareness of global issues and a world public opinion is slowly establishing.

Why would they like the US if they see it courting countries like the KSA for the oil and condemning countries like China for "Human rights abuses" while both should be condemned?

Why would the world think America is fair when it flies to the rescue of Kosovo at the expense of little Serbia while big Russia is given freehand with the Chechens?

Why are the UN resolutions taken to their extreme last word (as they should be) when dealing with Iraq, while they are consistantly vetoed by the US when it comes to Israel?

Public opinion is no fool. Whether she has chosen to or not, America has to lead the world, it has to show more fairness and consistancy in order to rally the maximum of people around its goals and values.
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