Date registered: Sep 2004
Vehicle: 2014 E250 Bluetec 4-Matic, 1983 240D 4-Speed
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RE: The image of Saudi Arabia in the world
You have to be kidding. Saudi Arabia is the top of the heap of all the nations in the Middle East, a beacon the others follow, more or less. And Saudi Arabia's image is of a country of extremists. Extremely rich, greedy and selfish oil families and a nation of essentially beggars, kind of overlaid with a blatant disregard for human dignity and barbarianism. With nothing to do, really, the beggars have been paid off by the selfish rich families to do just about anything but mess with the rich families. When that included blaming the United States for their plight, well that was ok because it wasn't messing with the rich families. When that included murdering thousands of Americans, that was also ok too because it was not messing with the rich families, really. Of course a two faced Prince or two made suitable proclamations and declarations of support for the United States and against terror, but nothing changed. Until the beggars started messing with the rich families.
If I had it my way, I would blockade all of the Middle East and dissolve all their bank accounts. All trade for oil would be on a bartering system where you got something you needed for oil we or another Western or Asian country needed. There would be no travel to or from the Middle East allowed once all Middle Eastern nationals were deported from where ever in the world they might be outside the Middle East. Only goods going in and oil coming out. Until the Middle East's problems were fixed - no more terrorists and no more abject poverty coexisting with obscene wealth.
I would spend everything I could to end the dependence on oil for energy for the entire world, and eliminate the source of the troubles we are having. With the Middle East focussed on solving their problems there might be an eventual change. But only if the Middle East manages to make the necessary changes because they want to, which means if they would prefer to remain as they are, it would be fine because we would have very little contact. As I see it, it has never been more clear that we need the oil from the Middle East but would be much better off skipping dealing with the people there. Jim