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  •  I've read Arab News religiously (none)
    a Saudi publication.  Never was their one good comment about the war, or any promotion of it.  They can switch to Euro dollars too.  Iraq was selling oil with no embargo during Saudi Arabia's wealthiest years in the 1970s.  Ever since the embargo started on the IRaqies their economy has declined.  Explain this.  

    Stop the war! Draft Bush voters!

    by NoAlternative on Wed Jan 12, 2005 at 03:24:25 PM PST

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    •  Who said the Saudi media (none)
      would be selling this war to their own population directly?

      This isn't about the Saudi street backing the war, but the Saudi Royal family playing off one against another and being "agnostic" on the issue by and large.

      As far as the Saudi economy, it is a staggeringly corrupt kleptocracy, even Bandir admits to over half a trillion dollars in "misappropriated" funds (60 mins a few years back).

      cheers,

      Mitch Gore

      Nobody will change America for you, you have to work to make it happen

      by Lestatdelc on Wed Jan 12, 2005 at 04:45:02 PM PST

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      •  Arab news was hardly agnostic (none)
        and if the royal family were for the war, that paper wouldn't have come out so strongly against it. It was outright opposed.  It maybe a kleptocracy, but they didn't promote the war and their only opposition is bin Laden.  There is no alternative to them from an American standpoint.

        Stop the war! Draft Bush voters!

        by NoAlternative on Thu Jan 13, 2005 at 07:50:02 AM PST

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        •  Nice strawman... (none)
          first, if the Royal's were against this war, you would have seen real protest form the Royal family, including an embargo.

          Second, the Royal's have been foisting internal dissent onto anti-westernism for decades. This "agnosticism" from the royals by not supporting the war, but also not really condemning it in any substantive way is a means to play to the cliche Arab street.

          This is the same balancing act they have done for years, trying to thread the needle of railing against the "evil west" while being in bed with the same "evil".

          This is what the Shah dismissed outright (he was a US creation through and through) and which lead to his regimes downfall.

          cheers,

          Mitch Gore

          Nobody will change America for you, you have to work to make it happen

          by Lestatdelc on Thu Jan 13, 2005 at 10:58:33 AM PST

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