Hey if u guys wanna look at the root of the problem then i suggest we look why many Saudis hate the Americans & the west.
This is by far the best remark ever said on this forum.
The day before yesterday on Good Morning America, Prince Abdullah was asked why 85% of Saudi's hate America. His response was simple and concise. Because of America's foreign policy that pledges full support to Israel.
It's so obvious.
They have to take a look at where the world is going, turn to democracy and respect human rights, and perhaps even join the human race (gasp!).
Marco, you make me laugh. As one who has lived in Saudi Arabia for 11 years, you really humor me. I'm laughing and disgusted with that comment.
Respecting human rights? Saudi Arabia respects human rights, they don't torcher there people, they don't execute there own people. If you break the law, you'll suffer the consequences. Consequences in Saudi Arabia are harsher, but that is because they believe in tougher tolerance than the west. Many countries are the same way. But do they hang you if you commit a crime? Do they chop off your head if you commit a crime? No, and if you honestly think that, I'm going to laugh for the rest of the week thinking about it. As for changing democracy, you don't have the right to decide for the Saudi people.
As long as Saudi Arabia is respecting human rights (which they are, they're a very tolerant country with very little crime as a result), there is not a thing the world can do to change Saudi Arabia.
Marco, how would you feel if Great Britain was trying to change the United States into a monarchy? Would you accept that? Now, obviously Great Britian is a democratic monarchy, but it's just an example.
No country has any right to decide how Saudi Arabia should govern itself. These are internal issues that the country must deal internally and no one else has the right to interfere. That's like a stranger coming into your house.
After living in Saudi Arabia for 11 years, I had a good time and life was good. I wish that Saudi Arabia WAS a democracy and had more rights for the people, but that's not for me to decide. Only the Saudi people can decide that and they don't want anything changed. They are happy with the way Saudi Arabia is governed and they don't want any changes. Only a small minority want change. Keyword, minority.
Do you see France trying to solve issues within the United States? Do you see any foreign country trying to interfere with the way the United States government is run? No, the answer is no. The same goes for Saudi Arabia.
You and I don't have the right to choose what kind of government Saudi Arabia should have nor does any country in the entire world. Only Saudi Arabia can choose it's government.
That sentence of yours really made me laugh Marco. I'm not sure if it's ignorance or if you have a grudge against Saudi Arabia. If it's the latter, a biased attitude is not warranted. You are free to dislike the way Saudi Arabia is run. I prefer the idea of democracy too, but that's not for me and you to decide.
its American Foreign Policy that is fostering the spread of radical Islamicism, sure right....
That's what Prince Abdullah said and as one who has lived in the Middle East, I wholeheartedly agree.
You don't see China being targetted by radical Muslims, do you? You don't see Russia being targetted by radical Muslims, do you?
The fact is the Middle East as a whole has a great dislike of America. Not the American people, but it's pro-Israeli government.
You know what? If the United States stayed out of the entire Israeli-Palestinian issue in the first place and if the United States did not pledge full support for Israel, the Middle East would not hate the United States. There would be no reason to hate the United States. Same reason why there is no reason for the Middle East to hate Russia and China.
A war with Iraq would only increase tensions in the Middle East and even around the world since most of the world is entirely opposed to the war. A war with Iraq will only create more hatred towards the United States and will result in the death of Iraqi civilians and US soldiers.
I don't like Saddam and as one who has lived in the Middle East and visits the Middle East every 2 years, the rest of the Arab people dislike Saddam as well. It's a misconception that the Arab people sympathize Saddam because they don't.
Saddam fired scuds at Saudi Arabia. You think Saudi Arabia will take that? He threatened Kuwait and other Middle Eastern countries.
I oppose Saddam just as much as everyone here. But a war is not warranted and not needed.
As TNNH infers, if the cable is broken in some middle easterners house, it's America's fault in their minds. Everything is blamed on us.
LOL, that's really funny........
Don't use the term "us". It's not your fault nor any other American's fault. It's your governments fault.
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