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Monday, October 20, 2003


Dean hits Saudis on terrorism

posted by Aziz P. at Monday, October 20, 2003 permalink View blog reactions
(reg. reqd) This is what being "even-handed" means - fresh off his meeting with the AAI, Dean spoke to a group of Jewish leaders in New York and came down hard on the Saudis and terror:

Saudi Arabia is funding Hamas and the hatred of Christians and Jews all over the world, Democratic presidential hopeful Howard Dean told a group of Jewish leaders in New York on Friday.

Dean, who caused consternation among Israel supporters last month for comments that the US should take a "middle path" if it wants to be an honest broker of an Israeli-Palestinian peace deal, said one of the weaknesses of US President George W. Bush's foreign policy is that it does not deal forcefully enough with Saudi Arabia.

Dean said arms sales to Saudi Arabia should be used as leverage with the Saudis, even though the US is not interested in bringing about a revolution there. He said that, if elected, dealing with Iran, Syria, and Saudi Arabia would be a focus of his foreign policy.

According to Dean, the US should make public the role Saudi Arabia plays in world terrorism. He took the Bush administration to task for censoring 21 pages of the government's report on the September 11 attacks, saying this was done in order to hide Saudi involvement from the public.

Personally, I think that Dean is on the right track, but isn't being careful enough to distinguish between the Saudi royals and the parasitic relationship they have with the Wahabbi theocrats. This is a crucial distinction. He's absolutely right and in fact in agreement with the Saudi royals about the 28 pages of classified info - the saudis want it released also so they can face the accusations directly.


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