Arab Governments Weigh Support for U.S.

(Austin American-Statesman/AP) Hamza Hendawi - Despite America's sagging image in the region, many Arab regimes know they have little choice but to stay friends with the U.S. For a multitude of reasons, the U.S. likely will find many Arab rulers offering everything from discreet logistical support to unfettered use of territory and airspace in the event of war with Iraq. "There is a silent majority among Arabs that says the region without Saddam would be a much better place," said Dawood al-Shirian, of the Saudi-owned Al-Hayat newspaper.

2002-12-17 00:00:00

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