Link $20B Deal to Saudi Behavior

[New York Post] Robert Chamberlain - The time has come for the U.S. to challenge Saudi Arabia to act as an ally. Half of the suicide bombings in Iraq are carried out by Saudi citizens, and of the 135 foreign fighters in American detention facilities, half are Saudi. Instead of help from Saudi Arabia, we get high-ranking Saudi officials who encourage Saudis to join the insurgency in Iraq. Elements of the Saudi government do indeed fight terrorism - by exporting Saudi terrorists to Iraq. It's time for the administration to take off the blinders when assessing bilateral relations with the Saudis. The U.S. should threaten the Saudis with the prospect of losing the recently announced $20 billion arms deal unless the Saudi government shuts the faucets of terror and extremism spewing suicide bombers. The writer is an associate analyst at the Institute for Gulf Affairs in Washington.

2007-08-08 01:00:00

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