Letters to the Editor

America must learn Saudis not our friends

A recent writer said that the "Saudis survive and mind their own business." Well, they are surviving, for now, but hardly minding their own business.

For years, the Saudis have exported their brand of extremism known as Wahabbism by sponsoring and funding the madrassas in many parts of the Muslim world where young men learn the version of Islam that foments extremism.

It is also known that the Saudis, who are Sunnis, have turned a blind eye to the terrorism on the part of Sunni extremist groups rampaging through the Middle East and also that most of the 9/11 terrorists were from Saudi Arabia.

The Saudis also continue to lash, behead and stone those who break the laws of Islam as they have established them.

Their promoting of extremist Muslim practices and funding of terrorist groups in other countries may backfire on them, though, as fanatical groups move closer to the kingdom. They may have ridden the back of the tiger for too many years.

The awful question is: would America feel compelled to go to the aid of these treacherous "friends"?

The Saudis are not our friends and are certainly not minding their own business. The New York Times and European newspapers have written about this. When will our government stop acting as though the Saudi rulers are honorable allies? I'm sure they know the truth. Is our silence really all about oil? How sad.

Barbara Temple