Tuesday, September 03, 2002
Our Friends the Saudis: The misogynistic Saudi regime continues to thumb its nose at the United States.
Rep. Dan Burton is leading a Congressional delegation to Saudi Arabia seeking the release of American-born women being held hostage there.
When Mr. Burton was talking with Miss Radwan at a Riyadh Starbucks, they had their meeting interrupted by a member of the Saudi religious police. Uglier still, late that night, after that meeting, U.S. Ambassador Robert Jordan summoned the congressmen to tell them he'd heard from the Saudi foreign ministry that Miss Radwan and her husband had said Mr. Burton had offered her $1 million to get on their plane out of Saudi Arabia. Though Mr. Burton is careful to say that Prince Saud did not himself accuse Mr. Burton, the foreign minister did repeat the alleged bribe three or four times during his meeting with the delegation. The Saudis have their own hardball.
There's numerous reasons why I'm not in Congress -- and this is two of them. If some punk despot had accused me of this he'd have had a black eye and some busted teeth -- international decorum be damned.
Read the whole article. If it doesn't get your blood boiling, then I don't know what would.