it, not end it. Pathetic.

I would say the Saudi sycophancy is just as bad, except it may be worse because for all the bad you can say about Israel's policies, they work really hard to be America's friend. USS Liberty and various other issues notwithstanding, they have been a consistent ally since day 1. Saudi Arabia? I think we all know what a 'great friend' they have been.

Posted by: Reggie at June 14, 2002 09:15 AM

Dear Matt, how could you present Daniel Pipes as objective on this issue? ANY relationship between the US and ANY Arab country violates our moral purity.

I'd take Pipes somewhat seriously if he called for removing the US air bases from Saudi Arabia. In fact the whole warblog, united against the Saudis, is just being plain dishonest about this.

Posted by: Eric M at June 15, 2002 12:43 PM

Eric -- I didn't present Pipes as objective, did I? I called him a "commentator/historian" or something like that. I don't know his work well. And what is, pray tell, that dishonest entity known as "the whole warblog"? Is it like "the whole Enchilada," mated somehow with an evil Balrog?

Posted by: Matt Welch at June 16, 2002 12:41 PM

Ha! That's good one. But I'm easy!

Pipes is a extremely political:

http://danielpipes.org/

Posted by: Eric M at June 17, 2002 09:15 AM

I think the Saudis put things into Western diplomats' coffee. While Wyche Fowler was US ambassador to Saudi the UK ambassador was Sir Andrew Green. He is the chairman of a charity called Medical Aid for Palestinians, and gives Cherie Blair slideshows about the "ruthless" Israeli occupation. See this link.

Posted by: Natalie Solent at June 19, 2002 06:07 AM
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