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Saturday, October 15, 2005

Starting with Iraq

The Guardian, October 15:

"George Bush told Tony Blair shortly before the invasion of Iraq that he intended to target other countries, including Saudi Arabia, which, he implied, planned to acquire weapons of mass destruction.

"Mr Bush said he 'wanted to go beyond Iraq in dealing with WMD proliferation, mentioning in particular Saudi Arabia, Iran, North Korea, and Pakistan,' according to a note of a telephone conversation between the two men on January 30 2003."

Australian journalists should ask Prime Minister John Howard if he had similar discussions with Bush or Blair prior to the Iraq invasion. Besides, the chance of America seriously challenging the Saudis is next to impossible to imagine. Oil dependence is too crucial for the American economy.

5 Comments:

Blogger Pete's Blog said...

AL

Amen to your last para.

The US (like everyone else) considers the Saudi's bastards.

However in the State Department Saudi Arabia is on the "our bastards" list along with Indonesia etc.

So they haven't been caned by the boss.

Sunday, October 16, 2005 1:29:00 am  
Blogger Wombat said...

Not to mention Bush's family loves these bastards and that these bastards have 6 trillion invested in the US.

Sunday, October 16, 2005 7:53:00 am  
Blogger Shabadoo said...

If we were to make war on Saudi Arabia, I would be absolutely first on line at the recruiting station, begging them to take an old coot with a bad back like myself. Saudi Arabia is the font of so much evil in the world, and damn if it wouldn't be great to take the whole place over and treat those bastards like they treat all the poor Asian guest-workers they enslave.

"Prayer break? HA! No worshipping black stone for you!"

Sunday, October 16, 2005 9:40:00 am  
Blogger leftvegdrunk said...

Shab:

"In a war you kill the people who are the victims of the tyrant you clain to be fighting against."

Sunday, October 16, 2005 10:56:00 am  
Blogger Wombat said...

For thosse who haven't read it, I would strongly endorese reading "Confessions of an Economic Hitman" by John Perkins.

He reveals the incredible dealings US sorporatinos made with the Saudis and the pacts that were forged to keel the House of Saud feeling very secure.

Had it not been for these contracts and agreements, the Hosu eof Saud I'm sure woud have topploed a long time ago.

Sunday, October 16, 2005 2:05:00 pm  

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