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Re: US foreign policies
Posted By: jon, on host
Date: Thursday, September 20, 2001, at 14:59:38
In Reply To: Re: US foreign policies posted by Dave on Thursday, September 20, 2001, at 14:54:53:

> The one "policy" I hear quoted as having a possible direct relation to this attack is the US "occupation" of the Islamic holy land of Saudi Arabia. The Saudis gave us permission to station troops there during the Gulf War, and basically, we never left. So we now have permanent bases in Saudi Arabia. Islamic fundamentalists see this as an affront to their beliefs, since two of the holies citiets of Islam (Mecca and one other I can't think of off the top of my head) are in Saudi Arabia.
> I don't think this is a very good excuse to attack us, personally.
> -- Dave

I concur. Since the US was asked to enter in the first place...perhaps the US should ask the Saudis to put the question to a vote. If the Saudi people want the US out, the US could leave, and the Saudis could face the consequences, for better or worse, of their decision. Not that this is likely to happen.