Sunday, June 10, 2007

We could pay a grave price for our addiction to arms deals

by Carne Ross from The Guardian

A simple question for those who affirm the realism of British policy towards Saudi Arabia: are political repression and autocracy likely to feed terrorism? If yes, then our policy is precisely wrong. We are supporting the very thing that will perpetuate our terrorist problem. For decades, western policy towards Saudi Arabia has been about arms sales, oil, and deference to the autocrats. The recent history of Saudi-origin terrorists - 15 of the 20 September 11 hijackers - suggests at the very least that this policy may not be working.

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