Why should we respect this Saudi Law?

Discussion in '2003 Archive' started by Joseph_Botwinick, Jul 6, 2003.

  1. Joseph_Botwinick

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    http://www.cbsnews.com/stories/2003/07/03/60minutes/main561622.shtml

    Why doesn't the United States go and rescue these American hostages from Saudi Arabia? Certainly there is more of an American interest here in rescuing and protecting American citizens who are being held hostage than there is in Liberia. Perhaps, tolerance and diversity is the reason why we let these children continue to be held against their will and abused by this "peace loving" society who are our "allies". Where is the UN? Where is the outcry for justice and doing the right thing? Doesn't Bush care? Or is he too busy trying to gain Mid East terrorist alliances to help in Afganistan and Iraq?

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  2. Haruo

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    I was supported under the armpits by Marines and "escorted" backwards out of the US Consulate in Z├╝rich in 1973, so the idea of not being protected and helped by a US consulate is not incredible to me. And all I was trying to do was find out how and where to wire myself money to get home.

    That law is pretty bad, and it's inexcusable of our government to honor it the way it does.

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  3. Bob Farnaby

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    A question ... what would you think if the Saudis (or any other government) sent their troops into your country because they didn't like one of your laws? .. I f an American father was keeping his son/daughter in the US when the other parent wanted them in a different country?

    Not easy, not always what the news media portray.

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    That's a good question for Joseph, Bob. Personally, I am not in favor of military action in a case like this, as Joseph appears to be, but I agree with him that the Saudi law does not deserve the kind of uncritical acceptance the US appears to accord it. Suspected terrorists held in US custody who have British or Australian citizenship, from what I've read recently, are receiving more sympathetic legal attention from your governments than these American-citizen children apparently have from ours.

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    America wouldn't do something like this as was proved by Elian Gonzales, which, unlike many Republicans, I supported the decision of Clinton and Reno in this case. The bottom line is that their law is violating the rights of American citizens and they are holding our citizens (children, no less) hostage. I do not recognize such laws as worthy of respect. If America ever did something like this, not only would I support military action against her, but I would also probably join them. However, being a free country (for now until the liberals take that away), we just would not do something like that which makes your question purely academic.

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  6. Johnv

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    You too? I was starting to feel like I was the only one.
     

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