June 27, 2010

An open letter to President Barack Obama

An open letter to President Barack Obama

Mr. President I write to you on the occasion of King Abdullah bin Abdul Aziz’s visit to the United States of America.

The Saudi-American relations are currently facing challenges. The bilateral relations have passed through a difficult phase since the events of Sept. 11, 2001.

Although the fact-finding committee which presented its report on Sept. 11 attack confirmed that there was no direct or indirect involvement of the Saudi government in this attack, yet the negative media campaigns have increased in the United States against Saudi Arabia, coupled with the negative statements repeatedly calling for the US to “re-evaluate its relations with the Kingdom.”

In 2005, at Crawford a meeting took place between Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah (then crown prince) and President George W. Bush. In that meeting the world witnessed the wisdom and pragmatism of Saudi Arabia, which showed its keenness to secure supplies of energy to the world as well as the Saudi interest in establishing stability, peace and security in the region.

Through my meetings with various US ambassadors, members of the honorable Senate and House of Representatives as well as the US media, I had the opportunity to explain the consequences of the US media campaign on the Saudi-American relations:

I indicated that the Saudi society is surprised by the storm of media criticism in America of Saudi Arabia. I explained Saudi Arabia’s efforts in combating terrorism. I made my point very explicitly on the draft resolution submitted by the notorious Sen. Arlen Specter of Pennsylvania, and the negative program proposed by Sen. Anthony Weiner. I also commented on the book written by the neo-conservative hawk in Washington at that time, Richard Perle.

Mr. President, I believe that both our countries share the responsibility of consolidating and supporting the media and cultural bodies that have a significant influence on public opinion. It is important to understand the strategic relationship between Saudi Arabia and the United States.

Saudi Arabia can no longer accept the media attacks directed at Kingdom’s interests. As much as you value the security and interests of your country, we too are proud of our identity, our faith, our heritage and our national interests. We are against terrorism, we are against the killing of civilians, and we are against terrorists, including those who occupy Arab lands.

Mr. President, there are few prominent names in the United States eager to pass a law to “punish Saudi Arabia.” They are: Anthony Weiner, Arlen Specter, Susan Collins, Lindsey Graham, Bob Graham and Ron Wyden. These people accuse Saudi Arabia of financing terrorist organizations. This is a repeat of lies of the Zionist lobby that Saudi Arabia encourages anti-Semitism. After Sen. Arlen Specter had proposed the “Saudi Arabia Accountability Act” in the Senate, Rep. Anthony Weiner of New York intended to submit a similar proposal to the House of Representatives. But the most negative media campaign against Saudi Arabia was the book “The End of Evil,” by the neo-conservative Richard Perle, who blames the Sept. 11 attack on the Saudi government.

Finally, Mr. President, there is the issue of the Saudi student Humeidan Al-Turki.

Now that the Supreme Court of the State of Colorado has ruled to reject the appeal filed by the defense of Al-Turki, there remains one final constitutional solution to this problem.

In 1961, President John F. Kennedy issued a presidential pardon to Hank Greenspan, the leader of a smuggling network of arms to Israel. The network that ridiculed the reputation of US intelligence.

In September 1974, President Gerald Ford pardoned President Richard Nixon for his role in the Watergate scandal that shook the US.

In 1989, President George H.W. Bush pardoned Orlando Bosch, one of the most aggressive terrorists who had masterminded the bombing of a civilian aircraft, one of his many terrorist acts.

In 2000, President Bill Clinton pardoned Al Schwimmer who was accused of organizing a network smuggling arms to Israel.

In July 2007, former President George W. Bush issued a pardon to I. Lewis Libby, assistant to former Vice President Dick Cheney after being indicted on lying and perjury charges, the most ugly charges in the dictionary of American justice. In December 2008, President George W. Bush issued a presidential amnesty for 19 prisoners convicted of exploitation of their business in helping Israel, as well as the presidential pardon of other dignitaries involved in fraud, deception and possession of illegal arms and drug trafficking.

Mr. President, is the Saudi student’s (presumably accused of harassing his maid) action more serious than charges of those convicted of election fraud, bombing planes, lying, and possession and smuggling of arms and drugs?

Mr. President Barack Obama I wish you success in your mission for better Saudi-American relations on the basis of common and equal interests of the two countries.

Abdullah Al Alami

(Saudi writer)




.. said...

Mr.Abdullah, it is sadly not only the American media that is against Saudi Arabia. I am totally surprised about the amount of Saudis who write for Western newspapers, such as the Guardian, absolutely aggressive articles, misjudging our society.
I am not saying that Saudi Arabia is perfect, neither I am saying that we should not criticize.. but in the write place and time..
And we should always beer in mind that we only criticize because we love our country and we are eager to change for the better.
I believe that this could be the best solution for changing the Western view of Saudi Arabia.

Abdullah Alami said...

I agree. I'm totally against seeking western media help to solve our own problems.

Ali said...

Ok, first of all the president of America does not, can not, and will not "control" the media. People have rights. Second, how do you claim that Saudi media does not promote antisemitism.

1) http://www.memritv.org/clip/en/0/0/0/0/189/0/2252.htm

2) http://www.memritv.org/clip/en/0/0/0/0/189/0/2061.htm

3) http://www.memritv.org/clip/en/0/0/0/0/189/0/2519.htm

These are a few of many.

Third, I suppose that the fact that 15 of the 19 9/11 hijackers are Saudi is just a random coincidence and not at all the reflection of the educational, religious, and political systems. Unless of course, it was the JEWS who did it. And don't act like you are for constructive criticism. Because obviously, sir, you are not. Another fact that is obvious is the fact that you don't feel that Indonesian house maids are full human beings. Its okay if you abuse and enslave them. Its a cultural thing.

Why are you so afraid of the Saudi Arabia Accountability Act? (http://www.govtrack.us/congress/bill.xpd?bill=h111-1288)

If the government of Saudi Arabia does not do the things that it is accused of, then there will be no sanctions.

Please contact me in Arabic or English when Saudi Arabia shuts down the Union of Good (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Union_of_Good) and other similar organizations.

Finally, I know that this has been a huge and horrible waste of my time because you will not allow this comment to be posted. Please surprise me...

Abdullah Alami said...

This blog does not respond to hate mail.
Thank you.

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