Saturday, July 15, 2006

I find it interesting that Arab ministers and officials have historically always been mocked in the US press. But lately, when they have become far more vocal in their servitude to the US government, they are now treated with respect and affection. Suddenly, the House of Soud has emerged as a fountain of wisdom. It is all about how they handle the Israel question, I argue. This just reminds me of that column by Thomas Friedman when he suggested that the US will work fine with House of Saud is they get friendlier toward Israel. It is all about that. That was when Thomas Friedman's "peace" plan became `Abdullah's plan.