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With friends like the Saudis, who needs enemies?

Thank for publishing commentator Nathan Gonzalez' "Time to break up with Saudi Arabia" (Sept. 29).

Sadly, Western leaders have made a deal with the Devil on the theory that "the enemy of my enemy must be my friend." It has led to their foolishly supporting Saudi Arabia's ruling elite while turning a blind eye to anti-Western activities there.

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There is plenty of evidence that Saudi Arabia has sought to spread extremist anti-Western Wahhabi Islam in Bosnia, Kosovo and elsewhere, threatening the very nature of civilization in the Middle East. At the same time it is patently obvious that Western leaders want to keep cheap Saudi Arabian oil flowing and create new markets for their arms industries regardless of the moral cost.

Saudi Arabia is not a democracy in any sense of the word. It is really an autocratic feudal kingdom that sponsors anti-Western and anti-Christian terrorism. This is incompatible with Western democracy, Western values and the 21st century. With friends like the Saudis, who needs enemies?

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Michael Pravica. Henderson, Nev.

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