Pubdate: Sun, 24 Feb 2002
Source: Contra Costa Times (CA)
Copyright: 2002 Contra Costa Newspapers Inc.
Author: Christopher R. Lucas


Because of our mass addiction to wasteful oil consumption, our government 
consorts like a crack addict with that corrupt and perfidious petroleum 
pimp, Saudi Arabia, a barbaric nation of polygamous patriarchs without 
democracy or even the most basic emancipation of women.

Shackled to our addiction to over consumption of oil, President Bush is 
meek and gentle with the Saudi Arabian back-stabbers. No nationality is 
more connected to al-Qaida and the Sept. 11 attacks than the Saudi Arabian, 
but the Bush administration simply accepted the Saudi refusal to provide 
information about possible suspects connected to the Sept. 11 attacks.

If we cannot quit our self-destructive oil addiction, we can at least cut 
back. But we will never see the White House creating ads that urge 
conservation as a way to deprive the Saudis of funds for jihad against 
America. Vice President Dick Cheney, no stranger to investments in Saudi 
Arabia, once chided conservation as contrary to the American lifestyle. 
That deep denial makes the hypocrisy and scapegoating of the White House's 
drugs-support-terrorism ads stink like a fresh oil spill on a pristine 
tropical beach.

Christopher R. Lucas, Concord
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