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Christian Science Monitor and Saudi-US Fence Around Iran

Dear Editor of the Christian Science Monitor,

Your paper's March 26 editorial titled A Saudi-US Fence Around Iran was more than just biased in favor of US aggression in the Persian Gulf region. It falsified critical and well-established truths about Saudi Arabia's corrupt ruling elite and the origins of international terrorism. Since when are the Saudis "trying to curb the influence of radical, violent Islam"? Was it not funds and diplomatic support from Saudi Arabia's fanatic ruling clan that made the training and arming of the world's most fanatic jihadis possible?

You are whitewashing at least a quarter century of Saudi sponsorship of extremism that began during the Soviet occupation in Afghanistan and eventually reached New York and Washington. Your own paper reported extensively on Saudi-financed terror across the world until so recently that the proverbial ink you printed with is hardly dry. Do you take your readers for fools?

If I had lost a loved one in the September, 2001 attacks, I could hardly forgive you for falsely trying to redirect my grief and anger toward Iran with statements like, "A bolder Saudi Arabia and a more diplomatic US could make a good team in curbing radical Islamists in the Middle East." Besides, how do you justify blaming Iran for belligerent, hostile, and radical conduct in the region (your words) when it was Washington that first helped Saddam Hussein's genocidal war on Iran and later savaged Iraq and destabilized the region? You have abused your press freedom and betrayed your professional obligation to inform your readers.

In disbelief,
Rostam Pourzal

... Payvand News - 3/27/07 ... --

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