The Crown Prince doesn’t want women in air traffic control
towers when he flies into Texas. And, voila! Despite federal
laws against gender-based discrimination, the Prince’s wish is
The Crown Prince threatens President Bush—on his home
turf—that if the U.S. doesn’t change its policy toward
Israel, the U.S. will suffer greatly. Rather than take this
threat seriously, and kick out this royal ingrate—whose
country still exists today by virtue of our boys fighting their
Gulf War--the Saudi Prince’s wish is granted. Voila! Suddenly,
Israel—under pressure from President Bush—agrees to let
homicide-bombing-commander-in-chief Yasser Arafat roam the
Is this America?
Not the America I know.
The America I know wouldn’t let some bloated, kefiyeh-garbed,
unelected foreigner dictate what we do in our country. It’s a
matter of sovereignty. And it’s a matter of decency--given the
Prince’s and his terrorist-host nation’s behavior, this
weekend and since Saudi Arabia’s existence.
But America did that over the weekend.
The National Air Traffic Controllers Association confirmed
that Abdullah requested no women work as air traffic controllers
for his flights. But that’s not the outrage. The outrage is
that we complied—that our FAA rolled over and did as he asked,
then lied about it. Finally, a potential class-action
gender-discrimination lawsuit against the government that would
certainly be meritorious.
Are the Saudi’s running our country? Remember where this
Not in Abdullah’s country. In ours. Not in Prince
Abdullah’s country—the Arabia of monarchical barbarism via
the house of Saud. In our country—the one of the Fourteenth
Amendment, and equal protection of the laws and due process of
If that were not enough, according to Friday’s New York
Times, Abdullah told Bush that “the United States must temper
its support for Israel or face grave consequences.”
Grave consequences? Just what does this mean? That’s a
rhetorical question. It’s quite obvious what the Prince means.
He’s threatening America. On American soil. In our own
President’s house. Talk about chutzpah.
But instead of doing the right thing—and like a true Texan,
telling this rattlesnake where to go—President Bush gave in to
him, forcing Israel to give Abdullah’s friend Arafat the
freedom we’d never give Abdullah’s friend Bin Laden. Talk
It’s because of such unearned U.S. obedience to them, that
the Saudis—home to 15 of 19 of September 11th hijackers (more
than 75%)—are not ashamed. Instead, they are emboldened. Their
recent propaganda ad campaign—fortunately, rejected by most
cable networks--actually has the gall to claim, “The People of
Saudi Arabia—Allies Against Terrorism.” (It’s a
thirty-second ad, because one can only fertilize for so long.)
Is there another “People of Saudi Arabia”? Because the
Saudi Arabia located in the Middle East held a telethon raising
millions for terrorist homicide bombers. The Saudi Arabia I
know, during that telethon, proclaimed that Jewish women will be
their slaves. As a Jewish woman, that’s enough to make me sick
that my President is meeting with their crown Prince.
Prince Abdullah, I’ve got a message for you: My President
may kowtow to you. He may act like your slave. But I will never
be. We, in the United States, have a state called New Hampshire.
It’s license plates say, “Live Free or Die.” That’s my
motto. Got that, Prince? The very few Jews left in your country,
under Saudi law akin to Nazi law, can’t own weapons and are
treated like dung. But in this country, we have a Second
Amendment and an NRA to protect it, so I can protect myself from
terrorist-vermin whom Your Royal Lowness funds.
Despite the Saudi propaganda machine in action. Here’s the
real story. Saudi Arabia is one of the biggest sponsors of
terrorism on the planet. And their gall on our own soil spans
beyond Abdullah’s Excellent Adventures. There’s his niece
Princess Bunieh a/k/a “Bonnie,” who last year kept a
Filipino slave, beat her, and threw her down the stairway, in
That’s the real thirty-second Saudi commercial. “Hey
Saudi Princess Bonnie, you’ve just tortured and given your
slave a concussion, what are you going to do next?” “I’m
going to Disneyworld.”
The Saudi gall on our soil goes beyond Abdullah and
“Bonnie.” It goes to financing terrorist operations here.
Recent raids by federal agents on prominent Saudi-funded Muslim
institutions suspected of funding terrorists and Islamic Jihad
Chief/University of South Florida professor Sami Al-Arian, were
precipitated by a lawsuit filed by former Federal prosecutor
John Loftus. Loftus’ lawsuit, as well as U.S. government
warrants and affidavits, say that the Saudis laundered over $1.7
billion to terrorist operations via the Northern Virginia Muslim
umbrella groups. Even more frightening, one of the groups,
Graduate School of Islamic and Social Sciences, conducted the
U.S. Government-authorized training of Muslim chaplains for the
U.S. military and prisons--all while it laundered money to
In the late ‘80s--before Washington intern meant Chandra
and Monica--I was an intern for several Congressmen on Capitol
Hill. And I saw the Saudi propaganda machine in action.
While many special interest groups, from the Southern Catfish
Farmers to the National Funeral Directors Association held luxe
receptions for Congressmen and Senators, the sneaky Saudis held
a giant reception for college-aged interns at the Washington
Convention Center. Complete with belly dancers and an exhibit on
“Prince Bandar in Space,” I figured interns would see beyond
the free hummus and falafel.
I figured my fellow leaders of tomorrow—whom the Saudis
were trying to entice--wouldn’t be that gullible, that they
wouldn’t be remaking Jimmy Buffett’s songs into
“Shishkabobs in Paradise.” It wasn’t my fellow interns,
but my future President--the son of the then-current one--I
should have been worried about.
With Princes like Abdullah and Bandar, we’d be better off
with another Prince—as in the artist former known as
Prince—hanging out at the Bush Ranch.
Debbie Schlussel is
a political commentator and attorney. She is a frequent guest on
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