Wednesday, February 15, 2006

Al Gore Speaking in Saudi Arabia

From an article in the Feb 13th Washington Post, pointed out to me by a friend:

JIDDAH, Saudi Arabia -- Former Vice President Al Gore told a mainly Saudi audience on Sunday that the U.S. government committed "terrible abuses" against Arabs after the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks, and that most Americans did not support such treatment.

Gore said Arabs had been "indiscriminately rounded up" and held in "unforgivable" conditions. The former vice president said the Bush administration was playing into al-Qaida's hands by routinely blocking Saudi visa applications.

"The thoughtless way in which visas are now handled, that is a mistake," Gore said during the Jiddah Economic Forum. "The worst thing we can possibly do is to cut off the channels of friendship and mutual understanding between Saudi Arabia and the United States."

Gore told the largely Saudi audience, many of them educated at U.S. universities, that Arabs in the United States had been "indiscriminately rounded up, often on minor charges of overstaying a visa or not having a green card in proper order, and held in conditions that were just unforgivable."

"Unfortunately there have been terrible abuses and it's wrong," Gore said. "I do want you to know that it does not represent the desires or wishes or feelings of the majority of the citizens of my country."

Hmmm. Maybe some of the quotes are out of context, but still, what was he thinking?


At 11:21 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

It's even worse. It didn't even appear in the Washington Post, but was only available on their website. The New York Times similarly published nothing about Gore's comments.
Why is this?
People should be under no misapprehension that the mainstream US media is hopelessly biased.


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