Jewish World Review June 23, 2003 / 23 Sivan, 5763
Held in Saudi Arabia against their will --- for oil!?
American women and children continue to be held in Saudi Arabia against their will. The cream puffs at the State Department can call it what they want… but if it were our children trapped in a foreign land, we'd call it kidnapping.
Women have few rights in Saudi Arabia. Like the Taliban, our so-called Saudi allies prohibit women from leaving the country without their father and husband's approval. Thirteen years ago, an American woman actually got kicked out of the U.S. embassy for having the nerve to escape there with her children.
It seems the children's father regularly beat the woman and children. Reports of other American women and children trapped in Saudi Arabia continue surfacing at an alarming rate --- despite Prince Bandar's September promise that no American women and children would be held in his kingdom against their will.
Well, today's news made the Prince out to be a liar.
23-year-old Sarah Saga and her two children escaped to the U.S. embassy to get away from another abusive Saudi relationship. Miss Saga's story is typically tragic: Her Saudi father kidnapped Ms. Saga when she was 6 years old and refused to return her to her American mother. Saga grew up and was forced to marry a Saudi man; she had two children, and then found herself trapped in an abusive relationship.
Last month she tried to take her children home to America, but once again, the Saudis refused and offered Ms. Saga a Sophie's Choice: Your freedom or your children.
Already facing death threats, Ms. Saga chose to escape Saudi soil and finally come home to American soil.
But the question remains. Why does our administration and Congress continue allowing the Saudis to kidnap our women and imprison our children? If Iran were to do such a thing, we would quickly declare war. It begs the question, is the pursuit of cheap oil really worth selling our nation's soul?
I think not.
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