Saudi Blackmail

August 1979
New Republic;8/18/79, Vol. 181 Issue 7, p5
Criticizes the fact that U.S. President Jimmy Carter promised Saudi Arabia's King Khalid bin Abdul Aziz noticeable progress on the Palestinian question in return for an extra million barrels of Saudi oil. Author's claim that the price of accepting the gift is far too high, in both strategic and moral terms, for America to pay; Author's argument that if the U.S. had rejected the PLO-inspired demands out of hand, Khalid would have been secure in his failure, and would have prevent Khalid from becoming a permanent blackmailer; Author's view that Saudi foreign policy is based on perceived need to appease Arab hardliners and forestall internal unrest.


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