Politics, life, music and other stuff from someone who doesn't know anything.
As a presumably hetrosexual American male it took a tremendous amount of courage to hold another man's hand while walking in front of cameras for all the world to see. It also took courage for Prince Abdullah to hold Bush's hand - he can be seen as a puppet of the U.S., or conspirator against islam. Let's ask ourselves why they acted in this way before we jump to condemn it. It is quite obvious what this holding hands business was all about. Both parties were making an incredibly powerful statement - without having to say a word. That statement clearly stated, that nothing, not religious fanaticism, not terrorism, not cultural and religious differences, not political differences - that nothing will stand in the way of the special economic (oil), and strategic (Military) relationship between the U.S., and Saudi Arabia (Saudi royal family). Bush didn't have to do this, he knew it would open him up to criticism, but he boldly proceeded. While I feel that our dependence upon green house gas producing fuels is in dire need of replacement, and that it would serve Saudi Arabia better to diversify their economy, I also believe one must give credit where credit is due. Both men share a common enemy, one that has only, and could only, harm U.S., and Saudi interest. Even if we disttust both parties, we must admit this makes for good political theater. ETK
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