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Sunday, May 21, 2017 

Wow: Trump actually did make an impact in Saudi Arabia

It looks like I may have misjudged Trump on whether he'd bring up Islamic terrorism, and also the House of Saud's oppression of women during his trip there. He gave a speech that delivered much better than thought:
Before President Trump delivered his first big international speech, an address in Saudi Arabia to dozens of Arab leaders, reports swirled that he would not utter the words "radical Islamic terror."

Of course he said the words -- repeatedly -- and much more. He lectured the Saudis on human rights, including the nation's long repression of women. And most of all, he laid out -- in simple black and white terms -- the real battle that is has been raging for two decades.

"This is not a battle between different faiths, different sects, or different civilizations," Trump told some 50 Muslim leaders gathered in an ornate conference center in Riyadh. "This is a battle between barbaric criminals who seek to obliterate human life, and decent people of all religions who seek to protect it. This is a battle between good and evil."

And Trump said the Muslim world has an obligation -- even a moral imperative -- to squelch terror emanating from the Muslim faith. "Every time a terrorist murders an innocent person, and falsely invokes the name of God, it should be an insult to every person of faith," Trump said. "That means honestly confronting the crisis of Islamist extremism and the Islamist terror groups it inspires."

And Trump appeared to give the Muslim leaders a direct order about the terrorists who declare their Muslim faith demands they kill infidels.

"Drive them out!" Trump said. "Drive them out of your places of worship, drive them out of your communities, drive them out of your Holy Land, and drive them out of this Earth!"
Yes, that's pretty good there. Even so, let's remember that Islam itself is the problem, what led to the terrorists, and that there's such a thing as taqqiya.

In fact, it should be noted that giving money to Saudi Arabia in a business deal is ill-advised, because this is the country that spawned the 9-11 hijackers. So while the speech by Trump is admirable, I'll still have to note that providing them with any resources for as long as they remain Islamic is ill-advised. The widow of a 9-11 victim wrote a letter to Trump urging him not to take any steps that could make it harder to punish the Saudis for their role in the WTC tragedy:
Ahead of President Donald Trump’s visit to Saudi Arabia this weekend, the national chair of the 9/11 Families & Survivors United for Justice Against Terrorism advocacy group wrote a letter to the leader of the free world. The letter urges him not to buckle under pressure from Saudi Arabia and potentially weaken a provision in a law that would allow the families of victims of America’s most devastating terrorist attack to sue countries involved in carrying out terrorism.
Breitbart News acquired an exclusive copy of Terry Strada’s letter to President Trump urging him to remain steadfast in his support for families of 911 victims who are suing the government of Saudi Arabia under the Justice Against Sponsors of Terrorism Act (JASTA), which was first enacted in 1976.

JASTA creates a path for U.S. citizens to file civil claims against foreign governments for wrongful deaths, injuries, and property damage related to terrorist acts that were financed by those governments. The law also removes any government’s sovereign immunity — in this case Saudi Arabia’s — from being sued if it were involved in a terrorist attack against the United States.

The majority of hijackers on September 11, 2001, were Saudi citizens.

Strada lost her husband, Tom, in the devastating terrorist attacks that claimed nearly 3,000 lives on September 11, 2001.
Read the rest for some of the letter itself. She's absolutely correct that the government cannot allow Saudi Arabia to get away with their evil.

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