Our relationship with Saudi Arabia

  1. I don't watch "The View," but if anyone caught this interview, I'd be interested in hearing your opinion/observations. I don't understand why we continue to be civil with Saudi Arabia when things like this are going on.



    "Pat Roush, whose daughters were kidnapped by her ex-husband and remain captive in Saudi Arabia, will be a guest today on ABC's "morning chatfest," "The View," which airs at 11 a.m. Eastern time.

    Earlier this month, Roush testified before the House Government Reform Committee, telling her heart-rending story and asking for assistance in freeing her daughters. The girls' father kidnapped them 16 years ago and has now married them off to Saudi men. Although they have expressed a desire to return to the U.S., the young American women are not free to do so under Saudi law."
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  2. 12 Comments

  3. by   fergus51
    It's disgusting, but we should not forget parental abduction cases similar to this happen in a lot of countries, I even saw an article about a man in Greece who wouldn't allow his American ex-wife to see the daughter he kidnapped. I think our gov't needs to do more to help these poor kids.
  4. by   Stargazer
    I don't understand why we continue to be civil with Saudi Arabia when things like this are going on.
    C'mon, you know the answer. Say it with me, kids--oil!
  5. by   prn nurse
    I think it also presents an opportunity to teach our own daughters a lesson. That lesson is , "When you go off to college and meet a young man from another country, if you marry and have children, and later divorce,....his country recognizes his rights as a custodial parent." His country will not view his custody of the children as a "kidnapping."
  6. by   live4today
    Originally posted by Stargazer
    C'mon, you know the answer. Say it with me, kids--oil!
    OIL!!! O EY OYL...OIL!!! Aint that the truth!
  7. by   sandstormsdust
    I can't see why the US keeps in contact with all the countrys that they will benefit from... irregardless of what other countrys are suffering they just seem to forget them... but the ones that they can gain something from - they are the first to defend and help out.... I like to think of the forgotten ones...

    There is no greater love then he who lays down his life for his neoghbours... just isn't cutting it this time... ~tears
  8. by   prn nurse
    Isn't that simple common sense?

    If you have something I need and we make a deal. You sell it to me, I buy it. Maybe next month, I will have something you want. Or maybe a bully is making your life miserable. Maybe I can help you. Isn't that simple friendship and reciprocity and courtesy?
  9. by   Figaro's Mom
    I hear what you're saying about oil.....but Russia has as much (if not more) oil as (than) Saudi Arabia, and we've gotten MUCH closer to Russia lately. Hello, Mr. Putin!
  10. by   Josefin
    Originally posted by prn nurse
    I think it also presents an opportunity to teach our own daughters a lesson. That lesson is , "When you go off to college and meet a young man from another country, if you marry and have children, and later divorce,....his country recognizes his rights as a custodial parent." His country will not view his custody of the children as a "kidnapping."
    Well, let´s be sensible here. Thise kind of "kidnapping" could take place in ANY county, eaven in our own. Just because you marry a person from another country it does´nt mean that this person could kidnap the kids with support from another countrys law. Laws are (as you know?!) different in every country, for example no EC-country (Greece is a part of the EC) would automaticly give the father the custody of his children. And I also believe that maniacs exists in every country, eaven in the US. A fact though is that the culture in muslem countries (middle east etc) is more likely to see the man as the "family leader" than other countries.
  11. by   prn nurse
    "Possession is 9/10 th's of the law. " It is difficult to try a case in court in the country the children are in. If the children are in Saudi Arabia or Norway (there was a famous case 3-4 years ago of American mom-Norwegian father. ) The Norwegian father took his children to Norway. The American moms' traveling to another country and hiring that country's attorneys and trying to persuade the fathers country that the children are there illegally is a difficult argument ... to persuade the judge that the children do not have a rightful place in the fatherland.
  12. by   stressedlpn
    Originally posted by prn nurse
    I think it also presents an opportunity to teach our own daughters a lesson. That lesson is , "When you go off to college and meet a young man from another country, if you marry and have children, and later divorce,....his country recognizes his rights as a custodial parent." His country will not view his custody of the children as a "kidnapping."
    I have lived in terror for the last 6 years every since my ex-husband threatened to take my daughter to the Phillipines were he has duel citizenship. Momma warned me should have listened.
    Anyway my good ol' hillbilly daddy caused him to to reconsider. the idiot walked into the local hangout knowing my whole family of over 6ft tall men who all are very protective of lori would be there never did find out what happened just know the next day billy signed away all rights to lori lol. Lesson of the day...........Always listen to your momma
  13. by   cmggriff
    stressed,
    Sometimes, your redneck relatives can be very handy. Gary
  14. by   NZ RN
    hmmm
    the US -Saudi arabia issue...
    well i am both an outsider, and in a way an insider, as i am from NZ but working in Saudi.
    the ties between saudi in the US seem to be basically oil, and the US wanting it, and that the US has been involved and present in Saudi and the developement of the coutry for so long. although this is much i dont know about.
    as i am fair skinned i am always asumed to be american by the locals or new ppl i meet. there are many assumptions and misconceptions made about the US as well.
    i dont know if that makes any thing clearer...
    i doubt it does!!

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