Kansas City Faith Blogger Questions Morality Of US Alliance With Saudis

A former local newsman offers his perspective and more resources on US partnership with a brutal, totalitarian Islamic regime.

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Here's the crux of his ethical quandary . . .

One reason I link you to the Atlantic story today is that Saudi Arabia continues to challenge the moral center of the U.S. and our leaders. Our government has tolerated a wide range of human rights restrictions and abuses by the House of Saud in part because our country has depended on Saudi's oil to power our vehicles.

For quite different reasons, Russia has challenged our moral center, too, especially in its invasion of Ukraine. And in turn our political leaders have been much more willing to do what they can to punish Russia's dictator than, historically, they've been willing to criticize or work against whoever holds the title of king in Saudi Arabia.

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