Tuesday, November 13, 2007

The Saudi High Life

Here is an interesting story. It's not too surprising when you think about it.

In the annals of excess, it could be a new high: a more than $300 million dollar, super-sized luxury airplane, bought and outfitted solely for the private comfort of a Saudi Arabian billionaire.


Instead of funding schools that teach kids that Israel and the U.S. are responsible for the sufferings of the Palestinian people, you'd think they could build schools that teach kids how to control their own destiny, feed kids, and create jobs with ventures that employ the people that live in Gaza and the West Bank.

But no. They would rather use every bit of oil revenue on the countless palaces, jet liners, and other extravagant purchases, while their brethren suffer.

Now, I am no socialist by any stretch of the imagination. In fact, I pretty much loathe it. But, they are so far ahead of people they claim to have a kinship with and yet they do not invest their vast surplus into real people with real lives. What little money is given, quickly ends up in terrorist hands, because of the network they were able to build (because the area has been kept so impoverished).

I would think all of the good socialists of the world would be appalled at this. If they are, it rarely gets said. But, just let something happen in Gaza or the West Bank and we'll all hear our share of how it's America's and Israel's policies that make these people hate us so much. Never mind that Saudi Arabia's royal family is living the high life and using passive techniques to withhold aid from people, in order to oppress them.



11 comments:

Mustang said...

All of the good socialists in the world are rich, too. That's why they're socialists, so they can control other people's money, too.

Know what? I'd be happy with the interest on 300 million dollars for just ONE day. Dunno, I must have made a wrong turn somewhere in life.

Obob said...

and he better look out Al and Leo. Unless he's giving them a ride to the next benefit

LASunsett said...

Mustang,

//Dunno, I must have made a wrong turn somewhere in life.//

I have already welcomed you to the Blogs Banned By China club, I suppose you want me to welcome you this one too?

;)

LASunsett said...

Right you are Obob.

Al and his carbon credits, what a gasser.

I wonder if Al knows the Saudi prince lives in the desert, where trees don't grow too well?

Greg said...

I feel sick to my stomach knowing we are forced to support our enemy because we are so dependent on middle east oil. I'd be willing to pay double to fill my gas tank if I knew the gas came from an ally. On second thought, do we have any allies??

Flocon said...

Hi Greg
"I feel sick to my stomach knowing we are forced to support our enemy"
Which enemy are you talking about?

http://tinyurl.com/9n2e7

;-)

Greg said...

Flocon - yes, that one (the one on the right, of course). And the rest of his disgusting, backwards, racist family. It will be a great day when America can finally tell the Saudi Royal Family to f*ck off!

LASunsett said...

//On second thought, do we have any allies??//

France. But they haven't got any oil. If we could convert grapes into energy, we'd all be in business (until Sarko goes). But there goes the wine industry, if it were so.

I don't know, Greg. Does Easter Island count?

A.C. McCloud said...

Hey, somebody's gotta buy that behemoth. And let's face it, their 747SPs ARE getting old.

LASunsett said...

AC,

//Hey, somebody's gotta buy that behemoth//

That looks like one huge plane. It's probably got a small barracks, for the guards, in it.

A.C. McCloud said...

That looks like one huge plane. It's probably got a small barracks, for the guards, in it.

For sure. Maybe even a training camp or two.