Politically and practically our relations with Saudi Arabia are important. The Saudis will continue to be the No. 1 oil producer for years to come. We certainly want them on our side.
The role played by Saudi citizens in the 9/11 terrorist attack was significant. Many were from well-to-do families. Some had contacts with Saudis living in the United States. We will never prove if they informed the king or not.
As an American, I believe that many people in the government and non-royal families knew what was going on. The fact is, no Saudi approached the U.S. government about the coming attack. This should have been a warning to us as to how many Saudi people feel about us. It isn’t a good feeling. However, we need each other.
The U.S. government should again take a leadership role and work with them to bring stability to the area. If Russia and Iran’s expansion isn’t stopped soon, we are heading to World War III.
Jorge L. Blanco, Key Biscayne