Get closer to Saudi Arabia. Is this really the way forward for the Middle East?
According to Tory MP Daniel Kawczynski the Conservative party should enthusiastically engage with the the Saudi Government. Really?
Below are just some of the responses to his ill thought out piece on Conservativehome
This is an appalling article. Saudi Arabia are leading subsidisers and exporters of the most militant forms of Islam. The desert kingdom abuses the rights of women and there is little religious freedom. Daniel Kawczynski should be ashamed of himself. I'm ashamed he's in our party.
Posted by: Umbrella man | September 08, 2007 at 09:43
"We remember the huge support given by King Fahad during the First Gulf War in providing bases and accommodation for our troops in the run up to the liberation of Kuwait."
This article is drivel. If we hadn't ousted Saddam from Kuwait, Saudi Arabia would have been next.
Posted by: Alan S | September 08, 2007 at 10:12
Conservative Friends of Saudi Arabia"
Is this some kind of joke? What's next "Conservative Friends of al Qaida"?
Saudi Arabia is not our friend, and is certainly not an honest broker in the Arab-Israeli conflict. They are one of the main sources of the anti-Western, antisemitic ideology which motivates our enemies in the War on Terror and lies at the heart of the Arabs' hatred of Israel.
Posted by: Jonathan Powell | September 08, 2007 at 10:52
Wrong, wrong wrong wrong wrong.
I'm sure though that the die hard Arabists who dominate both the Foriegn Office and the BBC will love this. I however don't, and Daniel Kawczynski MP has dropped massively in my estimation for this superficial, amoral and wholly one sided, breeze through the middle east peace issue.
I for one will not be joining Conservative Friends of Saudi Arabia since I see nothing friendly whatsoever in that nation's funding and global encouragement of Wahabism and the anti westernism, militancy, and in some cases terrorism, that it breeds.
Posted by: Mr Angry | September 08, 2007 at 12:58
I’m all for freedom of expression and even the paternal encouragement of lesser lights but, surely, with a gatekeeper screening contributions, this article is an unnecessary waste of valuable bandwidth.
Posted by: Ian Parker | September 08, 2007 at 10:45