Get the Saudis involved

Published: Thursday, January 11, 2007 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Wednesday, January 10, 2007 at 10:51 p.m.
George W. Bush must think out of the box if we are ever to get out of Iraq and the Middle East mess we are now in. Saudi Arabia should be asked to broker a cease-fire arrangement where all Muslim fighters would be asked to stop killing each other and coalition troops for the promise and rapid implementation of the removal of all foreign troops from the region.
Once the cease-fire takes place and all foreign troops are out of the area, the Saudis would offer all sides billions of dollars to develop and upgrade their individual oil fields. This action would employ thousands of young, out-of-work Muslims which would slow or stop their enlistment in radical groups.
The Saudis could explain to their Muslim brothers that it would be in the best interest for all Muslims of the world to stop killing each other and start working together to develop their vast oil holdings. The billions generated by these oil sales could be used to feed and employ the thousands of Muslims who live in countries that do not have oil deposits.
Ports, roads, power plants and water sanitation could be upgraded and brought back online to end the daily frustrations that the people of those regions now endure. Pan-Muslim cooperation, financed by oil revenues, could lead to contentment and prosperity not seen in the Muslim world for centuries, and get Bush out of this mess.

Michael McNally,


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