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Saturday, June 19, 2004

If we <insert anything>, then they've won

Powell Hopes Americans Stay in Saudi Despite Risks
Secretary of State Colin Powell (news - web sites) said on Friday he hoped foreigners would stay in Saudi Arabia because their departure would be a victory for the kind of people who beheaded kidnapped American Paul Johnson.

Powell's remarks in an interview on the Radio America network flew in the face of the advice of his own department, which 'strongly urges' Americans to abandon the world's largest oil exporter because of the threat of kidnappings, suicide bombings and other attacks on Westerners.

'If they leave, then the terrorists have won,' Powell said in the interview shortly after news of Johnson's death in Riyadh.

No, how about, if they leave, they're protecting their asses, as well they should be. If I was in a country where people violently wanted me to leave, then I don't think I would feel bad about taking off and going back where I came from.


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