Wednesday, September 28, 2005

Sometimes Money Can Buy Happiness

It shouldn't come as a shock that oil-rich Arabs have been using their money to buy influence in this country. They've poured millions of dollars into our universities in an effort to promote their world view through various Middle Eastern Studies departments (with quite a bit of success I might add) and they've recently purchased a not insignificant share of Fox News, presumably with the same goal in influence the way Americans think. And now they've even attempted to corrupt the system used to decide the order in which people will receive organ transplants.

So far the Saudis have managed to influence our State Department, our colleges, and our media (and let's not forget who's been funding the madrassas that are filled to capacity with terrorists-in-training just waiting for their shot at the 72 virgins). And now they're using their huge bank accounts to manipulate a system that should strive to be scrupulously fair in its decision-making process in order to retain the public trust. Granted, the system isn't without flaws (the issue of Mickey Mantle comes to mind), but just maybe there's something about a Saudi national being bankrolled by the obscenely wealthy Saudi Embassy and getting a donated liver ahead of somebody who was closer to the top of the list that really bugs me.


At 1:23 PM, Blogger Esther said...

I find it all pretty vile. When do we say enough is enough?!

At 2:36 PM, Anonymous Felis said...

"When do we say enough is enough?!"
There is a need for more organized approach to the whole issue of the Islamic assault on the West.
This would require money, human resources and ideas.

At 5:47 PM, Blogger Rory said...

I'm afraid we won't say "enough is enough" until the Saudis run out of money...or oil, but I certainly share your outrage.

I agree and I think we also need a media that calls terrorism what it is, rather than using terms like "militants" and "activists." Martin Luther King was an activist. The thugs in Hamas are terrorists, and it's time the mainstream media started calling a spade a spade.

At 6:47 PM, Anonymous seawitch said...

That was sickening. I feel sorry for those 51 patients that were skipped for money, especially the one that was supposed to have received the organ.

At 8:03 PM, Blogger drummaster2001 said...

there was a report that global warming is severly destroying the earth. a photo of the polar ice caps showed a 20% decrease in the past 25 years and scientists believe that is one cause of these severe hurricanes. so maybe, oil use will finally die down when newer energy sources are used widespread, sooner than we think.

At 9:28 AM, Blogger Gindy said...

This is just par for the course. Also, they hate Americans and yet they want what we have. I wonder if they were willing to accept an infidels liver.

At 9:38 AM, Blogger Rory said...

So do I, and I would hate to think that somebody in my family was the victim of a medical system that wasn't above corruption.

I was convinced that after the oil embargo in the 1970's we'd be falling all over ourselves trying to find alternative energy sources...and look where we are. Maybe the situation you described will finally be the catalyst because, for sure, nothing else has been.

I can guarantee they'll accept an infidel's liver the same way they'll accept Jewish doctors and lawyers when their lives or their freedom are at stake. I think I'd actually have more respect for them if they'd at least stick to their principles.

At 5:32 PM, Blogger patrickafir said...

Yeah, it's pretty repugnant. I can't wait until the Sa'ud house of cards finally comes crashing down. I just hope that we're ready to jump in and deal with it before the vacuum is filled by some uncorrupted Muslims.

At 11:51 PM, Blogger Rory said...

Unfortunately, that's the dilemma when we're talking about the House of Saud. Nobody despises the Saudis more than I do because they were bankrolling Yasser Arafat and his murderous PLO decades before Osama bin Laden arrived on the scene, but even I get queasy at the thought of who might replace the royal family.


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