I was concerned to read “Yemeni rebels strike Saudi Airport” in June 24 edition of the Daily Journal that the Abha Airport in Saudi Arabia had been attacked. I lived in Saudi for years, and believe me, it’s not always an easy place to live. Their current war against Yemen dates back to the 1960s. In fact, the Kennedy administration gave financial aid to Saudis and that is why Saudi Arabia abolished slavery in 1962 at the insistence of the U.S. government. I was 7 years old at the time.

So when people start complaining about George Washington, Thomas Jefferson and Andrew Jackson owning slaves, remember Saudi Arabia in 1962. If you traveled to Saudi to work there, they took your passport away at the airport. That is why Corazon Aquino, president of Philippines (1986-1992), forbade Philippine women from going to work there because of repeated sexual abuses and instances of illegal slavery. I have more than a few Muslim friends and they are fine people, very polite and they believe in God after their way. The government of Saudi Arabia, however, is quite another matter. If we are allied with Saudi Arabia, guess why? It’s because they have a lot of money.

Clayton Rich

South San Francisco

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