To sue or not to sue

to sue or not to sue

I’m sure that many of you, unlike the hapless Hillary Clinton, are fully aware that there is legislation working its way through Congress to allow the families of 9/11 victims to sue the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia for their alleged complicity in the September 11, 2001 attack.

All of this stems from the fact that there are twenty-eight pages of the 9/11 report that have been kept classified. Many believe that the reason these pages remain secret is because they implicate Saudi Arabia.

As the old saying goes, follow the money. The belief is that the money needed to coordinate and carry out this attack came from our supposed “ally.”

Former Senator Bob Graham, in an interview with “60 Minutes” argued that the coordination and planning of the 9/11 attack was far too involved for the nineteen men who carried it out [hat tip NBC News].

“I think it is implausible to believe that 19 people, most of whom didn’t speak English, most of whom had never been in the United States before, many of whom didn’t have a high school education — could’ve carried out such a complicated task without some support from within the United States.”

There have been rumblings since the beginning that some powerful, well-financed people were behind this attack. Personally, I wouldn’t doubt for a second that those deep pockets are found in Saudi Arabia. Those guys have been bankrolling terrorists for decades.

The United States has turned a blind eye to the nefarious dealings of Saudi Arabia for years. In a lot of ways, they’re just as bad as Iran when it comes to funding terrorist organizations.

But do we really want to sue them?

Let’s leave aside the fact that Saudi Arabia is threatening to divest from the US if this law passes. Who gives a crap what they threaten to do?

If the government of Saudi Arabia was complicit in the attack on the US on 9/11, that is an act of war.

The question I ask is this: What kind of precedent do we set by granting citizens the authority to sue a separate, sovereign nation for what is, in fact, an act of war?

My concern with this legislation is if we as a nation open up this door, what is to stop another nation from turning around and doing the same to the US? What if citizens in Syria decide to sue the United States government claiming that our actions through funding and training rebel forces in Syria resulted in the deaths of their family members?

See what I’m driving at here?

If the Saudi Arabian government is in fact behind the 9/11 attacks, then this should be addressed by our government, not by individual citizens filing lawsuits.

If Saudi Arabian citizens — separate from the government — are involved, that’s another matter.

It’s bizarre to me the idea of individuals suing a nation for what is effectively an act of war against another nation.

I realize that, in the Age of Obama where the United States government has a nasty habit of not ensuring the national defense, people would be motivated to seek other methods of retribution.

But I am concerned about the precedent. I’m concerned that it could be turned around and used against us.

The Obama Administration opposes this legislation, but not because of the potential harm it would have to the US. They oppose it because it might harm our relationship with Saudi Arabia.

Frankly, I don’t give a damn about our relationship with Saudi Arabia. For years, the Saudis have been playing both ends against the middle. They play footsie with enemies of the US while cultivating a relationship with this nation that is solely for their benefit.

The best thing that could happen for the US is to extricate ourselves from this duplicitous “ally.” For too long we have turned a blind eye to their financial relationship with terrorists because we’ve grown too dependent on them. We’ve effectively permitted the Saudis to operate freely within the US Muslim population.

They are a fox in the henhouse.

But it isn’t just the Obama Administration. The cozy relationship with Saudi Arabia went on during the Bush and Clinton administrations as well.

They are not an ally. Not when they bankroll our enemies.

Frankly, we in the US have a tendency to be overly litigious as it is. Suing gun manufacturers for acts committed by individuals. Suing Walmart for selling a gun used in an attack.

My concern over permitting US citizens to sue the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia has nothing whatsoever to do with the fact that it would put a strain on a relationship with an ally. I don’t give a crap about Saudi Arabia. I think they are evil, wretched, twelfth century throwbacks. And I have no doubt whatsoever that they either directly or through intermediaries had a hand in not only the 9/11 attack, but other terrorist activities throughout the world.

My concern stems from the unintended consequences that would arise. I fear that this would weaken US sovereignty if similar suits are launched against us.

The solution isn’t to open the door to suing a sovereign nation. The solution is to radically alter our nation’s relationship with Saudi Arabia by reclaiming our sovereignty and autonomy. By asserting our authority over our own borders so that the Saudis cannot continue to hold influence over Muslim Americans.

We need a president who is a strong defender and believer in US Sovereignty and the danger of permitting foreign entities to dictate what happens in our country.

Obama won’t do that.

God knows Hillary Clinton won’t do that. Both at the State Department and through her corrupt foundation, she has maintained a cozy relationship with the Saudis.

One of the reasons I support Ted Cruz for President is because he has a proven record of standing up for US Sovereignty — defending that very sovereignty before the Supreme Court against the United Nations and the World Court.

Listen, I’m not expert on litigation or anything like that. I don’t claim to be. But my gut tells me this would be a grave error in judgment because anything we would do to our enemies, they could turn around and do to us.

[Hat tip Pamela Geller]

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