The Saudis are mad at us. Really mad at us.

The Saudi royal family is mad because American investigators have figured out that the money the wife of the Saudi ambassador to the U.S. was writing for charitable reasons somehow wound up in the hands of some of the Sept. 11 hijackers.

The Saudi government is mad because the U.S. is now trying to tie up money Saudi zillionaires use to help out their terrorist friends, much of which is either raised in the U.S. or passes through U.S. banks.

On top of that, the average Saudi on the street is mad because it is now so difficult to get into the U.S. Visa issuance is down to a trickle, and various kinds of restrictions have been put on Saudi visitors, like new requirements that Saudi visitors — the men anyway — are photographed and fingerprinted when they get off the plane.

But what are we supposed to do?

We have to reveal embarrassing details, like those about the Saudi ambassador's wife and her checks when we learn of them.

We have to do something about the Saudi billionaire businessmen who are funneling money around the globe to finance terrorism.

And we obviously have to do something about the fact that so many Saudi young men have gotten sucked into the nastier tenets of the official Saudi Islamic sect Wahhabism. After all, 15 of the 19 hijackers were Saudis.

Now... is the Bush administration going easy on the Saudis because they are our oil buddies? Well, obviously. We're not clamoring to import their sand.

Of course it's about oil. What the Saudis have to realize is that we won't put up with their terrorism, and just as important — we won't put up with them using oil to jerk around the world economy.

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