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scot47



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PostPosted: Fri May 02, 2003 6:51 am    Post subject: Dangerous ? Saudi Arabia ? Reply with quote

An American was shot yesterday (1 May 2003) in Jubail. So be cautious if you are in Saudi ! Western Embassies are still advising a high level of awareness on security within the Kingdom. Who says we get our money for nothing ?
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johnslat



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Location: Santa Fe, New Mexico, USA

PostPosted: Fri May 02, 2003 7:57 am    Post subject: And the girls are free Reply with quote

Dear scot47,
" Money for nothing and the girls are free " Dire Straits.
I saw that item in the Arab News today - but, of course, it's still unknown ( or not mentioned ) whether he was shot simply for being an American ( which is a good enough reason for far too many ) or for some other reason. At any rate, as you know - if you want to read about Americans being shot, the pages of most American papers are best for that, especially in the South. We're a gun-happy culture, and even those who want nothing to do with firearms ( such as myself ) are sorely tempted to acquire them, strictly in self-defense. Of course, most of the time, these good citizens end up shooting either themselves or ( unintentionally ) a loved one. This is not to minimize the potential danger over here for ANY
non-Arab/Moslem. We all need to stay alert, not take anything for granted, and, yes ( though I hate to see it in the " embassy warnings " ) keep a low(er) profile. That's just part of the " trade-off " these days for the salaries we make. Is it all worth it? Well, that's for each to decide for him/herself. But an informed decision is necessary.
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John
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scot47



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PostPosted: Fri May 02, 2003 8:12 am    Post subject: alarmist ? Reply with quote

I do not want to be alarmist - just to remind people that it is a good idea to keep the head below the parapet. We live in uncertain times.
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scot47



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PostPosted: Wed May 07, 2003 6:34 am    Post subject: danger in the k of sa Reply with quote

And remember that death in a traffic accident is statistically much more likely than in a terrorist incident. Sensible people in Saudi Arabia do not drive and minimise their exposure to road traffic.
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zakiah25



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PostPosted: Wed May 07, 2003 10:30 pm    Post subject: road safety Reply with quote

Are you sure that those poor Saudi drivers aren't just fleeing in terror whenever you appear in public?
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johnslat



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PostPosted: Thu May 08, 2003 4:49 am    Post subject: InshaLaLa Land Reply with quote

Dear zakiah25,
I'm sure scot47 has many abilities, but I doubt his capacity to simultaneously appear all throughout the Kingdom 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. And since the crazy drivers do, we must, I fear, seek another explanation for their homicidal/suicidal behavior on the roads ( and sidewalks ) of Saudi Arabia. I have a few guesses, but I'll just mention one: the " inshallah mentality ". Since all is preordained by Allah,
one's behavior ( on the roads or elsewhere ) is " out-of-one's-control ". If it's written that you are going to have an accident, well then, you'll have one, no matter how you drive.
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John
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