There is one lesson we should particularly take to heart: It's time we buried "special relations" in a shallow and unmarked grave. The United States has its interests, we have our own, and ne'er the twain shall meet. Not in these days when we have more than a million workers in the Middle East. That is the official figure, but if an editor of a Saudi paper I talked to some years ago is to be believed, the actual number is probably twice that. We have no business jeopardizing their welfare by depicting some of their hosts as the bad guys in a Holy Crusade to end evil. Joining a war against one of their own in the name of freeing them from their cruel ways is playing Russian roulette with the OFWs' lives. The wonder is not that De la Cruz was kidnapped and threatened with beheading, the wonder is that they did not do it sooner.
Speaking to UK Confidential, Leila Khaled, now a middle-aged housewife, admitted that the PFLP was encouraged by the UK's capitulation to its demands.
"It was a good step for us that we saw governments could be negotiated with. We could impose our demands.
"The success in the tactics of the hijacking and imposing our demands and succeeding in having our demands implemented gave us the courage and the confidence to go ahead with our struggle."
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