posted on Oct, 30 2007 @ 08:52 AM
reply to post by bodrul
Oil supplies (Saudi Arabia has about 25% of the world's proven oil supplies), intelligence, an Arab ally in the Middle East and extremely lucrative
defence contracts (they just signed a deal to buy 72 Eurofighter Typhoons and are considering purchasing a few Type 45 Destroyers for their navy).
That's where moral standards have gone.
The Saudis and Britain have a long standing relationship, and even now it's arguable that Saudi Arabia is closer to Britain than the US - Saudi
Arabia shares concerns about Iran but is worried about the consequences of a US military attack, for instance (since the Saudis are just across the
Persian Gulf - in the firing line for retaliation, in other words).
I suppose it depends on what you think Britain's foreign policy should be; moral or pragmatic? Should we uphold democracy, freedom and so on even at
the expense of our own interests or should we be more flexible?
It's a dilemma, especially for Western nations. Others, like Russia and China, have completely pragmatic foreign policies.