Princess Sultana, the heroine Saudi Arabian princess featured in The Princess Trilogy, is visiting one of her children in Europe. Since telephone calls and internet use is routinely monitored in her country, she, as many other Saudi Arabians, tends to make personal calls to when she is out of the country. While in Europe, she telephoned to chat about various things, the main point being the ongoing street revolutions occurring in her neighborhood. While chatting, she asked me what Americans think about the Saudi royal family now that there is such turmoil in the Middle East. I told her that while the world’s attention has centered on Egypt, Bahrain, Yemen and Libya, political talk shows in the USA note that many governments quietly worry about the stability of oil producing countries, and most particularly her country of Saudi Arabia. As far as individual Americans, or other world citizens, I don’t believe they give a lot of thought to the Al-Saud family. The princess was a bit surprised by my total honesty on the issue, that while most Americans and Europeans and other nationalities know that women are pushing for new rights, and that the royal houses are extremely wealthy while their citizens are not, basically most people mainly fret about increasing oil and gas prices. We appear selfish in light of the people in the streets of various Middle Eastern countries who are putting their lives on the line, calling for greater freedoms and more economic power. While most human beings tend to worry about their own back yard, and only become involved when they are pulled into a situation greater than themselves, the call for greater individual freedoms should be heeded. And, Americans should be kicked for failing to seek an alternative oil supply. We’ve been talking about this issue since the first oil embargo and are not closer to solving this dilemma than we were in 1973.
Although my main interests are humanitarian issues, I do think about other things (smile) and I personally believe that a stable economic world is imperative so that we can concentrate our main energies on making earth a better place for all.