Letters, Dec. 17, 1973

Oil Diplomacy

Sir / I hold no brief for either the Arabs or Israel. Certainly there is merit in the case on both sides. I speak only as an American citizen.

We have come to a strange and threatening state of affairs. A feudal King of a desert kingdom of a few million people—a kingdom whose vast oil resources have been developed by American money and technical knowledge—is blackmailing our country.

It is not just a matter of oil, it is not just a matter of economics, strong as these reasons may be. It is a...

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