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Sunday, August 25, 2002

Tom Friedman's "Freedom and Democracy" Tour Continues

Another good column from our man in the Near East. Key bit:

In short, countries with oil can flourish under repression — as long as they just drill a hole in the right place. Think of Saudi Arabia, Libya or Iraq. Countries without oil can flourish only if they drill their own people's minds and unlock their energies with the keys of freedom. Think of Japan, Taiwan or India.

He follows with interesting thoughts on the Saudi rulers, the Saudi elite and middle class, and the Wahhabi clerics. Check it out.

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