Opinion

A 9/11 Widow’s Plea to Biden Over a U.S.-Saudi Treaty

To the Editor:

Re “U.S. Officials and Saudis Are Exploring a Mutual Defense Treaty” (front page, Sept. 20):

My husband, Kenneth, along with almost 3,000 other innocent people, was murdered by terrorists while he was at work. The weapons used by the terrorists were hijacked planes that they crashed into buildings. Fifteen of the 19 hijackers were from Saudi Arabia, as was Osama bin Laden himself.

We, the victims’ family members, have been trying to hold these terrorists accountable in court since Sept. 11, 2001. Saudi Arabia has hidden behind sovereign immunity for all these years, and we have been stymied in court because the evidence against the alleged perpetrators is mostly classified. This works to the benefit of Saudi Arabia and works against the victims.

President Biden, are you seriously considering giving even more protections to those who allegedly aided and abetted in killing our loved ones in cold blood on 9/11?

Before any defense agreements with Saudi Arabia are ever reached, shouldn’t we first be allowed to hold the kingdom accountable for what occurred on the fateful day of 9/11?

Are you trying to telegraph a message to the world that it’s OK to attack the United States, just wait a couple of decades, and all will be forgotten?

Defense agreements, and a lack of accountability from those who killed our loved ones, will never be forgotten or forgiven by the families of those who were burned alive in those buildings.

Lorie Van Auken
East Brunswick, N.J.

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