Tuesday, June 15, 2004

Western Expats Flee and Marketing Consultant Spins

Australian news quotes the Times of London, "Flights out of the Saudi capital are all full as non-Arabic westerners flee increasing attacks by terrorists... Britain's Foreign Office told all of its non-essential staff and diplomats' families to leave the country."

British Airways crews already stay in Kuwait rather than spend even one night in the Kingdom. But according to this story in the Arab News, Saudi Arabia has trouble attracting foreign investment because it "has been clumsy in selling itself on the international market." Wait, it gets better. "The problem is that the Kingdom is saddled with a very poor image," said a marketing consultant who is (drumroll please) "writing a book to promote the Kingdom."

Wow, those consultants are some amoral weasels aren't they?

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