what you preach
By Amr Al-Faisal
April 16, 2002
Aldaleel Information Systems is a new company, one that specializes
in geographical information systems (GIS). This is a new technology
and has only recently been introduced to Saudi Arabia. For the past
four years the company and I, as its owner, have been attempting
to work with an American company, which is a leader in the field.
In the end the American company finally agreed to our participation
in Saudi Arabia as a first stage and in other parts of the Middle
East at a later stage.
As far as we were concerned, this amounted to recognition from
an international company of our efficiency and a sign of its confidence
in our potential and our professional capabilities.
We expected the agreement to lead to more than $25 million worth
of projects over the next five years.
With all this in mind, I wrote the following letter to the director
of the company.
Dear Mr. D,
We have received your letter agreeing to work with us. We are
pleased by your confidence in our abilities and professionalism.
Sir, I am sure that you have not failed to witness on many TV
screens the continuing massacre of the Palestinian people by the
Israeli Army. This army, without the US governments unconditional
support, would be incapable of committing the atrocities they
are currently perpetrating on our brothers in Palestine.
The military, political and economic support the US government
is providing to Israel can only be interpreted as an act of active
animosity and enmity toward the Arab and Islamic peoples.
Public opinion polls taken of the US public and the continued
overwhelming support the American people give to their governments
actions in the Middle East can only lead us to believe that the
animosity I have mentioned extends deeply into the American people.
For these reasons, we unfortunately find it impossible to work
with your company.
I always ask God: Do not include me among those who ask others
to do righteous deeds but neglect to do anything themselves.