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Will allowing victims of the 9/11 attacks to sue Saudi Arabia cause problems between the two countries?

  • Yes, it seem so.

    Saudi Arabia will probably take offense to the United States seemingly blaming them for the 9/11 attacks. Many of the 9/11 hijackers were citizens of Saudi Arabia, but they acted of their own accord. Victims of a crime can press charges against the perpetrators of a crime, but not against the perpetrators' country of origin.

  • Yes, it will

    The victims of the 9/11 certainly have the right to sue Saudi Arabia. But unless they can prove that the terrorists were agents of the state, I don't see how they're going to get reparations. Plus since there's already tension I think a lawsuit would escalate things. From what I've read, there's not much more concrete that "Saudi Arabia's alleged involvement" which isn't a great basis for a lawsuit.

  • Yes, allowing 9/11 victims to sue Saudi Arabia will cause diplomatic problems for the United States.

    Allowing the victims of the 9/11 attacks to sue Saudi Arabia would result in a diplomatic nightmare. Although the terrorist attack was heinous, and the ensuing suffering and loss of life were tragic, the Saudi Arabian government is not at fault. Many of the 9/11 hijackers were citizens of Saudi Arabia, but they acted of their own accord. Victims of a crime can press charges against the perpetrators of a crime, but not against the perpetrators' country of origin. For the US to allow its citizens to sue another nation-state would deteriorate international relations and set a dangerous precedent.

  • Yes, it might.

    Saudi Arabia will probably take offense to the United States seemingly blaming them for the 9/11 attacks. The U.S. has always stood behind Saudi Arabia, but this could be seen as a slight. The good thing about that is that maybe the relationship between the two countries will become damaged and the U.S. will finally feel free to criticize and oppose Saudi Arabia's many human rights violations.

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