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Monday, August 02, 2004

Strange bedfellows? Wolfowitz has Arab feminist girlfriend

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Strange bedfellows? Wolfowitz has Arab feminist girlfriend

August 2, 2004

BY PHILIP SHERWELL
LONDON -- Conspiracy-minded foes of Paul Wolfowitz like to portray him as a leading light in Washington's group of Jewish neo-conservatives driving a pro-Israel policy.

The U.S. deputy defense secretary was one of the architects of the war to overthrow Saddam Hussein. For his detractors, it is evidence that he is hostile to Arab regimes.

Critics have also latched on to the fact that his sister Laura, a biologist, lives in Israel.

In fact, there is a woman from whom Wolfowitz does draw support for his views, but she comes from an unexpected background.

His closest companion is a middle-age Arab feminist whose views on instilling democracy in her native Middle East have helped bolster his resolve. Shaha Ali Riza is a senior World Bank official who was born in Tunis and grew up in Saudi Arabia.

Close acquaintances of the couple have said she is romantically linked with Wolfowitz, 61, a fellow divorcee with whom she has been friends for several years.

Even by the discreet standards of Washington's inner circle, it is a closely guarded secret. They rarely demonstrate affection publicly, according to friends.

They attend low-key social events and visit friends' homes together. Riza also sometimes goes to official functions with him but is not identified as his partner, an acquaintance said.

"Most people would never guess there was a relationship, even if they saw them together," he said.

Riza was vacationing last week and did not respond to messages. Wolfowitz did not return a call to his office.

For him, the war on terror brought with it the chance to pursue democracy across the Islamic world. In these views, he has found common ground with Riza.

"She felt that the U.S. supported democracy all over the world except in Arab countries," said a friend. "She believed that was wrong and that democracy can and must be promoted in the Arab world, even if it upsets feudal rulers and dictators."

Sunday Telegraph"

2 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Interesting story... now Arab News is reporting the same thing... here is the link... http://www.arabnews.com/?page=4┬žion=0&article=60884&d=23&m=3&y=2005

7:21 PM  
Blogger JBOC said...

Thanks, I had added that story to another blog of mine called Wolfowitz-Watch

http://wolfowitz-watch.blogspot.com/2005/03/wolfowitz-sleazy-womanizer-home.html
I titled it:
Wolfowitz Sleazy Womanizer - Home Wrecker and Cheat
Clare the mother of Paul's Children could not trust him. He broke his marital vows. He also has broken his oath of office. He is a cheat and a traitor. Now we are to trust him as President of the World Bank.

7:31 PM  

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