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Currently, I'm in the final stages
of a new book version of Unveilings.
RIYADH, SAUDI ARABIA
“WE LANDED IN THE DARK OF NIGHT AND AWOKE TO ASTRANGE NEW LAND.
WE BEGAN OUR NEW JOURNEY IN THE MIDDLE OF THE DESERT BEHIND HIGH WALLS.
CHET, MY ENGINEER HUSBAND, WAS FREED BY HIS WORK.
I WAS LEFT TO FIND MY OWN WAY OUT. AND SO IDID…”
In 1976, I arrived in Saudi Arabia armed with my camera and pen and notebook. Over the next three years, I witnessed a world unchanged for 2,000 years guarded by an iron fisted regime committed to strict religious authority. At the time, I was grateful for the separation of church and state in the U.S. where America's Supreme Court had recognized the right of a woman to make decisions about her own body. It was a landmark decision that freed women at home and in the workplace.
Patricia, in 1976 in Saudi Arabia -- part of my global journey..so happy to be Western and free...so happy that some strict religious group did not control the American government.
LEFT: ARMY CORPS OF ENGINEERS FAMILIES AT THE RIYADH CAMEL RACES. WE ALL WERE FREE TO DRESS MODESTLY AS WE PLEASED; GENERALLY WE WORE LONG SKIRTS, SANDALS, AND BLOUSES OR KNIT TOPS WITH SHORT SLEEVES.
LEFT: CHET AT THE CORPS OF ENGINEERS DESERT GOAT GRAB. IN 1976, AMERICANS POURED INTO SAUDI FROM EUROPE LOCATIONS AND THE UNITED STATES. THE JOB WAS TO REBUILD AND MODERNIZE THIS MIDDLE EAST, DESERT NATION. THE 1973 SAUDI OIL EMBARGO POURED PETRODOLLARS INTO SAUDI ARABIA. THE ARMY CORPS OF ENGINEERS WAS THE GENERAL CONTRACTOR RESPONSIBLE FOR AWARDING AND MANAGING CONTRACTS.
BELOW" PATRICIA IN THE TAYLOR'S WADI HANIFA COMPOUND HOME
ABOVE: 1978, EGYPTIAN FRIENDS IN CAIRO...SOME OF THE VERY BEST PEOPLE IN THE WORLD!
October 1973 Oil Embargo. Saudi Arabia stepped onto the global stage gathering massive wealth and power in their effort to become the leading Middle East nation and a powerful global nation. They desired control of petroleum markets and a partnership with America to execute their plan. Behind the scenes, the powerful Saudi royals only were puppets of Riyadh Islamic fundamentalist leaders. The real quest was to infuse global society with ultraconservative Islamic law based on strict beliefs of Wahhabism. Democracy and all liberal thought must be destroyed. Eventually, the
American religious establishment echoed this cause. How sad. America fought a war of independence to break from traditional thought and build a society with ample space for free thinkers so that religion of any kind would not rule the day.
"October 6, 1981. President Sadat wasn’t afraid to attack Islamic movements or any movement that stood in the way of peace. The Egyptian people and the Israeli people put their great hope for peace in him; they trusted him to keep his word about peace. Now he's dead and Israel, together with Egypt, mourns his death. President Sadat’s killers tried to kill this peace process; but it will survive. By the spring of 1981, peacekeeping forces arrived to keep the peace." pct
TODAY WE FIGHT INSIDIOUS POWERS AIMED AT THE DESTRUCTION OF DEMOCRACY NO MATTER HOW STRONG OR FLEDGLING. IN MORE AND MORE PLACES, RELIGIOUS PEOPLE FEAR DEMOCRACY. THEOCRATIC GOVERNMENT IS TOUTED AS THE WAY TO PLEASE GOD, ALLAH. BEWARE OF RELIGIOUS WOLVES IN SHEEP'S CLOTHING. THEY COME TO STEAL, KILL, AND DESTROY. IF THE HUMAN RACE IS TO SURVIVE, WE MUST MOVE FROM ARMED DESTRUCTION TO PEACEFUL SOLUTIONS. IT'S NO LONGER "CAN WE DO THIS?" INSTEAD, IT'S "WE MUST DO THIS" AND SO WE SHALL. THE WORLD'S PEACEMAKERS WILL FIND STRENGTH AND THE COURAGE TO LEAD. WITH BRILLIANT MINDS AND TENDER HEARTS THEY WILL MAKE A WAY WHERE THERE IS NO WAY.
The writing of Unveilings, a Desert Journey began in the northern Italian seaside town of Tirrenia in 1973, the year of the first Saudi/Arab Oil Embargo. Three years later, in 1976, the writings move to Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, and later to Tel Aviv, Israel. One might say the writings were following the money and the politics!
Over the years, as Middle East events evolve, including 9/11, author Patricia Adora Clark Taylor develops her Middle East story, transporting the reader into exotic places filled with memorable people.
As events highlight realities one sees clearly through the prism: it's all about the oil; it's all about the money. Later, on Capitol Hill, it's all about keeping the oil flowing -- whatever the price...and preventing the development of solar energy in the U.S
Finally, looking through the prism, the author confronts her own realities...
photos below: Wadi Hanifa near Riyadh; Galilee; camels on the road in Riyadh.
The real and lasting victories are those of peace, and not of war. Ralph Waldo Emerson
If we have no peace, it is because we have forgotten that we belong to each other. Mother Teresa
I refuse to accept the view that mankind is so tragically bound to the starless midnight of racism and war that the bright day break of peace and brotherhood can never become a reality. Martin Luther King, Jr.
Imagine all the people living life in peace. You may say I’m a dreamer, but I’m not the only one. I hope someday you’ll join us, and the world will be as one. John Lennon
Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called children of God. Matthew 5:9