Monday, June 27, 2011


Mr. Richard H. Anderson
Chief Executive Officer
Delta Air Lines, Inc.
1030 Delta Boulevard
Atlanta, GA 30320-6001

Dear Mr. Anderson:

Although I’m not Jewish, I am a client of Delta and have been for many years, with hundreds of thousands of miles logged in your SkyMiles program. I’m writing to tell you that your collaboration with Saudi Arabian Airlines (SAA), resulting in discrimination against Jewish (now reduced to “Israeli”) people, is deeply offensive to all freedom-loving Americans and completely unacceptable. In fact, it is horrifying. Further, your excuse that SAA is just part of the Sky Team Alliance to which Delta belongs, and thus these are their rules not yours, is a cowardly response of the most profound nature. It is repulsive that a man of your stature would resort to such an uncourageous and/or ill-informed justification, and it makes you complicit in every single affront to human rights that Saudi Arabia perpetrates. Further, it is reminiscent of crimes people committed in late 1930’s Germany.

Saudi Arabia is one of the most oppressive, non-pluralistic regimes in the world. Do you understand, or even know of, their Wahhabi ideology? If so, you’d shun SAA Airlines out of respect for human decency and the fact that this is an ideology hostile to all elements of American freedoms and America itself. If not, to claim ignorance or “it’s not our fault” as your excuse for being complicit in collaborating with such sub-human ideologies, is the very definition of cowardice.

As a responsible corporate citizen, you must take a stand and say you will not allow SAA to become part of your network; they should be isolated, certainly not the Jewish people or any other group of human beings, including women as Saudi Arabia insists. At the very least, this principled action would help to reveal the plight of the Saudi Arabian people and the fascistic characteristics of Wahhabism and its targets: Western democracies, Christians and Jews.

I do hope you will reconsider this ill-advised decision and, if you stick with it, I do hope you lose one heck of a lot of business.


Carol Taber, President
Family Security Matters

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