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Dress Code

January 30, 2002

I was a professional corporate pilot based in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, for several years. Neither my wife nor any other of the dozen or so "foreign women in the kingdom" I knew ever wore an abaya there ("Saudi Officials Oppose U.S. Army Stance on Veil," Jan. 25).

The women I knew considered wearing the abaya a form of subjugation and despised the way native women are treated in Saudi Arabia and many other Muslim countries. They did not want to submit or do anything that would contribute to the oppression of women there.

Richard Miller

Lake Forest

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