All of the sanctimony over these issues - whether itís in favor of boycotting a country or in favor of the individualís right to choose whether to take their money - is full of hypocrisy, but especially when it comes from people who arenít giving up anything to take their stand.
I have turned down repeated inquiries about projects in Saudi Arabia, because my family wouldnít be comfortable with me working there, and I wouldnít be comfortable sending my associates there. Sure, the $ is tempting, and it would be easy to rationalize that Saudi people deserve good golf courses, too, and find someone who was happy to do most of the on site work on my behalf. But if Iím not willing to go myself, I donít think itís ethical to do a workaround.
But, if I were comfortable doing so, who are you guys to police my choices? What difference does it make whether I work for Saudi money or not, when it is all legitimized by the US government and financed by US banks?
If you want to protest the Saudi regime, tell the President not to kiss their ring, and that youíre willing to pay more for gasoline to stop propping them up. And take your $$ out of the banks who do business with them. Quit hiding behind a silly golf protest that wonít change anything about whatís going on over there, so that you donít have to make any tough decisions that affect your own life.