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Saudi Arabia’s Free Pass

Posted by on Mar. 4, 2012 at 4:07 PM
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Saudi Arabia’s record is no better than Iran’s when it comes to respect for human rights. Yet the international community always manages to overlook the Wahhabi monarchy. Could this be connected with Saudi Arabia’s status as top oil-producing country and trusted ally of the US?

Saudi Arabia can intervene in Bahrain, crush democratic protests there, execute 76 people in 2011 (including a woman accused of “sorcery”), threaten to execute a blogger who posted an imaginary conversation with the Prophet on Twitter, sentence thieves to amputation, announce that rape, sodomy, adultery, homosexuality, drug trafficking and apostasy are to carry the death penalty, and nobody except the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights seems to care. The UN Security Council, the G20 (of which Saudi Arabia is a member), the International Monetary Fund, whose director recently visited Riyadh and expressed her appreciation of the kingdom’s “important role” in supporting the global economy: none of them care.

This monarchy still refuses to allow women to travel by car unless accompanied by husband or chauffeur, or to participate in the Olympic Games. Although the latest breach of at least two principles of the Olympic charter (1) hasn’t caused much of a fuss. If Iran had been guilty of such sexual apartheid, international protests would have been organised and widely reported.

The Tunisian prime minister Hamadi Jebali has provided another example of the preferential treatment automatically accorded to the Saudi monarchy. Jebali, who belongs to a movement savagely repressed by former president Zine el-Abidine Ben Ali, praised his Saudi hosts on one of his first official visits abroad. Yet Riyadh, which supported the Ben Ali clan to the bitter end, refuses to extradite them and provides a safe haven for their finances. Gulf money also helps encourage the Salafists’ provocative behaviour in Tunisia, funding TV channels that spread their medieval interpretation of Islam.

In January 2008 French president Nicolas Sarkozy claimed that Saudi Arabia, “encouraged by His Majesty King Abdullah”, was promoting a “policy of civilisation”. Four years on, this country riddled with corruption is the Arab world’s foremost proponent of ultra-conservative Sunni Islam. Riyadh’s elders, who see the protests of young Saudis as a “new form of terrorism”, only care about peoples’ rights when they can be used as a weapon against the “radical” or Shia regimes of their regional rivals. The kingdom thinks it will be shielded from popular protests by spending a drop of its oil revenues on social services, by its Sunni majority’s contempt for the 10% to 20% of Shia nursing their grievances in the eastern part of the kingdom, and by the fear of Iran. The international indulgence of the Saudi monarchy is an added comfort.

http://www.counterpunch.org/2012/03/02/saudi-arabias-free-pass/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=saudi-arabias-free-pass

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muslimahpj
by Ruby Member on Mar. 4, 2012 at 4:23 PM

They are our "friend" so, they can do no wrong.

KC33
by Kim on Mar. 4, 2012 at 4:46 PM

In what he said was an effort to stabilize the region, Obama  signed the largest weapons deal in US history with the Saudis and passed up the opportunity to ask for human rights reforms in return and not much was said about it in the press and we all know that the US will gain nothing good from that deal in the end.

muslimah
by on Mar. 4, 2012 at 4:50 PM
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Quoting muslimahpj:

They are our "friend" so, they can do no wrong.

 How double standard and hypocritical can you get.


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muslimahpj
by Ruby Member on Mar. 4, 2012 at 6:22 PM


Quoting muslimah:

 

Quoting muslimahpj:

They are our "friend" so, they can do no wrong.

 How double standard and hypocritical can you get.

Yep.

pvtjokerus
by Ruby Member on Mar. 4, 2012 at 8:16 PM

The Saudi Royal family (and there is a whole lot of them) are full of hypocrites.  Preaching one thing while doing the opposite. It is a shame that they get away with so much.  The Wahhabi culture is in full power.

muslimah
by on Mar. 5, 2012 at 5:34 AM

 

Quoting pvtjokerus:

The Saudi Royal family (and there is a whole lot of them) are full of hypocrites.  Preaching one thing while doing the opposite. It is a shame that they get away with so much.  The Wahhabi culture is in full power.

 But why do you think they get away with it? Why do you think they have the support of the U.S. that they have?


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pvtjokerus
by Ruby Member on Mar. 5, 2012 at 6:44 AM

We have had a very close relationship with former CP Sultan, former ambo Bandar and their father, former HRH, for years.  Before that relationship blossom, we had multiple business relationships beginning when we showed them how to drill their oil and help put them on the map.   Even up to today, the Saudis, who have purchased a lot of real estate in the U.S. still have free reign in the U.S.  They are still an ally during a time when we need friends in the Middle East.

Quoting muslimah:

 

Quoting pvtjokerus:

The Saudi Royal family (and there is a whole lot of them) are full of hypocrites.  Preaching one thing while doing the opposite. It is a shame that they get away with so much.  The Wahhabi culture is in full power.

 But why do you think they get away with it? Why do you think they have the support of the U.S. that they have?


punky3175
by on Mar. 5, 2012 at 6:45 AM
The double standard really is sad.
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muslimah
by on Mar. 5, 2012 at 8:37 AM

 

Quoting pvtjokerus:

We have had a very close relationship with former CP Sultan, former ambo Bandar and their father, former HRH, for years.  Before that relationship blossom, we had multiple business relationships beginning when we showed them how to drill their oil and help put them on the map.   Even up to today, the Saudis, who have purchased a lot of real estate in the U.S. still have free reign in the U.S.  They are still an ally during a time when we need friends in the Middle East.

Quoting muslimah:

 

Quoting pvtjokerus:

The Saudi Royal family (and there is a whole lot of them) are full of hypocrites.  Preaching one thing while doing the opposite. It is a shame that they get away with so much.  The Wahhabi culture is in full power.

 But why do you think they get away with it? Why do you think they have the support of the U.S. that they have?

 

 Well in addition to teaching them how to drill oil we should be teaching them how to treat their citizensas well. I do believe as barbaric and backwards as Iran is that Saudi is even worse. The only difference is the Saudis have the money to buy their people off and make sure they have materialistic good lives inside their little prisons.


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futureshock
by Ruby Member on Mar. 5, 2012 at 9:29 AM


Quoting muslimah:

 

Quoting pvtjokerus:

We have had a very close relationship with former CP Sultan, former ambo Bandar and their father, former HRH, for years.  Before that relationship blossom, we had multiple business relationships beginning when we showed them how to drill their oil and help put them on the map.   Even up to today, the Saudis, who have purchased a lot of real estate in the U.S. still have free reign in the U.S.  They are still an ally during a time when we need friends in the Middle East.

Quoting muslimah:

 

Quoting pvtjokerus:

The Saudi Royal family (and there is a whole lot of them) are full of hypocrites.  Preaching one thing while doing the opposite. It is a shame that they get away with so much.  The Wahhabi culture is in full power.

 But why do you think they get away with it? Why do you think they have the support of the U.S. that they have?


 Well in addition to teaching them how to drill oil we should be teaching them how to treat their citizensas well. I do believe as barbaric and backwards as Iran is that Saudi is even worse. The only difference is the Saudis have the money to buy their people off and make sure they have materialistic good lives inside their little prisons.

I agree.  What is even more sad is that Iran wasn't always like this.  It used to be very civilized and modern.

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