Saudi religious policeman cuts daughter’s tongue, then burns her to death, for converting to Christianity (Aug. 2008). *
Losing one’s head in Saudi Arabia
100% conviction rate in Saudi Arabia
ISN’T AN AMERICAN PRESIDENT SUPPOSED TO LOOK AFTER THE INTERESTS OF THE AMERICAN PEOPLE?
Fundamental, right? And, he is supposed to support and defend our allies, right? Fundamental.
And what should we do about a President that sells us out, over and over and over?
Can anyone in the Obama Administration say: “Human Rights!” ? (Sure . . . but whisper, especially in Cairo, Beijing and Riyadh)
During the G20 summit in Europe, Obama clearly bowed to the Saudi king. Today, he met with him in Riyadh, receiving the Saudi’s highest honor symbolized by a gold necklace. Obama was treated like a king. It was all smiles. It seemed very familiar, like a family get-together. Somebody help me here. I’m a bit confused. Considering the list of ten items below, how do we square what we say we believe as Americans, with what the Saudis believe and do, and, what this President says he embraces, versus the way he behaves in the presence of the Saudi king?
[BTW: Did you know you can be jailed and beaten for saying “Merry Christmas” in Saudi Arabia?]
Have we lost our entire moral tether, and the guts to stand up for what we believe?
Whether it’s women’s rights, slavery, cruel punishment, torture, grizzly public executions, and oh, 9/11 (!), we are polar opposites of the Saudis, yet we grovel at their feet?
10. Saudi women are not allowed to drive.
9. Saudi women can’t vote.
8. Saudi women are not allowed to travel without the permission of the male who is deemed their legal “guardian.”
7. A Saudi woman who was gang raped was sentenced to 90 lashes for being in a car with a man who was not her legal guardian.
6. Human trafficking in Saudi Arabia is just part of doing business.
5. Life is a bitch for foreign workers in Saudi Arabia.
4. Saudi Arabia cuts off the hands and/or feet of people who steal.
3. “Torture is endemic … brutal and sustained” in Saudi Arabia.
2. Our good friends over there in Saudi Arabia beheaded and crucified a man in public this past Monday.
1. 15 of the 19 9/11 bombers were Saudi Arabian. Oh, and Bin Laden is of course Saudi Arabian.
Bonus: It’s illegal to be gay in Saudi Arabia, and penalties can include the death penalty.
Double Bonus: Christianity is illegal in Saudi Arabia. Conversion is punishable by death.
* Riyadh: A Saudi man working with the Commission for Promotion of Virtue and Prevention of Vice recently killed his daughter for converting to Christianity. According to sources close to the victim, the religious police member had cut the tongue of the girl and burned her to death following a heated debate on religion. According to sources close to the victim, the religious police member had cut the tongue of the girl and burned her to death following a heated debate on religion.
WHAT IS TRUE?
Isn’t it true American investment and know-how were responsible for making oil wealth available to the Saudi royal family?
Isn’t it true the Saudis fund terrorism worldwide?
Isn’t it true we saved the Saudis from Saddam during the Gulf War?
Isn’t it true the Saudis work against our interests at every turn?
Why then is this President bowing and scraping in the presence of the Saudi king, and even going so far as to try and prevent 9/11 families from suing the Saudis for 9/11?
Obama administration supports Saudi immunity in 9/11 lawsuit
Brief seeking to deny Americans access to court remedies for attack
In its recent friend-of-the-court brief filed with the U.S. Supreme Court in “Federal Insurance Co. vs. Kingdom of Saudi Arabia,” the Obama administration asked the court to deny a petition for a “writ of certiorari,” or higher court hearing, by the families of the victims of 9/11 in their effort to sue Saudi Arabia and its princes.
In the original case filed in 2006, the families of the 9/11 victims allege Saudi Arabia and four Saudi princes acting in their capacity as high-level government officials and as individuals made donations to charitable organizations with the knowledge that the charities were diverting funds to al-Qaida. In response, the Saudi government invoked the FSIA as a basis to preclude a lawsuit by the 9/11 victims’ families.