It’s Time We Had A Little Chat About…Saudi Arabia

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Saudi Arabia has gotten undeserved bad press recently with the usual bleatings from the alt right of the Kingdom’s alleged human rights abuses, public beheadings, financing of terrorist groups, shocking treatment of women etc.  But exactly how much of this is true? This article aims to correct certain misplaced perceptions out there about a country that still remains the United States’ closest and most loyal ally.

Firstly, there are one or two cultural differences between our two countries that are undeniable.  Although still a young country in relative terms, the United States is a mature economy and democracy, whereas Saudi Arabia is an absolute monarchy whose oil-based economy is young in absolute terms.  Change is therefore only gradual and requires the United States to work ever more closely with its trusted ally to guide it along the same progressive path that it too followed.  Once George Soros has solved America’s problems, he will no doubt do a stint in Jeddah.

Lest we be tempted to adopt a morally superior attitude, it bears remembering that slavery existed officially in this country until 1865, a full 89 years after the nation was founded. Who therefore are we to judge, as Pope Francis might ask.

It might seem morally repellant to us in the States for Saudi women to have apparently “zero rights”, but we must be sensitive to cultural differences. US women would understandably protest were they not allowed to drive, go swimming, uncover any part of their skin in public, interact with men who are not relations etc., however Saudi women are fine with all this as they know no different. The term “zero rights’ is also a misnomer. Saudi women can now, for example, ride a bicycle just like men can, provided of course they ride only in circles, in a park, covered up and accompanied at all times by a male relative. In any event, we should check our national privilege: trying to impose our cultural norms on another people is not only racist but morally abhorrent.

Saudi Arabia is also the spiritual center for many of the world’s 1.3 billion Muslims, with Mecca, the most sacred of pilgrimage sites.  In order to preserve the richness of the Wahhabist Islamic faith, the Kingdom’s rulers have wisely banned all other religions from the country.  Frankly, anyone entering the country wearing a cross, for example, deserves to be punished as per the law prohibiting such items.

If you are still unsure about Saudi Arabia, rest assured that the greatest president the US has ever had was so enthralled to be in the Kingdom that he was willing to humble himself to King Abdullah during his recent pilgri…visit there.  If it’s good enough for Obama, it should be good enough for us.

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Delighted to meet you, your Majesty!”

MillionDollarBonus_

Excellent article! Criticism of Saudi Arabia is simply thinly veiled Islamaphobia. If white Westerners were to impose such laws on women, it would be morally reprehensible. But Muslims are an oppressed victim group, and it is part of their culture and religion to treat women this way, and therefore we have no right to criticize them. They have their ethics, and we have ours. Imposing our ethics on them, would be akin to colonialism, and we all know where that leads.

Black Lives Matter

I should have read your comment before posting! You are definitely correct.

trav777

Yes! Muslims I believe are higher on the victim totem pole than white women at least and therefore, no criticism can be levied on them regarding treatment of women, especially white ones.

Islam is a religion of peace, THE religion of peace. Who in their right mind can criticize it? Any mass rapes or shootings are because of white racism and anger at the Crusades. Totally understandable. The Germans got the right idea by posting pictograms with exclamation marks on them to deter attempts to have anal sex with young boys. This type of understanding, outreach, and education will work wonders.

Once completed, the refugees from arabia and Africa will roll up their sleeves and start working to pay the old Europeans’ pensions. Bank on that.

This is Life
This is Life

I just knew you guys would come around to realizing that to criticize or (goodness forbid) prosecute any member of Islam for beheading, stoning or the occasional beating of womyn by the religions of the peaceful was way outside everything we stand for. After all, like Trav said, they are and always will be way up the scale of repressed individuals because again the evil white man had to go into their countries and demand the death of their culture. I for one am standing strong with my muslim brothers and if a few womyn and infidels must be beheaded for the good of everyone involved, well then that is easily a price I, and I am sure I can speak for all my progressive brothers, sisters, and other “things”, we are willing to pay.
After all, it is just common sense legislation.

MillionDollarBonus_

There’s a lot we can learn from Muslims. For one thing, they don’t tolerate hate speech. Criticism of Mohammed (Peace be upon him) results in execution. Now, that may be a little extreme for many progressives, but it demonstrates a commitment to enforcing acceptable standards of speech that one can’t help but admire.

This is Life
This is Life

I for one do not see execution for crimes that is common knowledge a capital offense as extreme. If there is no exacting of enforcement there are no laws and we all know that for the good of society laws must be enforced least we all live like animals in caves. So, because of freedom of thought, the unwashed masses get some outside influence that states they can flaunt known and accepted standards and at such times of implementation they are then justly executed, well then by all means how else will society survive and prosper? It is exactly as we have been stating that thought crimes leads to hate crimes leading to hate speech so glorious will be the day when we can stop thought crimes at their source.

Black Lives Matter

Criticisms of Saudi Arabia are really just veiled Islamophobia.

OhYeah
OhYeah

i think we should import some of Saudi Arabia’s approach on some social issues. For example, I really like their treatment of the LGBT community and think that if the US would follow the same program we would be much better off.

MillionDollarBonus_

I have a degree in Critical Race Theory, and I can confirm that Muslims are higher in the victim Pyramid than the LGBTQRSASD community. How the Muslims treat various categories of people is frankly none of our business, and as white westerners we need to be humble and check our privilege.

Bill Hill
Bill Hill

I have a male family member that spent quite a few years in SA in their large cities (both of them) and a number of smaller towns on various contracts. He’s exceptionally open minded and looks forward to experiencing different cultures during his travels. He absolutely despises SA as well as its culture. Those of you here that seem to think SA is a desirable place and a shining example of something need to actually go there for a few years. Your outlook will change radically. It’s got little to do with their religion and more to do with their actual culture – not some romantic idea of what Islam was once in a fairytale, but the cold reality of day to day life there. A year in someplace other than Jeddah will make you sick and disgusted.

richandrenee

What a nasty racist bigot you are Bill Hill. Just because your narrow mindedness doesn’t allow you to understand other cultures it doesn’t give you the right to use racist hate speech.

It Obama says they’re kosher – trust me they’re kosher.

MillionDollarBonus_

Saudi Arabia are one of our strongest allies in the war on terror, and they are a long term trading partner in weapons. If it’s so terrible there as your friend suggests, then why do we not hear about these horror stories from the accredited media or from respected progressive politicians?

Puyloubier (@Puyloubier1)

Exactly! Something in Bill’s story doesn’t stack up. Who do you trust: CNN, BBC, NBC, MSNBC or Bill Hill?

MillionDollarBonus_

White racists argue that they wouldn’t be rich without western oil extraction and processing technology, but accredited experts have proven that their wealth comes from being expert negotiators and deal makers.

IslamIsFun
IslamIsFun

Cant wait for Sharia law worldwide. That should derail the progressive train cause islam promotes the opposite.

richandrenee

Liar.

MillionDollarBonus_

You should study Critical Race Theory like I have, and then maybe you wouldn’t look so ridiculous! Sharia law can coexist with western progressive law – it already does in progressive European countries like Sweden and France! Are these the hell-holes you predict them to be? NO – they are shining examples of progressivism done right!

RichieRich
RichieRich

Where is the lie?

This is Life
This is Life

The lie is there is nothing on earth that can derail the progressive train because we are the thinking correct way of the future. The old ways of thinking and doing things are dead and if Donald Trump and his red neck band of deplorables wouldn’t have STOLEN the election by unmitigated FRAUD, we would be on our way to the utopian world that progressive free thinkers like Obama, Bill and Hillary Clinton, The Bush Family and every other President since that wicked JFK has envisioned.

richandrenee

RichieRich is a particularly nasty and rabid racist bigot flyin – you can point out his hypocrisy but he’ll never get it.

Once they go down the road of conspiracy theory all reason leaves them.

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