Thursday, November 15, 2007

This is our #1 ally in the Middle East?!

Forgive me for getting a bit political, but this one just left me dumbfounded. Here's a little tidbit about our #1 Arab ally in the Middle East. Just makes me feel warm inside to know that these are the folks we do the most business with and work so hard to ensure are safe!

Saudi gang-rape victim is jailed
By Frances Harrison BBC News

An appeal court in Saudi Arabia has doubled the number of lashes and added a jail sentence as punishment for a woman who was gang-raped.

The victim was initially punished for violating laws on segregation of the sexes - she was in an unrelated man's car at the time of the attack.

When she appealed, the judges said she had been attempting to use the media to influence them.

The attackers' sentences - originally of up to five years - were doubled.

Extra penalties

According to the Arab News newspaper, the 19-year-old woman, who is from Saudi Arabia's Shia minority, was gang-raped 14 times in an attack in the eastern province a year-and-a-half ago.

Seven men from the majority Sunni community were found guilty of the rape and sentenced to prison terms ranging from just under a year to five years.

But the victim was also punished for violating Saudi Arabia's laws on segregation that forbid unrelated men and women from associating with each other. She was initially sentenced to 90 lashes for being in the car of a strange man.

On appeal, the Arab News reported that the punishment was not reduced but increased to 200 lashes and a six-month prison sentence.

The rapists also had their prison terms doubled. But the sentences are still low considering they could have faced the death penalty.

The Arab News quoted an official as saying the judges had decided to punish the girl for trying to aggravate and influence the judiciary through the media.

The victim's lawyer was suspended from the case, has had his licence to work confiscated, and faces a disciplinary session.

Story from BBC NEWS: 2007/11/15 18:34:13 GMT© BBC MMVII

And people look down their noses at the United States for having capital punishment? For Abu Graib? Listen, I'm not saying either one of those things is defensible. But where is the worldwide outcry and demand for change in Saudi Arabia? What is the US doing to pressure Saudi Arabia into changing their ways? We are so upset about emergency decrees in Pakistan, but we don't give a crap that they are whipping women in Saudi Arabia who were raped? Seems to me this woman has been punished enough! The US should be demanding her release and offering her and any other woman from Saudi Arabia who wants it asylum from a brutal political and religious system. Talk about cruel and unusual punishment!

If you agree, write to the president, your senators, and your congressional representatives. It makes my head spin that we demand so much from so many countries in terms of political behavior, but we ignore Saudi Arabia. It's time we started paying attention to that "terrorist" regime, because if whipping a woman who was raped isn't "terrorism," I clearly don't know the meaning of the word.



Dead Man Walking said...

Don't get me started, okay?

We'll never come down on terrorist nations like Saudi Arabia, China or North Korea. Why? Simple. We need the Saudi oil, China would destroy us either financially or physically, and North Korea's crazy enough to fight back with nuclear weapons.

We can beg for justice all we want, but the U.S. will only dispense it if and when it's in our nation's best interests.

Michael S. Hugh said...

I'm not sure what you are asking here. This is a stalwart American ally. Just as Egypt is amd a whole plethora of other dictatorships.

If you believe that the USA will do anything to stop this - then I wish you the best of luck.

If you are puzzling why the outcry on Abu Grain etc - that's because the USA loves to protray itself as the Savior of Freedom etc. None of that is true.

America will do what is best in the interest of America's special interests.

Every one in the world accepts that and expects that.

Who else would kill over 300,000 people and call it collateral damage or insurgency for 3,000 killed.

No, I am not a terroprist sympathizer or Muslim or from the Middle East.

But I have personally seen innocent men, women and children (two were babes in arms)killed by Americans and their allies in Guatemala, Nicaragua, etc.

Until American nuns were killed - there was no outcry - and never will be.

The sentence in Saudi Arabia is unconsciousable - but so is the torture in that country, Egypt etc. So don't express outrage - do something about it - change the President and change the influence of lobbyists

Best of luck - because I hate to tell you this - less of the world is listening to the American Bully Pulpit - that stopped in 2002.

P.S. - Who is the ONLY country to be designated a STATE SPONSOR of Terrorism? No - not Iran. Not North Korea. The USA.

Guess what though? You will discount that as propaganda.

Unfortunmately, none of this will change until Americans learn a lot more about the impact of their Foreign Policy in the world.

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