United States should not embrace Saudi Arabia

by 1389 on July 3, 2013

in 1389 (blog admin), Saudi Arabia, U.S. State Department, women's issues

From Seacoastonline.com (Portsmouth Herald, Portsmouth, NH):

July 02, 2013 2:00 AM

June 30 — To the Editor:

I was repulsed to see the recent news photo of Secretary of State John Kerry hugging and embracing Saudi Foreign Minister Prince Saud al-Faisal during Kerry’s recent trip to Saudi Arabia (see http://www.bostonglobe.com/news/world/2013/06/25/saudi-minister-pledges-aid-for-syrian-rebels-facing-genocide-kerry-more-circumspect/CzIajy5RUhRiiMRb8BWl6I/story.html).

Do you see the tragic irony here?

Why is our country’s secretary of state embracing a representative from arguably the most repressive nation on Earth? The list of human rights abuses happening in Saudi Arabia is extensive and shocking. This is a country that routinely beheads people for witchcraft and sorcery; has a capital punishment law for being homosexual; prohibits churches, temples or any religious building other than mosques; prohibits women from voting or even driving a car; sends hate literature around the world denigrating Christians and Jews; and even severely discriminates against other Muslims who are not Wahhabi Sunnis.

Saudi Arabia is a fascist, theocratic regime and represents the antithesis of freedom. Our country and nations around the world should be shunning, censuring and condemning Saudi Arabia. Instead, our nation continues to align itself closer to the Saudis. Most recently, we have become allies with the Saudis and Qatar (another Wahhabi Sunni country) against the Assad (Shiite) regime in Syria. By aligning with Wahhabi Sunnis, we have chosen sides in the centuries-old conflict between Sunnis and Shiites. We have made the Shiites our enemy, which encompasses up to 200 million people worldwide. Does anyone else see that there is something very wrong with this picture?

John Meinhold

Portsmouth

{ 3 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Dan Jones July 3, 2013 at 11:18 am

It’s called oil. Maybe you have heard of it.

2 1389 July 3, 2013 at 11:36 am

No need to take such a patronizing tone with our blog and its contributors.

That said, it is the Obama Administration and its “green” boondoggles, together with the environmental movement (which gets funding from Mideast oil interests), that keeps us from achieving energy independence. We could be fully independent of Muslim-dominated energy sources if we had the political will.

3 Angrymike July 3, 2013 at 11:40 am

1389
Your absolutely correct, with Fracking and Canadian oil we prolly would be free from all Arab oil, but Dear Leader keeps pushing back against known energy solutions ……..

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