Thursday, January 21, 2010

Why doesn't the world community get upset about Saudi Arabia?

Instead of getting all worried about how terrorists are being treated at Gitmo, how about some concern about what Saudi Arabia does to school girls? Here is a story of a girl who brought a cell phone to school and so has been sentenced to 90 lashes and two months in jail.
Three years ago 16 schoolchildren, aged between 12 and 18, were each sentenced to between 300 and 500 lashes for being aggressive to a teacher.

Under Saudi's Sharia or Islamic law, flogging is mandatory for a number of moral offences such as adultery or being alone in the company of an unrelated person of the opposite sex. But it can also be used at the discretion of judges as an alternative or in addition to other punishments.

Al-Watan said a court in the northeastern Gulf port of Jubail had sentenced the girl to 90 lashes inside her school, followed by two months' detention.

The punishment is harsher than tha dished out to some robbers and looters.

Saudi Arabia, a leading US ally in the Middle East, is an absolute monarchy controlled by the Al-Saud ruling tribe, and lacks any legal code.

....The Saudi court system is exclusively controlled Wahahbi/Salafi clerics, and bans the employment of non-Salafi citizens, especially as judges.

Saudi Arabia is the world's leading country in the use of torture-by-flogging, public beheadings and publically crucifying condemned prisoners.

The country crucified two people in 2009, including one in the capital Riyadh during President Barak Obama’s visit last April.
Imagine if we had constant world outrage directed at Saudi Arabia with students protesting in the street around the world in support of these school children being sentenced to the lash. Instead, we get silence. And protests against the United States and Israel for imagined or exaggerated offenses. Part of the problem is political correctness where western activists hesitate to criticize a Muslim country. And part of it is the tread of self-hatred that so many westerners seem to feel for their own societies without realizing that, in the grand scale of vile behavior, there are so many worse governments and societies that are out there and whom we should be focused on.

1 comment:

John A said...

"brought a cell phone to school and so has been sentenced to 90 lashes and two months in jail.

OK, the lashing is overly severe. But please, it was not because she had a phone, it was because she was violent to a teacher. How violent? Not stated, which is too bad.

I am no fan of SA, mind. Even the 19th Century navies usually limited punishments to twenty lashes or less - not sixty. And it is ridiculous that a woman who must be driven to the airport because women are not allowed to drive then boards one Prince's multi-engine jet - as its pilot!