Wednesday, November 21, 2007



Stephen Parrish said...

It's against the law for a woman to drive a car in Saudi Arabia. And if she exposes her ankles she's subject to beatings by the roving Morality Police. Although the Bush administration is quick to criticize human rights violations in China (where women can drive and expose their ankles), it doesn't bat an eye at Saudi Arabia.

Is it because we have military bases in Saudi Arabia, but not in China?

Is it because oil comes from Saudi Arabia, but not from China?

Is it because justice is subject to the needs of the State Department?

Most of the 9/11 hijackers were Saudis. What if they had been North Koreans? Burmese? Cubans?

Kim Stagliano said...

It turns my stomach. We don't give two shits about Democracy. How can we say or believe otherwise when we are allowing $99.99 a barrel oil prices without batting an eye. While they bat their women around like something less than a dog.

amanda said...

SP you have hit the preverbial nail on the head - oil.

SmartlikeStreetcar said...

We've been following this story for awhile. I believe that it's even worse than you know, for the last that I heard, her husband has now been sentenced to death for criticizing the judge.

And, just as Stephen suggested, I think 18 or 19 of the 9/11 hijackers had Saudi passports.

Read here if you want to know more about the strange connections between the Bush and the Bin Laden families. This isn't a conspiracy site; it's a Canadian Broadcasting Corporation documentary that still gives me chills.

Church Lady said...

This makes my blood boil.
And as long as the country continues to accrue wealth, I think change will be slow. They can afford to insulate themselves.

Barbaric is the only word I can think of.

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Well, we do have ourselves in a bind. It's easy to sit and stuff ourselves with turkey and lament the brutalness of the crime and punishment, not to mention the constant human rights violations in that part of the world.

It's not so easy to do something about it. The world (the US is hardly alone in this) is addicted to oil, and the Muslim countries own a major portion of it. Those are facts.

Kim Stagliano said...

We can vote. We can vote. We can vote. We can vote. For people who don't come from, live in, feel beholden to oil. I don't know that any politician has the gumption to force us to change our oil guzzling ways, R or D. But I have feeling it's more likely to be a D than an R, at least in theory.

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I agree, Kim. And we need alternatives--alternative lifestyles, purchasing habits, and options.

I'm thankful you provided such a thought provoking post. (I posted over at my blog on this issue today.)


Capucine said...

Hi Kim. I am appalled by this story that appeared yesterday on "Le Monde" website but without any possibility to make a comment. Saudi is really middle-aged compared to the other Gulf countries
Any way to do anything ?

Kim Stagliano said...

Bonjour, Capucine. Je pense que.. Oh the heck with it! We have to stop buying their oil. Painful as that will be. Hideously painful. Our parents and grandparents made GREAT sacrifices during WWII. Where is our resolve??