One sometimes wonders if one has woken up in a psychedelic 'Alice in Wonderland' type world with a mad queen shouting "Off with the heads" at anyone daring to criticise her.
Just two weeks after the Paris shooting, where all the Western heads of states gathered to march for freedom of speech and formed a coalition to fight the Islamic State (IS), the ruler of Saudi Arabia, King Abdullah Al Saud died at the age of 90. Considering that he really has ruled Saudi Arabia for 20 years since the stroke of his half-brother, and given the things that I will outline shortly, one would think that the Western mass media would be overjoyed and jubilant at this fact. I know you would think those words jubilant and overjoyed are a little over the top, but Western media and leaders actually quite enjoy the killing of its foes and make no disguise of it. The lynching of Colonel Gaddafi by Western sponsored goons in Libya was greeted by Hillary Clinton with the upbeat words: "We came, we saw, he died:"
But no, Western media lamented the death of this *great leader and reformist" as they wrote. The British queen was saddened by his death, the flag at Whitehall in Britain was on half mast and as I write the leaders from all over the world, including Obama, Cameron, Hollande, the prince of Wales, the crown prince of Denmark and numerous others are flocking to Saudi Arabia to pay their last respect. John Kerry tweeted that Abdullah was "a man of wisdom and vision". Joan Smith in an excellent opinion piece in the Independent wrote in response to the drivel coming from head of the IMF Christine Lagarde:
So what the hell was the IMF boss, Christine Lagarde, thinking about when she described Abdullah as a "strong advocate of women"? She did add "in a very discreet way".Yes, you can say that again!
CNN wrote in their piece on his death:
Most Saudis will remember him fondly.One can rightfully ask, what basis they have for making such a statement.
Okay, now lets get back to reality and give the sickbags a rest.
As mentioned above King Abdullah was at the helm for 20 years, enough time for any leader to have a real effect on a country and thus a criticism is justified. Take a look at the following and see if you would qualify those as being that of a visionary and reformist in line with the values that we allegedly fight to defend:
- Wahhabism is the state religion in Saudi Arabia. It supports the ruling dynasty and the dynasty supports Wahhabism. This is a holy alliance dating back to 1744 between Muhammad bin Saud and a conservative puritan preacher Muhammad ibn Abd al-Wahhab. Thus the state religion is Wahhabism, an aberrant and extreme form of Islam and in no way representative of the worlds 1.6 billion Muslims. Sharia law applies, women are to be completely veiled, and a strict adherence to the Wahhabi version of Islam rules the kingdom.
- Wahhabism is also the religion of Islamic State (IS) and Saudi Arabia has been the key supporter of IS, who not surprisingly have the same liking for misogyny, beheadings, floggings and violence etc.
- Saudi Arabia has been hellbent on regime change in Syria and have armed and trained all kinds of terror groups for this purpose. Quite a lot of this has been coordinated with the governments of the West and Israel. Numerous clerics have actively been recruiting willing believers and even prisoners on death-row have been pardoned, if they would fight Bashar Al-Assad and the Syrian people.
- Saudi Arabia has funded thousands of radical religious schools, madrassas,
all over the world in the vein of Wahhabism. Schools that teach
wahhabism and jihad. Schools that provide ample cannon-fodder, when the
Empire of chaos wishes to activate patsies or a private army, in order
to manufacture an enemy to hate and fight. As Vali Nasr said:
... In order to have terrorists, in order to have supporters for terrorists, in order to have people who are willing to interpret religion in violent ways, in order to have people who are willing to legitimate crashing yourself into a building and killing 5,000 innocent people, you need particular interpretations of Islam.
Those interpretations of Islam are being propagated out of schools that receive organizational and financial funding from Saudi Arabia. In fact, I would push it further: that these schools would not have existed without Saudi funding. They would not have proliferated across Pakistan and India and Afghanistan without Saudi funding. They would not have had the kind of prowess that they have without Saudi funding, and they would not have trained as many people without Saudi funding.
- Beheadings are a common practice and happens on average every fourth day in Saudi Arabia.
- Free speech is No-GO territory and a blogger Raif Badawi who crossed the line in his blog, was sentenced to 1000 lashes of the whip, which is being administered at 50 lashes per week. To show their humanity, the court allowed the second set of flogging to be postponed as the wounds from the first set of floggings had not healed sufficiently.
- Saudi Arabia sent in its military 2011 to quell an uprising in the neighbouring Bahrain, where the ruling Al-Khalifa clan were being challenged by the people as it wanted reform and democracy. But Bahrain is home to the US fifth fleet, so a compliant dictator is very handy.
- Saudi Arabia has brutally suppressed dissidents in the Kingdom and especially in the Qatif province.
- Women don't have the right to drive in Saudi Arabia. As the only country in the world this is the case and two women, who crossed the ban have been referred to a terrorism court.
- Apostasy is punishable by death. See blasphemy laws in Saudi Arabia.
- Torture is used in the Kingdom.
- Gay rights. What gay rights?
- The king ,who Christine Lagarde called a strong advocate of women has kept at least two of his daughters under house arrest for the last 13 years. As the article about this affairs says:
Under Saudi law, girls and women are forbidden from travelling, conducting official business, or undergoing certain medical procedures without the express permission of their male guardians.
Sahar said that the sisters had enjoyed a pampered adolescence but that animosity towards her and her sisters had grown after they began to complain to their father about the poverty endured by most of the Saudi people.
Some of the young princes had also criticised them because of their party-loving lifestyle.
'We slowly watch each other fading away into nothingness'
But it was in the late Nineties that matters came to a head when Hala, who has a degree in psychology, complained that the regime's political opponents were being locked up in the psychiatric wards of the hospital where she worked.
- Remember 9/11? Well if we go by "the official theory", then 15 of the 19 alleged hijackers were from Saudi Nationals. If Western governments believe this version, then isn't it strange that no repercussions or sanctions have occurred against Saudi Arabia, who at the time was ruled unofficially by Abdullah? Now had the attackers been of Iranian or Syrian or Venezuelan or Russian nationalities, do you think Uncle Sam would have acted similarly? (As I said *the official theory", for a more likely scenario read 911 The Ultimate Truth.)
So is there nothing positive to say about Abdullah. Surely there must be something AND there is. He was not listed on the 97 pages of phone numbers that convicted pedophile billionaire Jeffrey Epstein had of high flyers interested in his underaged sex slaves. At least not officially!
So when you see all the Western leaders on TV lamenting the loss of a 'great' leader and all having changed button pins from "JeSuisCharlie" to JeSuisAbdullah", I will not hold it against you if you feel like your head is spinning. Remember every fourth day on average the regime that Abdullah presided over screamed "Off with the head"!