Yes, you read that correctly. Fox News reports that a 19 year old Saudi woman who was beaten and gang raped by seven men, who then took photos of her, and threatened to kill her was sentenced today to 90 lashes for being alone with men not related to her.
According to the woman, who is only named as “G”, she was blackmailed into meeting a man, who had threatened to accuse her of having a relationship with him out of wedlock. She met the man, and they drove off. Later on men with knives and meat cleavers met the couple and proceeded to rape and photograph the woman. Five of the rapists have received sentences of 10 months to five years, and the woman is to be flogged for being in a car with a man.
If there is one reason that America needs to be energy independent, and there are many, it is to keep ourselves from being beholden to “these people” of Saudi Arabia. On any level, America needs to take every step possible towards this goal so we can truly be honest brokers in the Mideast region, and not have to tolerate working in partnership with the “Eddie Haskells” of the modern world.
This is a cause that the American public, left or right of the aisle can agree on. While the Saudis are a sovereign people, and have the right to run their country as they see fit, America also should disassociate itself from this nation. While we are at it let’s add China, a country that makes Hitler’s Germany and Stalin’s Russia look like Disneyworld – add up the math of the deaths since the “Cultural Revolution”, which effects are still being felt today. Who you associate speaks volumes of who you are. Would any of you tolerate a person in your house that would practice genital mutilation upon teen females? Would any of you, regardless of your stand on abortion, have lunch at your table with a person that stuck a needle filled with poison into the skull of a child while being born – at the order of the state for being a second child? While corporations and politicians, who are often their benefactors, talk about the need for interaction with these nations, I have my doubts that the good people of this country would willingly associate with people who commit such atrocities on a daily basis. Such acts, whether done by individuals on their own, or by nation states, are indeed acts of terrorism.
The United States correctly disassociated itself from business with South Africa and Rhodesia due to their horrendous apartheid policies. Clearly, the abuses against basic human rights is more than equalled by these two tyrannies. As a nation we must be willing to maybe take the hit in the wallet and stand for moral principle. If not, if we as a nation turn a blind eye to the excesses performed by the governments of these nations we are little better than they, and in fact bankroll their atrocities.
Morality has a place, and this is one place where as a nation we must decide with our wallets, if the concepts of progressive democracy, characterized in our Declaration of Independence and our Constitution apply only to those lucky enough to be born in this nation, or if in fact they are gifts to mankind as stated by the Founding Fathers of our Republic.
“The hottest places in Hell are reserved for those who in time of moral crisis preserve their neutrality.” It is time for we the people to get off the fence.