30 May 2008

With friends like this...

And this is our close partner in the Middle East?

LA Times: A barber in Saudi Arabia faces beheading for the crime of using God's name in vain. Sabri Bogday, a Turk who cuts hair in the Saudi port cityof Jidda, is awaiting appeal on his sentence. Press reports say Bogday cursed during an argument with a neighbor, who later complained to police. This nation is ruled by a strict Wahabi brand of justice that doles out lashings and public beheadings for crimes including murder, rape and heresy. Bogday has been in jail for 13 months. Turkish President Abdullah Gul has asked Saudi King Abdullah to spare the barber. But the Arab News daily reported that there could be complications hinging on arcane interpretations of Wahabi religious law by fundamentalist judges.

Our "conservative with a heart" leader seems to be genuinely full of mirth as he sits beside his buddy King of Saudi Arabia Abdullah bin Abdulaziz while sipping tea last week at the King's Villa in Saudi Arabia. The Saudis bankroll much of the fundamentalist movements throughout the Middle East. It was thus no accident that the 9/11 attack was carried out almost entirely by Saudis. Yet we're currently occupying Iraq and threatening Iran. As Michael Parenti says, Bush's policies have been a spectacular success . . . from a certain perspective. It just depends on which side of the gas pump you're standing on.

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