Saudi Wahhabi religious police who strictly and mercilessly enforce tyranny and religious fanaticism and extremism.
The American press feigns outrage over human rights abuses in Iran and Syria, and that’s all well and food, but are oblivious to the far worse offenses in the Wahhabi tyrannical kingdom of horrors that is Saudi Arabia.
If you’re offended by the extreme misogyny and religious intolerance of the Taliban, know that the source lies in Saudi Arabia and the ideology at the heart of the founding of the kingdom, the 18th century fanatical invention by Mohammad Ibn Abdul-Wahhab.
Admittedly the Taliban practiced a more extreme version of misogynistic rituals, but extreme is simply relative and the ideology basis is the same. Yes, the Taliban prevented women from going to school and demanded the covering of the face as well as opposed to Saudi allowing girls to study (in segregated schools) and only demanding a veil and not the burka. But th man who for decades was the senior religious scholar in the kingdom – bin Baz – was a serial pontificating advocate on restrictions on women’s rights, from clothing to positions in public life. And even once wrote a piece condemning a women’s menstrual cycle as a reflection of his impure and inferior status, so as to condemn the very biological makeup – the very being – of women. Saudi Arabia’s own already horrific and cruel tyranny is a notch less worse than the Taliban, but the ideological basis is still found in the kingdom’s clerical establishment.
But that brings us to another point: cruel and unusual punishment. This is a kingdom that practices ritual beheading. And, yet, no word of protest in the American media for the simple reason that not unlike the US government (in fact, the former take their cues from the latter) the press adhered to a simple criterion: a nation’s human rights abuses will only be scrutinized if the nation is not aligned with US interest, like Cuba, Iran and Syria but not Saudi Arabia, Morocco or Jordan.
So this charming act of child abuse and Medieval barbarism in the modern era will go without mention in the New York Times:
“Six orphan girls aged between 12 and 18 have been flogged in Saudi Arabia after being convicted of attacking the head of their orphanage, an official said. The girls received 10 lashes each at a women’s prison in Medina, Islam’s second holiest city.”
The horror of it, and can you imagine if this was Iran?!