And I have to show them around and explain things to them.
Sovereign or not, I will be BEYOND embarrassed to try to explain to them that, inside these imaginary lines, women need to have all the skin of their back removed so that they cannot even sleep because they dared to be where men are ALL COVERED UP
By nature uncivilised in its treatment of women it's absolutely dreadful these creatures can treat anyone this way...A 19-year-old gang rape victim was sentenced to 200 lashes and to six months in jail for the crime of indecency and speaking to the press.
Saudi Arabia defended a controversial verdict sentencing a 19-year-old gang rape victim to 200 lashes and six months in jail. The Shi’ite Muslim woman had initially been sentenced to 90 lashes after being convicted of violating Saudi Arabia’s rigid Islamic Sharia law on segregation of the sexes.How can this be defended except by lunatics they should now there collective heads in shame .
Rights for oil? The U.S. Has responsibility to put pressure on Saudi Arabia to give basic human rights to its women. Hasn't it been our policy in other countries? Why does our government shrink from this responsibility. It's part of our democratic mentality. What are we telling the world when we turn a blind eye to human rights infringements from this 'ally' in order to keep the oil flowing?
Other than economic sanctions, there is no justifiable method of achieving this goal. Saudi Arabia is a sovereign nation with its own culture and its own set of beliefs. Whether we agree with them from a Western perspective or not, is immaterial.
I have no problem not trading with Saudi Arabia, but I think anyone who ponders this question really misses the point that all industrialized nations, chief among them, the United States, is partially responsible for the culture of brutality seen in countries like this. The brand of Islam that is practiced there, the one that treats women like dogs, is every bit purposeful and backed by foreign powers for the sole purpose of keeping the population subjugated and under control.
This subjugation allows for the elites in Saudi Arabia to reap massive profits and for foreign powers and corporate monopolies to make even more. It also is the main reason we have problems like "Islamic Terrorism" - push people around so much, keep them poor, keep them uneducated and they'll gravitate naturally towards a way out or a way to change things, violently if need be.
I urge anyone interested in this topic beyond what the media tells you to think to read "Confessions of an Economic Hitman" by John Perkins. Read this, it will open your eyes to the reality that Saudi Arabia isn't the problem for Saudi women - its the influence and demand of Western culture.
While I disagree with the way that women are treated in the nation of Saudi Arabia, the nation is sovereign, and as such, other countries would be rude in imposing their beliefs on them. As long as the country doesn't attempt to dissuade other countries who treat women fairly from doing so, than they should not be dissuaded from their own ideals as well.
Most people find it rude when others impose their beliefs on them (cue ultra-right winged Americans), so why should we do it to other countries?