Who Will Speak Up?

November 21, 2007

I don’t have words to adequately describe how sick this makes me feel. A 19-year-old woman was raped by seven men, and because she was with an “unrelated male” at the time, she’s being whipped and sent to jail. Initially, she was sentenced to 90 lashes, but because she spoke out, it’s been upped to 200.

And our state department has “expressed astonishment” but nothing stronger, and their “astonishment” wasn’t even expressed to Saudi officials. So, wait, it’s okay for politicians to go into a frenzy when Barack Obama doesn’t wear an American flag on his lapel, as though that proves that he hates America, yet this elicits… the equivalent of shaking a finger in admonishment – “Naughty, naughty!”

The only person I can see who’s gone on record so far with anything stronger is leaving her job in 2008.

Moveon.org takes out an ad about Gen. David Petraeus, and we get a Congressional resolution to denounce it.

It will be interesting to see if any of our current candidates or leaders have anything to say about this as the day goes on. Somehow, I’m guessing it’ll be pretty much ignored, and will fall off of the news sites in lieu of celebrity scandals and Thanksgiving travel stories.

Aside from writing letters to my representatives, I’m not sure what else I can do, aside from a donation to Amnesty International. Suggestions welcome.

I found the pin thing and the Betray Us kerfluffle idiotic and time-wasting enough as it was. Set beside this – which (dear god, I hope they prove me wrong here) I think will get downplayed because we want Saudi Arabia to co-sponsor a conference aimed at getting Israel and Palestine to have peace talks – those past things are all the more stupid.

This is something to get angry about.

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3 Responses to “Who Will Speak Up?”

  1. Completely agree on the sentiment here. But doing a /signed doesn’t spur much of a discussion.

    I’m going to take a stab at a bigger question here. If our national “silence” is do to political pandering to ensure the Saudi’s stay in tow what does that really accomplish.

    Call me crazy here but I think the mideast road plan to peace is such a farce. Considering there is a perfectly good road plan to peace already in existance I’m shocked (not really but any ways) that it’s not used.

    If you take what happened in Northern Ireland back in the 80’s (and hell for 200 years prior) up until present day. You have almost an identical situation that is now a non issue. I mean what changed in northern ireland to make the IRA a moot issue? The british SAS squash them? A true settlement reached?

    The answer is simple really. The economy in ireland went from a cluster fuck to a booming economy (much like the rest of GB and europe after the fall of the USSR). Basically taking all those shiftless irishmen (I say this tongue in cheek) and put their kids and them selves to work and raised their quality of living to a point where living seemed more profitable than dying.

    If you look at Gaza, the west bank and all of the palistinian settlements the same issue is there. Dismall quality of life issues. It’s pretty easy to convince a bunch of kids who all they see is oppression and no oportunity that blowing them selves up for alah will change the world for the better.

    This is alot of rambling but I think all these issues are so interalated. If you fix one you can actually tell the Saudi’s that it’s a no no and threaten with sanctions if they don’t reform and so on. Hitting them in the pocket book, which I think they understand quite clearly.

  2. Jen Clark said

    Did you hear about that girl working for Halliburton in Iraq that got gang raped by seven men two years ago? Apparently, they did a rape kit, “lost it”, and then put her in isolation for 24 hours until a sympathetic guard let her use a cell phone to call her dad back in the states. He had to get his Congressman to send government represenatives to go save her. Then, the Justice Department did nothing for two years, so she went to the media.

    Our current government is obviously not much better than it’s Saudi Arabian partners in “peace”.

  3. torteya said

    Apparently the King of Saudi Arabia pardoned the girl. It’s no judicial reform, but it’s gotta be an improvement for the poor girl.
    http://www.nytimes.com/aponline/world/AP-Saudi-Justice.html?ex=1355547600&en=32cd1c8e43ba59c7&ei=5088&partner=rssnyt&emc=rss

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