Sunday, January 25, 2015

Sickening hypocrisy

As usual, the hypocrisy is breathtaking and sickening.

Rightly condemning the ISIS executions as barbaric and totally unacceptable, world leaders  simultaneously heaped praise on the late Saudi King Abdullah and flocked to his funeral, sucking up to the new regime.

John Kerry says the leader of one of the world's most intolerant, barbaric nations was a man of wisdom and vision. Christine Lagarde says he was a champion of women's rights. British flags should be at half mast, the UK government advised. Tony Blair said he admired him greatly.

Stephen Harper praised him as an ardent defender of peace. The French said he worked for a just and lasting peace in the Middle East. David Cameron praised his commitment to peace and for strengthening understanding between faiths.

Meanwhile in the real world Saudi Arabia is the world's leading financier of Sunni terror groups. They sent tanks into Bahrain to put down the Shia majority's uprising against the minority Sunni regime there. And constantly urged the US to bomb Iran, which is Shia.

ISIS is barbaric for beheading people, our leaders say, but they heap praise on the leader of the nation that kills many more that way. Others, such as anyone convicted of adultery, can be stoned to death.

Most of their public beheadings go unnoticed in the west. Only recently with blogger Raif Badawi in the news (a thousand lashes and ten years jail for suggesting free speech might be a reasonable idea) has their 'justice' system attracted some coverage.

The focus on that also drew the west's attention to the gruesome beheading of Layla bint Abdul Mutaleb Bassim, a Burmese woman married to a Saudi. One of the cops filmed it and posted it online. He's now in jail charged it's assumed with invasion of privacy.

Some media outlets have gone on to report that the Saudis executed 87 men and women last year, most beheaded, with ten people beheaded this month.

Leaves ISIS looking like amateurs in comparison, yet they're the face of evil while the Saudis are our great friends.

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