Monday, October 29, 2007

A royal welcome for...

His royal highness, the self appointed custodian of Mecca and Medina (and allegedly of Ikea and Abu al Abd's shawarma place in the Midan) has arrived in London. Here he will meet a female head of state who will not ask him why women are not allowed to drive in his kingdom, enter music shops (until recently) and travel without permission from their "guardian". He also did the following to one of her citizens:
"He woke up in the Madhethe interrogation centre, where the Saudi police demanded he confess to being a British spy ordered to plant bombs in the country. He told them the bombs were obviously the work of Saudi Islamists – a view now accepted to be true – so they hung him upside down and began to beat his feet and buttocks with an axe handle for eight days. All the while, he could hear his friend Bill Sampson being gang-raped in the next room."
Those two foreigners got off lightly, unlike the many Saudi's who barely survive such treatment. Few things rile me more than the "kingdom" and it's obscenely "polite" and affluent section of society which ignores the ugly and festering reality hidden under it's gleaming exterior. The "kingdom" where the name of Islam has been mired in filth and ignorance, the only country in the world named after the ruling family who claim they own the very earth if not the people on it. Their "liberal" TV stations grace our airwaves with obscene and lewd "artists" and television shows which entice people to a lifestyle that is not theirs and never will be, while their official version of Islam is used to capture the disillusioned and impoverished youth who reject the very decadent lifestyle that Saudi money promotes and encourages. If you don't believe me, turn your television to LBC, the rabidly anti-Palestinian, anti-Syrian and till recently closet anti-Muslim television station. You will see a Saudi (and very Wahhabi) sheikh answering religious fatawas, something which was virtually impossible and unthinkable until the arrival of a certain very rich (and now very dead) Lebanese billionaire.
Truly they own both the carrot and the stick for many in the Arab and Islamic worlds. The prophet Muhammad once said of their land, Nejd, "Earthquakes and fitnah are there, and there shall arise the horn of Satan." like many things that this wise man once said, I'm starting to wonder whether there isn't some truth in that statement.


Amre El-Abyad said...

There is some truth in the statement, except that it goes for Persia not Nejd.

Anyway, I fully agree with everything you mentioned about that house. However, as Arabs we have to lay aside our differences. We have one common enemy at the preent-Iran. That is if we are really intereted in liberating Iraq from the Iranian occupation

Hisham said...

Don't know whether to laugh or cry at the utter hypocrisy of those Western governments... rolling out the red carpet to one of the most abject dictators on earth... how is that for spreading democracy... It makes me sick!

وسيم said...

We should all cry Hisham, not just because of the hypocrisy but because we had allowed ourselves to imagine those countries as better than us somehow and that they were the model we should emulate. We believed in human rights, nationhood and all the ridiculous self righteous pageantry of peace and humanism, only to find that those who taught it to us were liars.

وسيم said...

Amre, your argument is pathetic.