a reply to: mike dangerously
Whether one believes that Saudi Arabias officialdom had a hand in the 9/11 attacks or not, elements, powerful ones in their society, absolutely did.
They paid for it, and many, many more events of a despicable nature to boot. Whether they paid for it on behalf of manipulators close to DC, or
whether they paid for it off their own backs, the Saudi power base has an awful lot to answer for, and does not make for a nation with whom a decent
people should align themselves. This means, of course, that the US government, and for that matter my nations government, should not have diplomatic
ties with this nation, not participate in its efforts, until or unless the following things occur.
First, the Saudis who are paying for terrorism now must be rounded up and tried as traitors to the human species, under laws written under strictly
Second, the nation itself, and by extension its leadership, must deconstruct the bonds that tie religion to the law of the land with the rigidity that
is seen at the moment. Freedom is paramount to any civilised society, and if there is no freedom in a land, the west should not deal with that land or
any cohort of it (although, that would necessitate a far greater respect being paid to the concept of freedom and liberty by western powers, which
might be tricky, since many western powers are currently in the process of dismantling liberty at every possible opportunity). In a land where a woman
has virtually no proper rights, where a man can be beheaded for petty offences and speaking their mind as they ought to have a right to do, there
cannot even be the pretence of freedom, and that accurately describes the situation in Saudi Arabia, ergo, western powers should not deal with that
Third, Wahhabism must be abandoned in favour of a more traditional, less psychotic Islamic paradigm, because it is toxic, not only to Islam as a
whole, but the species. That which threatens mankind as a species must be opposed. This species has a job of work to do, if it is to reach its
potential, rather than be constantly craning its neck to see its loftiest peak, and among many other cultural sicknesses (like blind capitalism so
entrenched as to value its continuation more highly than it does human life, or extreme socialism so rabid as to make all commerce impossible)
Wahhabism threatens to hold back the whole species in a way that Islam, unfettered by the evils of Wahhabism, would not.
If these three key things are addressed, then Saudi Arabia would be a nation that anyone could do business with, absent any qualms about doing so. As
it is however, the west should not be investing in, with, or with the assistance of the Saudi Arabian government, it's institutions, companies, or any
company owned by or earning money for its citizens.