posted on Feb, 24 2005 @ 12:38 PM
Saudia Arabia has announce that it intends to allow women to hold public office and even vote in upcoming elections. These revelations where a part
of conference held between Saudi Arabia and England. This is a historic shift in position for the fundamentalist Islamic nation who has been listed
for many years as an abuser of women's rights.
In his keynote address, Prince Saud said the role of Saudi women was changing rapidly. “Our educational reforms have created a new generation of
highly educated and professionally trained Saudi women who are acquiring their rightful position in Saudi society. I am proud to mention here that
this year we shall have women working in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs for the first time,” he said.
Prince Saud refuted allegations that Saudi Arabia was promoting terrorism. “Saudi Arabia is a deeply devout society. Like other societies, we have
our share of an extremist minority. Uninformed Western perception, however, has made the exception in our society the rule.”
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The changing face of Saudi Arabia is a testament to the effectiveness of US and British Policy toward the Saudis. The much maligned relationship
that these western nations have maintained has had the effect of initiating reform within the heart of Islam. Saudi Arabia is the spiritual center of
Islam and it could be said that for them to begin recognizing women's rights is akin to Israel putting pork on the Kosher menu. This "evolution of
the kingdom" is being accomplished without CIA covert ops, without smart bombs, and without open hostilities. Rather it is being accomplished via
friendly relations with the country.
I would not go so far as to say that our relationship with the Saudis is a picture of human advancement and equality, far from it. The kingdom is
still rife with inequality and injustice, but it is moving in the right direction. Would that we could find ways to transform Iran and Korea in like
fashion. I believe this is what President Clinton had in mind when he bribed the N. Koreans into suspending their nuclear program. Unfortunately not
all dictators have the best interests of their people at heart. I am not sure that Prince Faud's motives are pure and altruistic in this matter but
the results are the same.
With the heart of Islam moving toward women's rights, perhaps women will gain some measure of power within the Islamic world and bring a motherly
tollerance into their social and political landscape. Could this be the beginning of the end for Islamic Fascism? I hope so. It certainly is a step
in the right direction.