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Saudi Arabia: Fresh Repression




While America’s warmongering politicians ramp up regurgitated cold war rhetoric against the “Evil Empire” in an effort to appease the military-industrial complex, our so-called “partners in peace” in Saudi Arabia are at it again.

According to a report from Human Rights Watch, the Saudi government has instituted a series of new royal decrees that “turn almost any critical expression or independent association into crimes of terrorism.”

In fact it is now considered “terrorist” activity to be an atheist in Saudi Arabia, where the national motto affirms one nation under “Muhammed” – and no other god.

Just last week, Obama was in Saudi Arabia kissing the ring of Abdullah bin Abdulaziz – and vowing to pump more American weapons into Syria, where the Saudis want to remove the regime of Bashar al-Assad.

“Nothing like being close allies with one of the most despotic, Medieval and backwards societies on planet earth,” writes Michael Krieger of the Liberty Blitzkrieg blog.

U.S. Rep. Ron Paul was 100 percent right on this issue when he addressed the Saudi situation last fall.

“If Saudi Arabia wants to pull back from its deep and unhealthy relationship with the United States we should welcome such a move,” Paul wrote. “Then we might return to peace and commerce rather than sink under entangling alliances.”

Amen to that …

America’s foreign policy remains every bit as misguided as it is hypocritical … not to mention unsustainably expensive. A fall is coming, and when it arrives the “friendship” of the Saudis isn’t going to do a damn thing to help us.

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