The U.S. Vice President is joining other world leaders to pay tribute to the Saudi royal family following King Abdullah’s death. Saudi Arabia beheaded more than 83 people in 2014.
Aaron Nelson (The Pontiac Tribune) — When it comes to beheadings, ISIS has nothing over Saudi Arabia.
Nevertheless, the United States wasted little time announcing they’ll be sending a delegation led by Vice President Joe Biden to pay respect to King Abdullah’s family and the country of Saudi Arabia. His death leaves Queen Elizabeth II as the world’s oldest-living monarch.
President Obama said in a statement it was “with deep respect that I express my personal condolences and the sympathies of the American people” to the king’s family and all Saudis. Secretary of State John Kerry said the United States had “lost a friend” with Abdullah’s death. George H. W. Bush said he was “deeply saddened to learn of the passing of my dear friend and partner King Abdullah.”
Mr. President, as an American citizen against any absolute monarchy, I request you please withdraw my assumed sympathy for the Saudi royal family. I don’t think I’m the only American that feels this way.
Saudi Arabia follows a strict version of Islamic Law and the size of the Saudi royal family (7000+) secures complete domination of the entire political system. Citizens are still sentenced to death for non-fatal crimes such as apostasy, drug use, drug trafficking, sex, and sorcery.
Nevertheless, in 2010 President Obama very quietly sold $60 billion dollars worth of fighter jets and attack helicopters to Saudi Arabia. It was the largest single sale of weapons to a foreign nation in the history of the United States.
“Hiding this in a recess announcement is a sign of how unpopular it is,” Rep. Anthony Weiner said at the time. “It’s bad policy that now is further tainted by shameful process.”
For more than 200 years Wahhabism has been Saudi Arabia’s dominant religion, still favored by the monarchy today. Devoted Wahhabis, such as Osama Bin Laden, believe that anyone (even Muslims) who is not practicing Wahhabism is their enemy. As devoted Wahhabis, Bin Laden developed a very close relationship with the Saudi royal family. (Hint: King Abdullah)
The President of the United States is honoring the same family that once paid the most famous terrorist in the world‘s construction company billions of dollars to build mosques and palaces in Saudi Arabia.
U.S. officials and corporate media outlets have used videos of ISIS beheading journalists in the past for war propaganda, but for some reason the Saudis executions have always been ignored by the Western world. More than 2,000 people have been killed by execution since 1985 in Saudi Arabia, and their headless bodies are often left in public squares as a warning to anyone who would dare consider breaking the laws the monarchy creates.
The corporate media commonly demonizes countries such as Iran whenever they execute a criminal is this way, yet our friends in Saudi Arabia lead the world in decapitations. Haven’t we always been told America goes to war to save people from countries with brutal governments that ‘cut-your-head-off-with-a-sword-for-selling-drugs’? There is definitely a double standard here.
“There seems to be a disconnect between Saudi Arabia’s condemnation of the practices of the Islamic State and the kingdom’s own state-sanctioned practices,” says Lina Khatib of the Carnegie Middle East Center in Beirut.
Why? Well, have you ever heard of the petrodollar?
Have you ever thought about what’s inside the 28 redacted pages of the 9/11 commission report?
If you want an answer, these are the questions you must be asking. Serving as the world’s largest producer and exporter of oil means you’re going to make a lot of friends. It also makes you very, very powerful. (Hint: The Saudi Role in Sept. 11 and the Hidden 9/11 Report Pages)
Barack Obama once bowed down to King Abdullah and George W. Bush made a point of being photographed holding his hand. The values of Saudi Arabia’s Islamic dictatorship are directly opposed to what the United States claims to stands for. These days, what DO we stand for?
The ‘War on Terror‘ is nearly 14 years old. Americans have allowed alarming legislation such as the Patriot Act and NDAA to pass and U.S. police equipment and training programs to be militarized.
Islamophobia has dramatically increased and secretive surveillance agencies have been granted limitless power. Terror alert levels on the TV ordered by the government were actually a real thing, airport security has become offensive, and beheadings of American journalists justified the bombing of 2 countries.
Americans know what to do when they’re under a ‘shelter-in-place‘ lockdown, catastrophic military interventions have continued being sold to the public with outright lies, and as a result of the mess we’ve created the United States is at war with tens of thousands of Islamic militants calling themselves the Islamic State.
Shame on the United States and their hypocrisy. I’m going to be paying close attention to which world leaders feel this monster’s legacy needs to be honored as if he was some kind of hero.
Featured image credit:(AP/Charles Dharapak)