Tuesday, September 22, 2015

The liberal paradox

That bastion of human rights abuse, Saudi Arabia, has been in the news again recently, this time sentencing a 17 year old boy to death by crucifixion (WTF?) for seemingly nothing more serious that demonstrating against the totalitarian regime there and having an uncle (also scheduled to be executed) that has seriously fallen out with the ruling crime family. Not only are they planning on crucifying this unfortunate lad, when they're through doing that they're going to behead him. We can only assume it's "just to be sure". Not only has this entire "legal" process been conducted behind closed doors and in secret, confessions have rumored to have been extracted using torture.

If it wasn't for oil, regional politics and the arms trade, this backward and culturally toxic country would probably be facing sanctions up to their agals (if it existed at all). The paradox is that whilst social media is awash with liberals whining about the treatment of Muslim schoolboy Mohamed El-Hassan Mohamed who got arrested in Texas for taking a homemade "clock" that looked just like a bomb into school, I would bet a million dollars hardly any of them would have heard of this poor guy. On the one hand you have a clearly opportunistic fraud who was out to cause trouble and on the other you have someone with, you know, actual liberal principals - it's such a screwed up world we live in.

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