America and the world’s democracies are very fortunate to have an ally such as Saudi Arabia whose forces are ever on guard to protect the people of that happy land from having to encounter such evil events as men and women walking and talking together. Yesterday, members of the Commission for the Promotion of Virtue and Prevention of Vice (Hay) smashed a ring of sex mad men and women who were attending a fair organized by British universities to help Saudi youth select a college. The police entered college grounds posing as representatives of a government body and made women leave the premises to avoid having them come into contact with the body of an evil man– male relatives, by definition, are not evil.
Not only were Saudi women made to leave but so were British women. The British women were serving as representatives of the 25 colleges which advertised their institutions since it made common sense to have women serve Saudi women. But, in the glorious democracy of Saudi Arabia even having women serve women is illegal if a man is within seeing distance.
Is the fact Saudi Arabia has oil the reason the world puts up with their nonsense?
Several years ago in Saudi Arabia a fire at a girls’ school resulted in several deaths due to inability of responding to the fire call because of gates that protected the school against male intrusion. Principals of girls’ schools in the Eastern Province of Saudi Arabia have been instructed to contact the Civil Defense in order to voice concerns over safety violations in school buildings. Lt. Hamad Al-Juaid, chief of Civil Defense admitted there were many safety loopholes in those schools, but blamed the Girls’ Education Department which refused to allow his men into the schools to deal with violations.
The Civil Defense made clear girls’ schools are vulnerable to fire which could resist in the loss of life of many girls, but the Education Department will not allow his agency to act. “They turned their backs on our recommendations to remove steel fences from emergency exists and gates” which he insisted would hurt rescue efforts.
One can only wonder how the Saudi government can remain so blind to dangers facing girls who are attending school. What will it take, another tragedy?
The Egyptian government called on rival Palestinian factions to unite in order to further the needs of Palestinians for a government. It believes there is need to rebuild security forces and come together as a cohesive force in dealing with the Israel government. There apparently may be a new opening that will assist a united Palestinian government since the Israel government is finally considering the 2002 Saudi Arabian proposal for peace on the basis of restoring 1967 boundaries. The Egyptian proposal calls for the immediate establishment of a Palestinian unity government.
The Egyptians are asking both sides to agree that whatever agreement is reached between Abbas and the Israel government should be accepted by Hamas. At this point, any agreement reached in the coming months would most probably be based on the Saudi proposal, one that is supported by President Abbas. Now, is time for Hamas to accept the reality of Israel as a state and work with other Arab nations to finally achieve peace in the Middle East.
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