Friday, January 09, 2015
Stephen Harper and the Saudi Blogger Floggers
Yesterday he declared that an "international jihadist movement" had declared war on Canada.
And claimed that only he could save us.
But who will save us from his good friends the Saudis? The beating heart of the jihadist movement.
Who would flog a blogger so savagely.
A Saudi Arabian blogger has been publicly flogged after being convicted of cybercrime and insulting Islam, reports say. Raif Badawi, who was sentenced to 1,000 lashes and 10 years in jail, was flogged 50 times. The flogging will be carried out weekly, campaigners say.
Because for them and Great Closet Leader, who would call himself a human rights champion, it's just business as usual.
The federal government has helped secure a $10-billion US deal for a Canadian company to sell armoured vehicles to Saudia Arabia, a country widely condemned for its human rights abuses.
Despite the corruption of the Saudi leadership, and its appalling human rights record.
Saudi Arabia permits beheading and stoning as forms of criminal punishment for murder and rape, alongside social crimes such as adultery. Homosexual acts are also punishable by death, flogging and imprisonment, as is drug use. Saudi Arabia is also regularly condemned for its treatment of women, who will earn the right to vote in 2015, but who will still be disallowed from driving cars — or armoured vehicles, for that matter.
Or the fact that Osama Bin Laden and most of the 911 terrorists were Saudis, and that backward kingdom is the biggest backer of violent jihadist movements all over the world.
Still our Harperite cult, and its sorry stooges like John Baird, would prostrate themselves before them.
Ottawa hasn't hidden its affinity for the Saudi royal family. Baird praised a deceased prince for "dedicat[ing] his life to the security and prosperity of the people of Saudi Arabia" and another as "a man of great achievement who dedicated his life to the well-being of its people."
"I am very bullish on where the Canadian-Saudi Arabian relationship is going," Ed Fast told the Saudi Gazette in August. On his second trip to the country in less than a year, Canada's International Trade Minister boasted about the two countries' "common cause on many issues."
And this is the bottom line: the Cons are in bed with the most reactionary barbarous Islamist regime in the world. The ones who created Al Qaeda and ISIS, the ones who fund terrorist groups all over the world. And anything the Cons say on that subject just reeks of hypocrisy.
As does anything they say about democracy.
Stephen Harper a human rights champion. Don't make me laugh.
And if we believe in freedom, and are all Charlie.
We are also all RAIF ...
End that brutish murderous punishment.
And free Raif Badawi...
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