Saudi Arabia


Saudi Arabia, a place where one can still visit the seventh century and not be in a museum.

I’ve been saying the exact same thing, the deceased Sowdy ruler was no one to honor, his country nothing to crow about. The only thing good about him is that he resembled (albeit somewhat) Colonel Sanders.

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How did Saudi King Abdullah become a world hero?

Saudi King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz al-Saud

Saudi King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz al-Saud speaks before a meeting with US Secretary of State John Kerry (not pictured) at his private residence in the Red Sea city of Jeddah. (photo credit:REUTERS)

You’d think that Mandela or Gandhi had passed away, such were the poetic love letters sent by world leaders and the way the death of Saudi Arabia’s King Abdullah was announced by media.

The sixth ruler of what popular Palestinian commentator Jamal Dajani calls “the medieval kingdom,” Abdullah was portrayed as a great world leader. The New York Times lauded him as a “shrewd force who re-shaped Saudi Arabia.”

“He will be remembered for his long years of service to the kingdom, for his commitment to peace and for strengthening understanding between faiths. My thoughts and prayers are with the Saudi royal family and the people of the kingdom,” declared UK Prime Minister David Cameron. He worked for “peace and prosperity,” Cameron said. Former UK leader Tony Blair claimed that the king was a “sound ally, a patient and skillful modernizer.”

Flags in England (but not in Scotland) flew at half-mast out of respect, and supposedly due to protocol, for this most wonderful and inspiring of monarchs.

US President Barack Obama spoke of a “genuine and warm friendship.” US Secretary of State John Kerry was among the most laudatory, calling Abdullah “a man of wisdom and vision… a revered leader.”

More here. H/T: Brian John Thomas

3 Responses

    1. I hear you Jon, this was one so called ”ally” we could afford to give the cold shoulder.

  1. It irritates me to no end to see western nations flying their flags at half-mast to honour the dead tyrant of sowdia barbaria for this gesture is not reciprocated by at least four muslim nations. If the queen of England were to pass away tomorrow they will not fly their flags at half-mast.
    “The flag of Saudi Arabia is one of the four flags in the world that are never flown at half-mast because it shows the Shahada. The other flags are the Flag of Somaliland (an autonomous region in northwestern Somalia), the Flag of Iran and the Flag of Iraq. Since all four bear the concept of oneness of God, the flag is never lowered to half-mast even as a sign of mourning, despite the fact that many other Muslim territories observe the official mourning of deceased Saudi kings by lowering their own national flags.”

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