Boo-hoo, a Saudi prince is upset because the conviction of a woman who was gang raped is making his country look bad. If you missed the previous story, she’s been sentenced to 6 months in jail plus 200 lashes for being raped.
The girl’s fate has become an issue in the US presidential election where the candidates have lined up to denounce her treatment as “barbaric”, and Prince Saud al-Faisal was forced, much to his annoyance, to answer hostile questions about her case at the Middle East peace talks in Annapolis this week. “What is outraging about this case is that it is being used against the Saudi government and people,” he told reporters.
You want us to see your country with respect? Then stop acting like fucking medieval fools and wake up to twenty-first century morality. I’m sorry you missed the enlightenment, but get a grip. If you want the respect of the world you have to earn it by acting civilized. (The same thing goes for the US who has been rightfully losing respsect over the past 7 years.)
The Saudi Justice Ministry has launched a deliberate “campaign of defamation” against the girl, said Farida Deif, a Middle East expert with Human Rights Watch, who is among the few independent observers to have met the girl. “They are saying she is not really a victim,” Ms Deif said. “They are implying she was an adulteress. They are saying she was undressed before the attackers entered her car.”
JFC, I mean, this is such fundamentalist bullshit about blaming the victim. If this girl is a victim of anything, it’s her patriarchal-fundamentalist government. I don’t care if a woman is naked in the middle of the street doing a pole dance. That doesn’t give a man a right to rape her. I wish all of the women in these countries would rise up and stage a revolution. They need to start kicking some man-ass.
Now, seriously, what can we do to help these women on a large scale that will make positive change happen and stick? I’m at a loss and just being pissed off doesn’t cut it. It’s great if anger leads to positive action, but it’s frustrating when you can’t figure out what to do. That’s where I am right now. And it makes me sick to my stomach that the US continues to consider an ass-backward country like this to be an ally.