The international community is “appalled” by the sentence of 1,000 lashes (not to mention a $266,000 fine and 10 years in prison) meted out to a Saudi blogger for insulting Islam on his website.
Even this guy’s lawyer was sentenced to 15 years in prison and barred from traveling for another 15 after that for “undermining the regime and officials,” “inciting public opinion” and “insulting the judiciary,” according to the Associated Press.
And the sentence is appalling.
But, the Associate Press story keeps repeating that human rights groups and American officials are insisting the punishment is way out of line for someone “exercising his right to free expression,” and, well, news flash, there is no right to free expression in Saudi Arabia.
It’s just one of the rights enjoyed in the United States that is not available to people in most of the Arab/Muslim world. People seem to keep forgetting that Western countries in general, and the United States in particular offer their citizens rights and privileges not available to people in many other countries.
We’re special that way.
How are these organizational and government big shots forgetting this?
London-based rights group Amnesty International has said the blogger will receive 50 lashes once a week for 20 weeks, according the Associated Press.
“It is horrifying to think that such a vicious and cruel punishment should be imposed on someone who is guilty of nothing more than daring to create a public forum for discussion and peacefully exercising the right to freedom of expression,” an Amnesty spokesman reportedly said (emphasis mine).
Citing such a “right” would apply here in the U.S., but it’s not a concept they understand or care about in Saudi Arabia or much of the rest of the Arab/Muslim world. It’s just not part of their program.
Maybe this is the crux of the problem – that people in the West just don’t understand that the Arab/Muslim world lives on another plane of existence; another planet, where such concepts as “human rights” and “freedom of expression” are as alien as the idea of cutting out the tongues of people who say things we don’t like, is to us in the West.
On some level, I think, maybe these well-meaning officials just can’t internalize that the difference between Western or U.S. laws and those in these other nations is more than just semantics, but that Sharia Law bares almost no resemblance to Western law because Western law is based on values that at least radical Islam doesn’t share at all.
In Washington, the State Department spokeswoman said the U.S. was “greatly concerned,” with what she called the “inhumane” response to “someone exercising his right to freedom of expression and religion.”
Again, news flash. They have no such rights over there. We have them here, but they don’t have them there. They should have them there, but they don’t. It’s part of the problem some of us have with the Islamo-Fascists.
What part of that are these folks not getting? Do they think that the institution of Sharia law in the U.S. or elsewhere in the Western world would mean a change so insignificant that it would not be noticed by the general public?
If that’s it, wow, are they ever wrong.
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