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Human Rights Foreign Policy After Murder

In Foreign Policy, Front Page, National Security by Allen West

I have been listening to these pundits talk about why we need the kingdom of Saudi Arabia in the aftermath of the Jamal Khashoggi murder . . . . and yes, it was a murder. What is even more appalling is that the killing of Jamal Khashoggi was a sanctioned political hit job. It was deliberate, planned, and obviously ordered by someone high up in the ruling Saudi royal family. Eighteen fellas do not just fly to Turkey to meet with a green card holding, legal resident of America, who was lured into their embassy . . . who never walked out. Yes, Jamal Khashoggi was murdered, strangled, and his body dismembered . . . and we need these guys?

We need these guys who enabled 19 of their own to kill 3,000 of our own on 9-11? Do we need these guys who have been supporting and resourcing the spread of global Islamic jihadism and sponsoring radical Imams, building massive mosques? I have grown tired of the belligerence of the Saudis. Maybe it’s because I have never had any financial gain from them. I recall the crap they pulled with their oil embargo back during the Carter Administration, just because they could. I do not want to be dependent on the Saudis. I do not want them to feel that America “needs” them. And, if that means the Saudis threaten to join the China-Russia sphere, so be it. Frankly, give me Israel and the Kurds in the Middle East as our primary allies.

But, why do we need these fellas with whom we share absolutely no fundamental principles or values? What does it say about us, America, if we are sooo willing to subjugate ourselves to these tribal, rich, violators of any and every form of human decency, or rights?

As reported by the Daily Mail:

“Saudi Arabia has executed an Indonesian maid who killed her employer during a rape attack, sparking outrage in Jakarta. Ms. Tursilawati, who was working in the city of Ta’if, was found guilty of killing her employer in June 2011.  

Indonesian President Joko Widodo called Saudi Arabia’s foreign minister, Adel al-Jubeir, demanding to know why Jakarta had not been informed about Monday’s execution of mother of one Tuti Tursilawati. It was the fourth time in three years that Saudi Arabia had failed to notify Jakarta before executing an Indonesian migrant worker. 

‘We have called Saudi Arabia’s foreign minister and conveyed our protest,’ Mr. Widodo was quoted as saying by the office of his cabinet secretary. Indonesian advocacy group Migrant Care said in September that Ms. Tuti Tursilawati had been defending herself from being raped. 

‘The kingdom of Saudi Arabia has ignored principles of human rights, including a right for everyone to live,’ said Abidin Fikri, a member of Indonesia’s parliament. Ms. Tursilawati was executed just a week after al-Jubeir, met his Indonesian counterpart, Retno Marsudi, and Mr. Widodo in Jakarta to discuss migrant workers’ rights. During the meeting, Mr. Marsudi emphasized the importance of having a mandatory consular notification before carrying out death penalties.”

So, why do we “need” Saudi Arabia?

As long as the Saudis feel that we will not challenge their abhorrent behaviors, they will continue down this path. The Saudis have been effective in buying off political support, a bipartisan endeavor. As well, they have, along with China, embarked upon buying up large swaths of real estate here in America. Ask yourself, why do we need to be friends with a country that denies non-Muslims entry into two of its cities?

If we say that we stand for human rights, then, someone please explain to me why we “need” the Saudis? This relationship reminds me of a desperate boy who will do anything to have the girl who doesn’t want him . . . or vice versa. Regardless, it leads to an abusive relationship. I am tired of an abusive one-way relationship with the Saudis. And please, spare me the “we need the Saudis to stand against Iran” schpiel . . . we can do that very well with Israel and the Kurds!

The Saudis just executed a woman who was being raped, sexually abused, by a Saudi. Here in America, we protect women. We believe that a woman has a right to protect herself from sexual assault . . . obviously, the Saudis do not. Where is the leader of the Women’s March, Linda Sarsour on this? Hmm, chances are she agrees with the Saudis . . . after all, Sarsour once stated that she hoped a dear friend of mine, Brigitte Gabriel, would be raped.

The Daily Mail continues:

“Saudi Arabia is the world’s biggest destination for Indonesian maids and earlier this month the two countries signed a new agreement to jointly ‘supervise, monitor, and evaluate’ the workers. After the execution, the executive director at Indonesia’s Migrant Care advocacy group, Wahyu Susilo, called on Indonesia’s government to cancel the agreement.   

‘It turned out that Indonesia’s request [to protect the rights of migrant workers] was ignored by executing Tuti.’ Mr. Susilo condemned the execution and urged the President to take ‘serious’ diplomatic steps to prevent future uninformed executions. There are currently 18 Indonesian migrant workers on death row in Saudi Arabia. An Indonesian migrant worker, Muhammad Zaini Misrin, was executed in March this year for killing his employer, and two Indonesian female domestic workers, Siti Zaenab and Karni, were beheaded in April 2015.”

First off, Indonesia should fight to have its citizens released, and end the work migration to Saudi Arabia. I remember when I traveled through Dubai and saw incoming migrant workers being herded away and having their passports taken away. I think it is time these Saudis, and others, start working for themselves. If they cannot respect the basic human rights of others, and understand that non-Muslim women are not the lowest of lows, then I ask again, rhetorically . . . do we need Saudi Arabia?

Honestly, we do not need an association with anyone with whom we do not share the most basic of values. Hmm, ask yourselves, why is this not being taken up by the United Nations. or why have we not had widespread coverage of this tragedy by our own news media?

No, we do not “need” Saudi Arabia . . . and we “need” to convey that message to them!

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