“A leading Saudi cleric warned women who drive cars could cause damage to their ovaries and pelvises and that they are at risk of having children born with ‘clinical problems.’ Sheikh Saleh Al-Loheidan’s widely derided remarks have gone viral as activists claim a website urging women to defy their country’s driving ban has been blocked in Saudi Arabia. ‘If a woman drives a car,’ Al-Loheidan told Saudi news website sabq.org in an interview, ‘it could have a negative physiological impact … Medical studies show that it would automatically affect a woman’s ovaries and that it pushes the pelvis upward.’ Explained Al-Loheidan, ‘We find that for women who continuously drive cars, their children are born with varying degrees of clinical problems.’”
Haha. LOL. Lets all guffaw at the stupid Muslim leader.
But we need to think about how we can be brainwashed into accepting unacceptable situations. Propaganda does not only take the form of lies and deception. It can also work by encouraging us to treat something as funny when, in fact, the joke covers over a real evil.
I’m talking about Saudi Arabia and our government’s relationship to it.
Actually, that statement is a whitewash. I’m talking about the Saudi dynastic kingdom that is virtually the closest partner with us in all our Middle East efforts, which our government portrays as aimed to spread democracy and human rights. It is a window into how US politicians who advance this alleged effort are blatant hypocrites.
As if any Saudi woman who is now begging to be permitted to drive a car would not long for the freedoms that her sisters have in Syria under Bashar al-Assad!
We have not only overthrown dictators who were no more absolutist than the Saud ruler, but we have gotten dictators killed who were repressive precisely so that they could protect the rights of women and religious minorities from Islamic extremists.
No, it is even more perverse than that. In the case of Libya and now Syria, a country that allows no religious freedom is allowed to send, arm and fun criminal terrorists to overthrow governments that attempt to preserve religious freedom. In fact, it is happening in Iraq, as well, with Sunni Al Qaeda terrorists constantly bombing and killing Shiites in repeated attacks. The Iraqi government is not being paranoid to perceive Saudi money behind these terrorists. And the US doesn’t care because neighboring Shiite Iran (unless things really change, which I still doubt) is considered the number one threat in the region.
We thus stick with our “close partner.” All that disgusting behavior and repression and just plain stupidity is countenanced by our government as it “works with” the Saudis.