Eulogizing King Abdullah…


On the NY Times, we read:

King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia, who came to the throne in old age and earned a reputation as a cautious reformer even as the Arab Spring revolts toppled heads of state and Islamic State militants threatened the Muslim establishment that he represented, died on Friday, according to a statement on state television. He was 90.

The royal family moved quickly to assure a smooth transition of power in a nation that is a close ally of the United States, the world’s largest exporter of oil and the religious center of the Islamic faith…

“As our countries worked together to confront many challenges, I always valued King Abdullah’s perspective and appreciated our genuine and warm friendship,” President Obama said in a statement issued by the White House. “As a leader, he was always candid and had the courage of his convictions.”

Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr. announced that he was to lead the American delegation “to pay our respects and offer condolences.”

There’s more:

President Obama said in a statement it was “with deep respect that I express my personal condolences and the sympathies of the American people” to the king’s family and all Saudis. Former President

Former President George H. W. Bush said he was “deeply saddened to learn of the passing of my dear friend and partner King Abdullah.”

King Abdullah ruled Saudi Arabia for 10 years. Through every year of his reign, Saudi Arabia continued its grand tradition of being considered one of the most oppressive and least-free nations in the world.

Saudi Arabia is not known for respecting and valuing individual rights; on the contrary, it is known for actively combating individual rights for anyone other than strict male adherents to the official state religion of Wahabbist Islam. Furthermore, the Saudi Royal family and numerous other powerful families in the good Kingdom are frequently found to be connected to various Islamic terror groups across the world, providing funding through various laundering schemes. Indeed, Bin Laden was Saudi; most of the 9/11 hijackers were Saudis; the original core of Al-Qaeda, forged in the fires of the Soviet-Afghan war in the 1980s, was built entirely around Saudi money and manpower funneled into Afghanistan to fight the Russians.

For anyone who values peace and freedom, there is very little to smile at in Saudi Arabia. King Abdullah did not attack the status quo in any significant manner. He maintained, and even furthered in certain respects, the severe repression that goes on in the Kingdom. Some people may eulogize King Abdullah as a “shrewd and moderate operator”; I eulogize him as a monster and a pox on humanity.

This is why reading comments like those in the articles above make me shake my head. “Genuine and warm friendship”? “Dear friend and partner”? Gimme a break.

Obama expresses “the sympathies of the American People” upon King Abdullah’s death. Lemme tell ya: They ain’t no sympathies of mine. My sympathies go out to the people in Saudi Arabia who have to live each day in fear of being clobbered by their own government. What I express to King Abdullah upon his passing is more along the lines of “Good Riddance.”

Franklin D. Roosevelt, in reference to a rotten Latin American dictator who was working with the US, once said this: “Somoza may be a son of a bitch, but he’s our son of a bitch.” Abdullah may have been Bush and Obama’s son of a bitch, but he ain’t no son of mine.

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