Sean Fenley

Sean Fenley
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Sean Fenley is an independent progressive, who would like to see some sanity brought to the creation and implementation of current and future, US military, economic, foreign and domestic policies. He has been published by a number of websites, and publications throughout the alternative media.

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Salon.com
DECEMBER 30, 2011 11:37AM

Saudi Arabia: A More Legitimate Partner than Iran?

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A deal was just confirmed to approve the sale of 29.4 billion dollars in aircraft to the vile, sinister, and iron-fisted Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. The assistant U.S. secretary of state for political-military affairs said the deal was not solely directed towards Iran, but was for the purpose of meeting the needs of one of our “partners”.

Saudi Arabia is a United States partner? Anyone who is not in a coma, of course, knows that we have been in cahoots — for a long time — with this horrid and disreputable and ossified administration; but a United States partner? Other than one is Sunni (majority) and one is Shia; one is Arabic and one is Persian; one is run by a profoundly backward kingdom that pushes a conservative form of Islam on its people, and one essentially uses a dictatorship of fossilized clerics to do so; and both afford an extremely limited amount of freedoms to women (Saudi Arabia is probably the far worse of the two in this arena) — I fail to see much that is discernible or recognizable, that is a difference between the two of them!!?

Iran is currently being demonized for its ostensible pursuit of nuclear weapons, but Saudi Arabia recently announced that it should be acquiring them also! And even with our eyes fully wide open (knowing that US foreign policy is to promote so-called myopic US interests and not about anything having to do democracy, benevolent ideals, or highly unrealistic and fanciful notions), it just strikes me as bizarre, and exceedingly strange to be selling this level of military equipment to such a benighted, despotic, invidious and deleterious administration. (A government which has still fairly recently, aided in crushing a democratic uprising in Bahrain.)

But then again, under the guise of fighting “communism” — and now, of course, so-called terrorism — I guess that this is just the kind of thing has been going on for a long, long time. History is littered with thugs, and despots and authoritarians, armed and abetted — and given free rein to the teeth — to do their very worst, by the government of the United States of America! Pinochet, Mobutu, Somoza, Suharto… One doesn’t need to look, far or wide, to find a despot and mass killer (in the historical record), who has been supported by the “benevolent” hand of the good ole U.S. of A!

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Cmon Sean, Parsi woman are far more attractive than Arab woman, in fact speaking of Arab woman the sheik has good reason to sleep with his camel. Intellectually the Parsi have given us Zarathustrianism the Arabs invented burkha’s (again you can’t really blame them).
"...both afford an extremely limited amount of freedoms to women (Saudi Arabia is probably the far worse of the two in this arena) ..."

Exactly right, but unfortunately the free-est regime in the history of the Middle East for women no longer exists...

We destroyed it in 2003.

And BTW Sean, for a woman's perspective on Iraq after Saddam, you might want to check out Layla Anwar's blog, highly recommended and often quoted by me, way back when I was still a VERY SERIOUS BLOGGER, and only today I was reading her jolly response to US liberals who now apologize for the genocidal Occupation that none of us really did much to stop.

"I spit on your condolences cards..."

Now it seems to me that you probably already know about Layla Anwar, but I'll include a link just in case.

Arab Woman Blues