As if Saudi Arabia weren't oppressive and repressive enough under the sharia ..... it is getting worse, as whole regions in the world get swallowed up by barbaric Islamic supremacism.
The heir to the Saudi throne is a brutal devout Muslim and an unequivocal supporter of the most radical and extreme ideology on the face of the earth, the sharia. We thought the lashings (for, among other things, defying the driving ban on women) and the amputations (for thievery) under the sharia in Saudi Arabia were horrible, but it appears that these will be considered the years of reform in comparison to what's coming.
A shadow has darkened prospects for democratic reform in Saudi Arabia with the announcement that the most envied, loathed, and feared man in the country is now heir to the throne. Unless the present king, the elderly and ailing Abdullah, outlives him, the newly named Crown Prince Nayef – himself in his late 70s – is likely to preside over an even more repressive kingdom than Saudi Arabia already is today.
Unpopular domestically, regionally, and globally, Nayef is known for his heavy-handedness, his unequivocal support for the religious establishment, his objection to judicial and political reforms, his opposition to the rights of women and minorities, and his control of the entire Saudi security apparatus.
Despite all this, and because of the challenges facing the Saudi regime at home and abroad, King Abdullah and some senior members of the ruling family deem Nayef to be the right man to rule Saudi Arabia next. President Obama, too, issued a positively laudatory statement—“I congratulate King Abdullah and the Saudi people on the selection of Prince Nayef bin Abdul Aziz as crown prince. We in the United States know and respect him for his strong commitment to combating terrorism and supporting regional peace and security”—even though Prince Nayef is reported to have refused to cooperate with the FBI after the 9/11 attacks on the United States and still insists that those attacks were caused by a Zionist conspiracy. Needless to say, Nayef has never declared his support for the Arab Peace Initiative with Israel.
Of course, Obama is thrilled -- he has done more than anyone else singlehandedly to aid the rise of Islamic imperialism and domination across the Middle East and Africa (not to mention what he has done here in the U.S.).
[....] Nayef will strengthen the Wahhabi religious establishment to intimidate the populace and keep them in check, as he has always done. A more theocratic and dangerous Saudi Arabia is inevitable under Nayef. It will be partly the fruit of the West’s appetite for Saudi money and oil.
Ali H. Alyami is executive director of the Center for Democracy and Human Rights in Saudi Arabia.
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