“The Emperor’s New Clothes” tells the story of a vain Emperor consumed with his wardrobe. Two swindlers promise the Emperor the finest suit of clothes from a fabric so magical it is invisible to “hopelessly stupid” people. The Emperor hires the swindlers and pays them a great sum of money.
When the Emperor parades before his subjects wearing his new clothes the townsfolk play along with the charade not wanting to appear “hopelessly stupid”. A little child, too young to understand the pretense, cries out “look the Emperor has no clothes”.
From time to time we need to let our inner child free to call a spade a spade.
Following the death of King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz, monarch of Saudi Arabia, Western leaders lauded praises and accolades of the late King.
In honor of the late King the UK government requested “that all flags be half-masted from 8am today until 8pm this evening. Any other UK national flags flown alongside the Union Flag when it is at half-mast should also be at half-mast. If a flag of a foreign nation is normally flown on the same stand as the Union Flag, it should be removed.”
Former British Prime Minister Tony Blair said, “I knew him well and admired him greatly. Despite the turmoil of events in the region around him, he remained a stable and sound ally, was a patient and skillful modernizer of his country leading it step by step into the future.”
Shimon Peres and Reuven Rivlin, past and present Israeli presidents, eulogized Abdullah praising him for contributing to Middle East stability and the peace process.
President Obama was too busy to join world leaders at the Paris Freedom March, in support of the Charlie Hebdo terror victims, but found ample time to lead a US delegation to Riyadh to pay respects to the late potentate. Obama’s reverence to the king is not new; on 2009, in an event in London, Obama stooped down in front of Abdullah to express his adulations to the king.
US Secretary of State John Kerry described Abdullah as “a brave partner in fighting violent extremism who proved just as important as a proponent of peace.”
In the world economic forum in Davos, Abdullah’s death was a prominent subject of discussion, with a host of participants paying tribute to the king. Christine Lagarde, the head of the International Monetary Fund, went as far as hailing the monarch as “a strong advocate for women”
Who was King Abdullah The Great?
The late King Abdullah comes from a long line of ruthless dictators ruling Saudi Arabia with an iron fist, the Al Saud family. The royal family is notorious for plundering Saudi Arabia’s oil riches to lead an opulent life style and amass great fortunes. Fifteen percent of Saudis live below the poverty level, subsisting on less than $17 a day, yet last year Saudi oil revenues topped $300 billion. In 2011 the Saudi regime jailed two bloggers because they made an online film about poverty in Saudi Arabia.
“For more than two centuries, Wahhabism has been Saudi Arabia’s dominant faith. It is an austere form of Islam that insists on a literal interpretation of the Koran. Strict Wahhabis believe that all those who don’t practice their form of Islam are heathens and enemies.”
The European Parliament identified Wahabi and Salafi the roots of global terrorism.
King Abdullah used Saudi Arabia’s oil wealth to promote Wahhabi militants across the globe. Fifteen of the nineteen hijackers in the September 11, 2001 terror attacks on New York were citizens of Saudi Arabia. Under King Abdullah, the Saudi education system was used to indoctrinate children with hatred and incitement. Here are a few quotes from elementary school textbooks published by the Saudi Ministry of Education:
“The Hour will not come until Muslims will fight the Jews, and Muslims will kill all the Jews.”
“The Apes are the people of the Sabbath, the Jews; and the Swine are the infidels of the communion of Jesus, the Christians.”
Denying human rights for women is a Saudi official policy. Women are treated as property. A woman cannot leave the house without permission from her husband, in public a woman must be veiled and accompanied by a male family member, women cannot drive, if a woman is raped and reports the rape, without four male witnesses, she may be convicted of adultery and be executed, battery and polygamy are legal – King Abdullah is reported to have had more than 30 wives. But perhaps the most egregious assault on women is pedophilia; there is no minimum age for marriage of girls in Saudi Arabia.
Saudi Arabia’s human rights violations are countless. Homosexuals, lesbians, and women suspected of adultery are stoned to death in the public square; blasphemy is punishable by death – the Saudi regime derided Western countries for failing to defend the honor of Islam and demanded that they enact anti-blasphemy laws to criminalize criticism of Islam and its prophet.
Despite the Saudi regime’s blatant human rights violations, Saudi Arabia was elected to the UN Human Rights council.
We are living in a shameless bizarro world of double speak where good is bad and bad is good.
Next stop is the Nobel Prize committee, bestowing the Nobel Prize for peace on king Abdullah The Great in recognition of his prolific humanitarian work. All aboard please, the train of fools is about to pull out of the station.