Moshe-Mordechai van Zuiden
Psychology, Medicine, Science, Politics, Oppression, Integrity, Philosophy, Jews

The largest democracy helped solidify Saudi Arabia’s oligarchy?

I’m the first to admit that I don’t know much about Saudi Arabia.

Yet, I did notice that SA has been singled out for preferential treatment by the US, time and again. Even when it turned out that most of the Twin Tower bombers came from the SA, it did not receive any backlash from it. When Trump published his camouflaged Muslim immigration ban, SA was not in the list of banned countries. I leave in the middle why that is.

Now a report came out that the US has helped SA to clamp down on (royal) opposition against SA’s new ruler. They were not even dissenting – it was a list of SA royals who felt critical of the new head of their junta. Hardly an attempt at popular rule, but if even power sharing at the top becomes impossible, how far away is real democracy then?!

My question is: is this alleged passing on of US intelligence a matter of one or two rich USers (Trump. Kushner) supporting a SA rich guy, or is this the policy of the present democratic USA, to aid a dictator to even fend off his own family – allegedly?

If this truly happened, where does that leave the US as champion of democracy?

The same can be asked on how it treats the Chinese police state and the Russian semi-democracy (ask gay Russians about their democratic status) with kid gloves.

Allegedly, politics is always dirty. Even if that were true, every instance should be called out anyway, so that can’t be an excuse.

This, a democracy allegedly aiding a dictator, stinks to high heaven and should be investigated. If it wasn’t illegal – immoral it was for sure – maybe the US should get a law that forbids it to aid non-democratic rulers against attempts to democratize that country.

What will be next? Giving Russian and Chinese rulers US intelligence gatherings about their oppositions? Or is that happening already?

People who are outraged about Facebook having been used to violate people’s privacy should think about how US spy agencies can use their information about any citizen in the world to betray him/her against her/his government.

PS: How strange to see a friendly Saudi prince address the Israel public not to fear their nuclear ambitions. He knows (and speaks) Hebrew (!) but doesn’t know that we have a democracy? He does mention Netanyahu who he even calls Bibi too. We in the West only make a difference between a state and its people if the rulers don’t do the population’s bidding. He should not worry: we all (95%) trust Bibi’s security assessment – there is no need to address us directly. This whole video is strange given that SA isn’t close to creating such weapons. The friendliness (and Hebrew) are good. Let’s wait and see if it’s just an Arafat smile or will have any substance.

About the Author
The author is a fetal survivor of the pharmaceutical industry (DES - Diethylstilbestrol), born in 1953 to two Dutch Holocaust survivors who met in the largest concentration camp in the Netherlands, Westerbork, and holds a BA in medicine (University of Amsterdam). He taught Re-evaluation Co-counseling, became a social activist, became religious, made Aliyah, and raised three wonderful kids. He wrote an unpublished tome about Jewish Free Will. He's a vegan for 8 years now. * His most influential teachers (chronologically) are: his parents, Nico (natan) van Zuiden and Betty (beisye) Nieweg, Wim Kan, Mozart, Harvey Jackins, Marshal Rosenberg, Reb Shlomo Carlebach and lehavdiel bein chayim lechayim: Rabbi Dr. Natan Lopes Cardozo and Rav Zev Leff. * Previously, for decades, he was known to the Jerusalem Post readers as a frequent letter writer. For a couple of years he wrote hasbara for the Dutch public. His fields of attention now are varied: Psychology (including Sexuality and Abuse), Medicine (including physical immortality), Science, Politics (Israel, the US and the Netherlands, Activism - more than leftwing or rightwing, he hopes to highlight Truth), Oppression and Liberation (intersectionally, for young people, the elderly, non-Whites, women, workers, Jews, GLBTQAI, foreigners and anyone else who's dehumanized or exploited), Integrity, Philosophy, Jews (Judaism, Zionism, Holocaust and Jewish Liberation), Ecology and Veganism. Many people can't understand or like him because he has such a wide vision that he never fits any specialist's box. But that exactly what others love about him. Many of his posts relate to affairs from the news or the Torah Portion of the Week or are new insights that suddenly befell him. * He hopes that his words will inspire and inform, reassure the doubters but make the self-assured doubt more. He strives to bring a fresh perspective rather than bore you with the obvious. He doesn't expect his readers to agree. Rather, original minds must be disputed. In short, his main political positions are: anti-Trumpism, for Zionism, Intersectionality, non-violence, democracy, anti the fake peace process, for original-Orthodoxy, Science, Free Will, anti blaming-the-victim and for down-to-earth optimism. Read his blog how he attempts to bridge any discrepancies. He admits sometimes exaggerating to make a point, which could have him come across as nasty, while in actuality, he's quit a lovely person to interact with. He holds - how Dutch - that a strong opinion doesn't imply intolerance of other views. * His writing has been made possible by an allowance for second generation Holocaust survivors from the Netherlands. It has been his dream since he was 38 to try to make a difference by teaching through writing. He had three times 9-out-of-10 for Dutch at his high school finals but is spending his days communicating in English and Hebrew - how ironic. G-d must have a fine sense of humor. In case you wonder - yes, he is a bit dyslectic. November 13, 2018, he published his 500st blog post with the ToI. * He likes doing age-appropriate and age-inappropriate things and looks forward to getting to know his timeless mature out-of-the-box soul mate. * To send any personal reaction to him, scroll to the top of the blog post and click Contact Me.
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