Friday, November 30, 2007

Saudi rape gangs and farming

Crossposted from Left Toon Lane, Bilerico Project & My Left Wing

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This has to be one of the most disgusting stories of the year and it has been well reported in the MSM and the blogosphere. But here is my take on it...

This reads like Alabama in the mid 20th century. Roving gangs of white Klansmen would kidnap, beat and rape Black women and girls for the crime of being Black. (Wait, maybe this reminds me of early 21st century West Virginia).

Now in Saudi Arabia, the Klan hood has been replaced with the Arab Keffiyeh.

From the International Herald Tribune:

To understand the heinous double standards at play, look no further than the case of a 19-year-old Saudi woman who was gang-raped last year.

Despite being abducted and raped by seven men, a court in Saudi Arabia sentenced her to 90 lashes because she was in a car with an unrelated man before she was abducted. Saudi Arabia's ultra-orthodox interpretation of Islamic law preaches a strict segregation of the sexes.

The young woman had the temerity to appeal - and publicize her story in the media. And so, earlier this month, the court increased her punishment to 200 lashes and six months in jail. Her lawyer, a prominent human rights defender, was suspended and faces a disciplinary hearing.

And the actual abductors and rapists? They got between two and nine years in jail. A rape conviction in the kingdom usually carries the death penalty, but the court said it did not impose it due to the "lack of witnesses" and the "absence of confessions."

Once they rape all the women, you know the farm animals are next.

Anybody know how you say "squeal" in Arabic?