Saudi Arabia declares atheists are terrorists

19 November 2015 6:59 am

Human rights abusing Saudi Arabia, one of America’s closest allies, has introduced new laws which define atheists as terrorists.

According to The Independent, Saudi King Abdullah has clamped down on all forms of political dissent and protests that could "harm public order". Ostensibly, these new laws are supposed to combat the growing number of Saudis travelling to take part in the civil war in Syria, who have previously returned with newfound training and ideas about overthrowing the monarchy.

However, Article one of the new provisions defines terrorism as "calling for atheist thought in any form, or calling into question the fundamentals of the Islamic religion on which this country is based". Despite all the human rights abuses, countries look the other way. Saudi Arabia provides oil and business links.

Human Rights Watch has called on the US to stop selling bombs to Saudi Arabia for use in its air campaign in Yemen, which has killed hundreds of civilians and allegedly violated the laws of war

That comes after the Pentagon announced that the US has approved a $1.29 billion arms sale to Saudi Arabia, despite widespread mounting evidence of the country's mass atrocities and possible war crimes in neighboring Yemen

At the same time, Francois Hollande’s “war” with Islamic state won’t stand in the way of France selling arms to Saudi Arabia, the country which lent its Sunni-Wahhabi creed to the Isis killers of Paris.

As Robert Fisk in The Independent says, the Saudis are far too busy blowing up bits of Yemen in their crazed war against the Shia Houthis to worry about the Sunni-Wahhabi crazies of Isis.

“Their enemy remains America’s new best friend – Shia Iran – and they are as keen as ever to dethrone the Alawite-Shia President of Syria, even if Isis is in the front line against Bashar al-Assad. They know that French foreign policy has favoured Saudi trade as fervently as it once opposed the Iranian nuclear agreement – and that billions of dollars’ worth of US military supplies will still flow to the kingdom despite their countrymen’s links to the cult which destroyed 129 lives in Paris.”

The arms sales from the US and France show there’s no way Saudi Arabia will be disciplined for its human rights abuses.
Saudi Arabia's justice system, lack of democracy and its restrictions on the rights of women have made it an object of criticism for decades for human rights groups including several based in Britain, during which time the two countries have maintained close government relations.

Saudi Arabia is the biggest purchaser of British weapons systems, and there are also strong diplomatic ties due to the British and American security presence in the Gulf.

So the rule with Saudi Arabia is as follows: The Saudis stand in the forefront of the “war against terror”. Saudi Arabia takes a hard line, arresting, torturing and imprisoning “terrorists”. Saudi Arabia stands behind the French and the Europeans in their struggle against “terror”, along with the Egyptians and the Russians and the Pakistanis and all those other “democrats” in their “war against terror”.

The hypocrisy on all sides is obscene.