Now this is how to oppress women

Three cheers to Saudi Arabia, our supposed ally in the Middle East, for showing us their mastery of the art form of the oppression of women.

A 19-year-old woman was meeting a man to retrieve a photograph when the two were abducted and gang-raped by a group of seven men. The two victims were each sentenced to 200 lashes and 6 months in jail while the attackers were each sentenced with 2-9 years in jail.

Now you may be wondering why a rape victim and the victim of an abduction would be punished along with the actual rapists and abductors. Well, it turns out, they weren’t so innocent after all! They had the gall of meeting with each other without being married!

Al-Lahim said the man tried to blame his client for insisting on meeting him that day. It is illegal for a woman to meet with an unrelated male under Saudi’s Islamic law.

Saudi Arabia is the kind of company we keep simply because we are so addicted to oil that we need friends in the region, no matter how sick and twisted they are. Need I remind you, 15 of the 19 September 11 hijackers came from Saudi Arabia. Yet here we are, propping up this disgusting country, when we really should be giving them the kind of scorn that we’re wasting on the likes of Iran and Venezuala.

If we redirected just 10% of the amount we spend on oil from the Middle East to R&D on solar and wind power technologies, we’d be completely independent from the Middle East for energy within a decade. Yet it’s not going to happen because the oil companies are powerful, and Republicans, the ostensible “national security” party, are firmly in their pockets.

Besides all of the advantages of not being dependent on the Middle East for energy, and all of the effects on the environment, I’d like to see us independent from foreign oil for another reason: so we could tell Saudi Arabia to go fuck themselves.

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