December 1, 2006, - 9:43 am

Official Saudi Newspaper Cites & Agrees With Schlussel

By Debbie Schlussel
Something I never thought I’d see: Saudi Arabia’s official English language daily, Arab News, cites me with approval, in today’s edition. (The paper also says it’s “The Middle East’s Leading English Daily.”)
Arab News Senior Editor and columnist Rasheed Abou-Alsamh actually agrees with my column on the absurdity of Colorado Attorney General John Suthers’ recent trip to Saudi Arabia and the egregiousness of Saudi Arabia’s continued insistence that convicted slaveholder/rapist (among other things) Homaidan Al-Turki is somehow a “victim” of the American justice system.
His column, “No Tears for Homaidan Al-Turki” is excellent in its own right, but especially when you consider that it’s a Saudi state-sanctioned publication that regularly spouts extremism. Here’s the quote:

American commentators in newspapers and on blogs were outraged that an American official had to fly to Saudi Arabia to explain why Al-Turki had been found guilty and sentenced to jail time. . . .

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“In an utter display of American weakness and shame, Colorado Attorney General John Suthers traveled to Saudi Arabia to apologize. Apologize for the American justice system and virtually everything else that America stands for,” fumed conservative blogger Debbie Schlussel.
“Suthers said that, under Saudi law, four eyewitnesses are needed to prove a rape case. Memo to Suthers: You are the Attorney General of Colorado, not Saudi Arabia. The four witnesses is taken from Islamic law, since Saudi Arabia is a theocracy. We are not. And that should be the end of the story.”

I’ve been a frequent critic of Arab News’ extremist positions and “reporting,” but Abou-Alsamh’s column on this particular issue is a breath of fresh air. Upon doing further research on him, it turns out he is also a reporter for the excellent Washington Times (but he also reports for the extremist Egyptian state-sanctioned Al-Ahram and the hate-America Christian Science Monitor). Abou-Alsamh is a Saudi-American raised in Europe and South America.
Shukran (Thank you), Rasheed. Mabrouk (Congrats) on your brave position on this issue. Moumtez (Excellent). But we must all be careful to note that this is an aberration, not a trend, in the Saudi media.

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8 Responses

Well, I would be skeptical though. Two things:
1 – As you wrote, he writes for a “Saudi state-sanctioned publication,” a country currently a big sponsor of terrorism and hate-America propaganda.
2 – He writes in English. That means for English-speaking readers, not necessarily Saudis or Arabs. I would consider it a kind of propaganda to butt-kiss, to fool or to advance their filthy cult in the West, just like Al Jazeera in English is trying to do.
I will not trust the Muslims until they renounce the Quran and the Hadith and especially all the quranic verses that advocate hating and killing the non-Muslims, especially the Jews and the Christians.
And since that will never happen, then I’ll be very skeptical, I will never trust them and I will be very careful when dealing with them.
How in the world can we trust people who believe in a cult that is ordering them to hate and kill us??
BELIEVE ME, I’M NOT FOOLED INTO THINKING THIS PUBLICATION HAS CHANGED ITS TUNE. IT’S JUST ONE COLUMN. BUT STILL, IT’S AMAZING THAT THEY’D EVEN PRINT THIS ONE COLUMN. YOU RAISE GOOD POINTS, MOST OF WITH WHICH I AGREE.
DEBBIE SCHLUSSEL

Independent Conservative on December 1, 2006 at 10:53 am

Is it a full moon Debbie?
This is amazing and thanks for making note of it. I always try to look past the sterotypes first in one on one dealings with all people–and wonderfully some folks prove that is often worth the risk.
Kudos to you DS.

BB on December 1, 2006 at 12:10 pm

It’s not surprising that anyone, including our enemies, would truthfully say that the DA’s actions were not only a farce, but a dangerous precedent. It seems the only ones who are out-to-lunch in this regard, were the brainless turd who went to Saudi Arabia, and the LIBERAL media who do everything to kiss the enemy’s ass.

Thee_Bruno on December 1, 2006 at 12:45 pm

Ether I’m still asleep or this is true. But be careful DS….I think it’s some kind of a set up to make you think they truly agree with you. That’s what I believe.

Squirrel3D on December 1, 2006 at 1:40 pm

>>BELIEVE ME, I’M NOT FOOLED INTO THINKING THIS PUBLICATION HAS CHANGED ITS TUNE. IT’S JUST ONE COLUMN. BUT STILL, IT’S AMAZING THAT THEY’D EVEN PRINT THIS ONE COLUMN. YOU RAISE GOOD POINTS, MOST OF WITH WHICH I AGREE.
DEBBIE SCHLUSSEL<<
I trust that you have good judgment.
Just be careful thinking that them being nice to us is a good sign.
I dealt with Muslims closely and I can tell you that they will do anything to advance their cause. Betraying and lying is also part of their nature.
You see how they manipulate and using our judicial system, our lawyers, our Constitution, our so-called “Human Rights” organizations and NGOs to further their control over our way of life and imposing their evil cult and culture on us.
You can see that clearly in Europe. It is their plot to slowly and steadily conquer the West, something they failed to do centuries ago but are succeeding in doing it these days.
They are winning because as evil as they are, they victimize themselves and put the blame on us to obtain concessions.
Do not trust anybody in general, Debbie, unless it’s a very close friend or family, and especially do not trust Muslims.
I understood your reply.
I’m just talking in general.

Independent Conservative on December 1, 2006 at 1:48 pm

I think you should all be less paranoid. I am not trying to trick any of you into “liking” Muslims. I just thought that Americans needed to know that there are many Saudis who are revolted by what Al-Turki did to his maid.
Unfortunately, too many foreigners are treated very badly in the kingdom. I have tried through my weekly column Manila Moods to highlight the injustices done to foreign workers in order to try to change the system and behavior of Saudis. I think that I have been slightly successful in doing that, but much, much more needs to be done.

Rasheed's World on December 1, 2006 at 2:19 pm

Yeah, Debbie! It was quite a surprise reading your name in today’s paper!!! Sadly, there is probably only a very small handful here in Saudi that will know who you are when they read the article.
You didn’t per chance pull the paper up on-line at any time prior to today and see any of the letters which many have written to say how awful “we” Americans are for punishing this man and his wife! Oh my gosh – how could we – the nerve! As well, there were articles – one saying something to the effect that Saudi’s should be extra cautious about sending their kids to the States [article is here: http://www.arabnews.com/?page=1&section=0&article=86840&d=20&m=9&y=2006 – you know – they were given those, what, 14,000 or 15,000 scholarships? And this article, http://www.arabnews.com/?page=13&section=0&article=86725&d=18&m=9&y=2006, asking what sentence will be given to the American soldier who raped and murdered a teenage Iraqi girl while pointing out without listing “the horrendous crimes Americans are committing in Iraq, in Abu Ghraib.” Prince Ahmad [http://www.arabnews.com/?page=1&section=0&article=80323&d=5&m=9&y=2006 says the sentence is unfair; and senior [Saudi] officials have intervened to resolve the case [http://www.arabnews.com/?page=1&section=0&article=75794&d=4&m=9&y=2006 – makes it rather obvious why the Colorado Attorney General decided that he needed to head over to The Sandbox to apologize.
You name appears on page six [in the Philippines section] on the bottom half of the paper in a “boxed” article. If you’re interested, e-mail me and I will send you a copy of today’s paper – with its pale mint green front and back pages – we call it “The Green Truth.” The Arab News [http://www.arabnews.com/ which says it is the Middle East’s Leading English Language Daily has little competition here in Saudi – there are only two English papers, the other is The Saudi Gazette [http://www.saudigazette.com.sa/index.php. Independent Conservative is right about the paper’s “tune,” and has obviously read more than one of Linda Heard’s articles, along with a handful of others!
Articles published in The Saudi Gazette on the subject of Mr. Al-Turki include this one,
http://www.saudigazette.com.sa/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=9473&Itemid=146, that states that a Saudi writer and an expert in criminal law, “observed what he believes was religious-based discrimination in Al-Turki trial. He said that the man looks so religious and was accompanied by his wife to the US, making it almost impossible for him to commit such a crime because no wife would ever accept such a thing.” [Huh? He looks so religious?!?] The article is worth reading for the “defense” arguments made by this [so-called] “expert.”
Another on students believing that the case of Homaidan Al-Turki would have an adverse impact on their education is here, http://www.saudigazette.com.sa/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=14442&Itemid=146; and this article, http://www.saudigazette.com.sa/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=14718&Itemid=146, calls for a boycott on US Products. There are a few other articles, and again, many letters written.
Last, I don’t know how much of today’s paper you read on-line, but did you happen to catch the article that says “Bush Supporters are Loonier, Says Study,” it has been prominently printed on the back page, but if you pull up Arab News it’s right there on the top of the screen. Here is the link: http://www.arabnews.com/?page=1&section=0&article=89427&d=1&m=12&y=2006&pix=kingdom.jpg&category=Kingdom. I’m surprised this hasn’t made it onto the posts of quite a few blogs, yet, I’ve only so far seen it mentioned at http://hillaryneedsavacation.blogspot.com/. Imagine using that headline with the word “Loonier” in an American paper?
Again, just let me know if you want today’s paper, Debbie.

BT in SA on December 1, 2006 at 3:27 pm

Mr. Abou-Alsamh also mentions in the last paragraph of his article the case of the 16-year-old girl [who was gang-raped] who has been sentenced to 90 lashes for being in a car with a male who was not a relative… If this were the case, here, and the law applied to ALL of us who are not allowed to drive ourselves, then “Saudization” might actually be achieved with the number of lashers that would be required to keep up with the women who dare commit such an egregious offense [all because we can't drive ourselves!].

BT in SA on December 1, 2006 at 3:38 pm

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