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  • winsabokk winsabokk May 23, 2010 9:12 PM Flag

    ABC Roundtable discussion-Pathetic

    Spouting off? You might want to read your own posts lol.

    And rather than listen and believe the Saudi King, I'd rather think for myself.

    I'll admit I'm speculating but with such little transparency WRT goings on in Saud Arabia, I believe that that in itself provides a clue that maybe what the Royal Family tells us might not be totally accurate WRT goings on in SA. Duh

    And facts are hard to come buy, nevertheless you yourself speculate as to some universal evil ideology among Muslims???? what you got to back that up?

    <<There has been virtually no poverty in Saudi Arabia.>>

    A striking manifestation of poverty is the large and growing number of street beggars. According to published data, the number of arrested Saudi street beggars, both male and female has been on the increase. Most alarming is the number of beggars who are children. A Saudi journalist complains about “convoys of human beings who arrive every day… who could be a source of danger to the citizen and the security of the land.” The author, Salwa abu Mideen, complains that beggars search the garbage cans, which cause “the spread of bad odors, flies and mosquitoes.”(24)

    The charts provide visual evidence of the pervasiveness of the Saudi royal oligarchy over all ruling positions of the Saudi kingdom. The charts provide a picture of the extent to which an oligarchy of a little over 100 princes, related by blood and accountable only to themselves, control the lives and well being of 22 million Saudis.

    <<What is the evidence that "inequity" drove any major acts of violence?>>

    Well the above quotes as to Saudi governance (and there's lots more at the link) point to a lot of inequity in terms of who gets to decide how things get done in that society but here's a bit more in terms of how the econmic pie gets shared:

    In 1999, the National Commercial Bank estimated that out of a population of 20 million, there were 120,000 millionaires controlling a combined fortune of over US$400 billion. Meanwhile, according to the Saudi American Bank, 20 percent of Saudi men between the ages of 20 and 29 had no paid work.

    More info about Poverty and wealth in Saudi Arabia

    And keep in mind, it's Western governments that made this regime possible and continue to prop it up give it legitimacy.

    Don't get me wrong, I honestly believe that there are radical muslim leaders outside of the Saudi Royal Family that will use religion to recruit people to do nasty things.

    More on that in the next post...

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