Women Voted In Saudi Arabia, Window Or Revolution Dressing?

2016-04-20 13:37:50 | Midlle East News @ Al Muslim
Women Voted In Saudi Arabia, Window Or Revolution Dressing?
Window Or Revolution Dressing? Women Vote In Saudi Arabia

 

Saudi Arabia: Recently, the Western media was jubilant describing the one large leap that the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia had taken towards modernization, liberalization, and women rights. The ultra-conservative nation allowed its women to vote for the first time in December 2015. The move was welcomed and hailed as a significant step towards women’s freedom. Really? The intelligent analysts remain skeptic and perhaps rightly so.

The passionate Arabs blame Israel for most of the problems in the Muslim world in general, and the Middle East in particular; the intelligent Arabs blame Saudi Arabia. It takes a lot of intelligence and knowledge of history, economics and politics to understand the paradox called Saudi Arabia.

The nation is an epitome of dictatorship, corruption, nepotism, debauchery and all the evils that plague the Middle East, and most of all it is a fountainhead of terror. All big terror attacks have had a Saudi connection, up to and including 9/11, where most of the culprits were from Saudi. The terror outfits that have brought the bad publicity to the house of Islam have always been funded and nurtured by the Saudis. It is very well known that the Saudis were the biggest patrons of the Taliban (after Pakistan perhaps) and ISIS cannot function a day without Riyadh’s support. But they never figured very much in the American “war on terror”. Gaddafi and Assad were doves of peace and “Philosopher Kings” when compared to the hopelessly corrupt and self-serving Saudi royals. Their Human Rights record is abominable but still they are the darlings of the United States. Thus the sudden change of heart towards women could not have come as a divine insight to the ruling family that is known to abuse their own women. The answer is political but it has nothing to do with Saudi Arabia or the shadow elections. It has more to do with another upcoming election in the USA.

Of late, the US administration has been under severe criticism for trying to topple Assad while being in cahoots with the Saudi despots. The Democrats and especially Mrs. Clinton have nothing to show but the blood of Muslims and their own men, for the misadventures in the Middle East.

Thus they needed to do some damage control before the Donald Trump Tsunami hits them in the coming elections. So all of a sudden the royals had a change of heart and kazaam, the women were liberated, Hillary the White Knight. However, upon analyzing the move, one cannot help but agree with the skeptics.

For the record, the women were allowed to vote in “municipal elections” only. Perhaps they couldn’t find anything less insignificant than that! But on a positive side, the women have the right to choose the supervisor of the street sweepers, but isn’t that too much freedom for women who can’t even choose who they want to marry.

Saudi women are one of the most oppressed women in the world. They can’t leave their house alone, can’t drive, can’t engage in work and earn, or even buy a Barbie. So much for women’s rights! However, in a land where Human Rights for men barely exist, expecting more for women would be optimistic but foolish.

Change comes from the top. In democracies, the public chooses the man or the party at the top and everything else changes. However, in Saudi the corrupt house of Saud remains firmly in power, supported by their American bosses and the CIA. However, they forget that the US is not like that and there the people do change the man at the top. Perhaps it’s about time they did. Till then, the women in Saudi would have to wait for more rights.

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