A new hashtag #suemesuadi has been taking twitter by storm over the past few days when it was revealed that Saudi Arabia plans to sue an un-named Twitter user for having the audacity to compare Saudi Arabia with ISIS..
As advocators of freedom of speech, I wish to go on record and call out Saudi Arabia for being just as backward, barbaric and bloodthirsty as ISIS, as well as running their country using an almost identical interpretation of the Shari’ah (Islamic Law).
What if Saudi weren’t so much in the back pocket of the UK government? What if they didn’t have the oil and wealth? Its clear that as long as you are giving us money, what you do isn’t a problem. In-fact quite the opposite, we congratulate / respect you by flying the flag over Buckingham Palace at half-mast when your king dies, or setup a vote-trading deal with you to ensure you are elected to the UN human rights council (UNHRC), this is a country that does not allow women to drive a car, travel alone without a chaperone, sentences women to a lashing for not wearing a hijab / burka and hangs homosexuals from cranes on a weekly basis? That’s about as sensible as asking Michael Jackson advice on a nose job.
So i’m really not sure how Saudi think they have a leg to stand on when it comes to suing anyone for obvious comparisons to ISIS because amazingly, outside of Saudi we have a thing called “freedom of speech?” I know that this is un-heard of over there as is evident when you sentenced Raif Badawi to 10 years in Jail and 1000 lashes for insulting your backward ideology, but if you want to give it a go send an email to email@example.com and one of our legal team will quickly cut it into small squares and position it next to the toilet where it can be used as backup bog roll (we use roll here – not our hands) ;
The punishments as you can see are almost identical, so i’d be interested to see exactly where the Saudis’ feel they are different in terms of the way they run their country to the caliphate, as far as I can see, there is none.
Here’s something to think about – if you stopped chopping of people’s heads, jailing people for “insulting” Islam, stoning women to death for adultery or showing some compassion to your fellow muslims refugees in Syria as a start, then maybe we can start building a relationship, but whilst you continue to live back in the dark-ages and dish out these extreme barbaric punishments, you cannot expect any sympathy. #suemesaudi