COMMENT: What does Saudi Arabia know about respect?

Join George Galloway as he debates the Saudi Arabian leadership and its complete and utter failure for humanity


People have taken to the streets in Saudi Arabia’s eastern province to denounce a death sentence by the country’s top court against the prominent Shia cleric, Sheikh al-Nimr.

Meanwhile, the Saudi bombing of civilian areas in Yemen and most recently a hospital run by MSF, has been widely condemned. At first, the Saudi regime denied the bombing. Now, their ambassador to the UN has admitted a “mistake” was made when Riyadh-led coalition jets bombed a “Doctors Without Borders” hospital in Yemen, but says the medical charity provided incorrect geographic coordinates – a claim that has been tagged by observers as “absurd.”

Saudi Arabia also seems to be prolonging its denial of responsibility for the Mina tragedy during Hajj, whilst it is also prolonging its 31-week war on its impoverished neighbor country, Yemen, having already killed several thousands. Yet, the regime now claims that the UK opposition leader, Jeremy Corbyn, has breached respect. Why? Because he blocked a multi-million-dollar deal between Britain and its ally by writing to PM David Cameron to do so on grounds of the regime’s atrocious human rights abuses

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6 Responses to "COMMENT: What does Saudi Arabia know about respect?"

  1. Peter Johnson  November 5, 2015 at 11:21 pm

    In 1960 Saudi Arabia had a population of 4 million — a low literacy backwards wasteland. The level of sanitation, transportation, education, administration, military strength, electricity, healthcare, and everything else about this sun-scorched uninhabitable desert can be deduced from this statistic. Their current human rights record, treatment of women, support for terrorists, and intolerance, should provide a clue as to what sort of place it was before oil was discovered.

    It is thriving today, in comparison to its past, solely as a result of oil and gas exports. The population is now 20 million Saudis and about 8 million ex-pats necessary because only 5 million natives are willing to work. They have the second highest diabetes and obesity statistics after Polynesia, and are completely dependent on oil exports.

    • Peter Johnson  November 5, 2015 at 11:22 pm

      When they bark at Jeremy Corbyn about “breach of respect” they are implying that the arms they have purchased because they cannot produce them, and the infrastructure they have had built by foreigners, somehow puts them on a par with Britain — an ancient country that ruled the World for centuries and still punches far beyond its weight in every field.

      The “endless wealth” gushing from its oil wells is also greatly exaggerated and mostly an illusion created by its small population and flambouyant spending — the total oil production is 10,000,000 barrels per day — half a barrel per day per Saudi. To put it in context, at $50 a barrel, that’s about the same as the NHS budget — not really the sort of wealth that justifies thousands of princes living like movie stars, or amassing a vast armamentarium of the latest American firepower. The unprovoked war on their impoverished little neighbour has pushed their budget into the red.

      One day the oil will run out and they will have to go back to living like their forefathers. That, in a nutshell is their history: Nothing happened for thousands of years, and then oil was discovered. It was a wild party for a century or so, and then the oil stopped and nothing ever happened again.

  2. eric  November 5, 2015 at 9:38 am


  3. Maha Labba  November 5, 2015 at 8:52 am

    What does Saudi Arabia know about respect? Not a God -damn thing, because they represent the only feral homo sapiens on Planet Earth.

  4. captain obvious  November 5, 2015 at 8:52 am

    saudiland is now a rogue terrorist nation that fully supports terrorism, same for turkeyland but we sure dont hear about a need for regime change in those places nor izrahell.

  5. Pliskin  November 5, 2015 at 8:13 am

    When, when, when will that Jeremy Corbin get with the program? I mean, seriously, what’s with all the anti-war stuff, and standing up for basic human rights and defenseless kids, how did he ever become a U.K. Politician (No disrespect to Mr. Galloway), let alone leader of the Labour Party?

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