Memo to Saudi Arabia: if you’re going to criticize someone, make sure you look in the mirror first.
Like most of our enemies, the Saudis are terrified of a Trump presidency. I’m inclined to interpret such “warnings” in the opposite manner they’d probably like.
Via the Huffington Post: With carefully chosen words, Prince Turki al-Faisal, a former ambassador to the U.S., warned against a Trump presidency. “For the life of me, I cannot believe that a country like the United States can afford to have someone as president who simply says, ‘These people are not going to be allowed to come to the United States,’” Turki said on Thursday evening, referring to Trump’s proposal to ban Muslims from entering the country.
Just for some background, Prince al-Faisal is a member of the Saudi royal family and former member of the kingdom’s intelligence agency.
You have to appreciate the irony in his statement. If banning a certain religious group from entering a country is good enough reason to cast your vote against them, they really ought to reevaluate their own nation’s laws.
State law in Saudi Arabia requires that all citizens be Muslims, and anyone wishing to gain citizenship there must convert if they are not Muslim already. This is a nation that sentenced someone to ten years imprisonment and 2000 lashes for the “crime” of atheism. It’s not much fun being a Christian there either, as converting from Islam to Christianity is also punishable to death.
The hypocrisy of the prince’s comments was not lost on The Donald.
As the Gateway Pundit reports:
On Friday Donald Trump tweeted out – “Saudi Arabia has plenty of room.”
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) April 8, 2016
Of course, Trump is right. Saudi Arabia has banned Syrian immigrants from its country due to security concerns.
Over one million migrants will relocate to Europe this year.
But the wealthiest Muslim nations – Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Bahrain, UAE, Oman and Kuwait have accepted NO SYRIAN REFUGEES!
As you can see, these countries are in pretty close proximity to Syria (which borders Iraq and Jordan)
It’s just not the Saudis afraid of terrorists slipping through the cracks, “The wealthiest Gulf nations argue that accepting large numbers of Syrian refugees is a serious threat to the safety of its citizens because terrorists could hide themselves among civilians.”
[Note: This post was authored by The Analytical Economist]