| Hugh Fitzgerald: Saudi Arabia and Canada Square Off
| Thursday, August 16, 2018
Jihad Watch : Justin Trudeau has been noticeably unconcerned about Islam. He’s been
criticised for his failure to recognize the genocide, by Muslims, of
Christians in the Middle East.
He was eager to hand over to Omar Khadr,
the Muslim who killed one American soldier, Christopher Speer, and
blinded another, Layne Morris, the quite unnecessary sum of eight
million dollars, for having spent ten years imprisoned at Guantanamo
(some might well think that a short sentence for a murderer).
Trudeau handed over the money with such unseemly haste that the families
of Speer and Morris, who had won civil judgments against Khadr in Utah,
had no time to try to block the payment. Although he talks a lot about
human rights, Trudeau has been noticeably silent about human rights in
Saudi Arabia, one of the most repressive regimes in the world, possibly
because he doesn’t want to do anything to endanger a multi-billion
dollar arms deal with Saudi Arabia.
So it has been fascinating to see the Saudi reaction to just one
tweet by Chrystia Freeland, Canada’s Foreign Minister, after the Saudi
government jailed several women’s rights activists, including the sister
of Raif Badawi, a human rights activist now in a Saudi prison. Here
was the tweet: “Very alarmed to learn that Samar Badawi, Raif Badawi’s sister, has
been imprisoned in Saudi Arabia. Canada stands together with the Badawi
family in this difficult time, and we continue to strongly call for the
release of both Raif and Samar Badawi.”
The Saudi government erupted in fury. On August 5, the Saudi Ministry
of Foreign Affairs announced it would expel the Canadian Ambassador,
recalled its own ambassador in Ottawa, and declared it would freeze all
new trade and investments because of Canada’s “interference in the
Kingdom’s domestic affairs.”
A few days later, Saudi Arabia announced
the suspension of state airline flights to Canada and the withdrawal
from Canadian universities of all Saudi students, some 16,000 in all.
Hundreds of millions of dollars that Canadian colleges and universities
were expecting are now not going to arrive. Saudi patients in Canada
were told to seek treatment elsewhere. This was all the result of a
Read it all here......................
|posted by D Swami Gwekanandam @ 7:00 PM