David Kirkpatrick

November 28, 2009

Want a reason to wean the US from OPEC?

How about bringers of democracy being “cursed” by a Saudi prince this week.

The link goes to MEMRI, an excellent resource into Mideast media — a resource I don’t tap into near often enough. Long ago I used to read through MEMRI’s offerings on a regular basis, but it’s been out of my usual rotation for a while and ought to get back in there.

From the first link, the intro:

In an op-ed in the Saudi daily Al-Watan, Saudi Prince Saud bin Mansour bin Saud bin ‘Abd Al-‘Aziz  took on Saudi and Arab liberals and reformists and the Western ideal of democracy. Without naming names, he said that these people were promoting Western democracy despite all its flaws and despite the fact that Islam is vastly superior. Calling democracy “demo-khratiyya” (i.e. “demo-mendacity”), the prince said that writers who criticized Saudi Arabia needed an “ideological bloodletting” to purge them of their corrupt ideas.

And here’s some of the prince’s rabbit pellets:

“Those who hasten to endorse the Western ‘openness’ – whose arrows appear gentle but [carry] a fatal load – have they forgotten our principles and our clarity? Have [these people] not noticed that the West is always marketing democracy as a secular and civil system, not a religious [system]? [Struck by] waves of political Alzheimer’s, they keep telling us that Islam is not democratic.

“A curse on anyone who wants to enforce this demo-khratiyya on all political and constitutional issues. A curse on all those dictatorships that masquerade as demokhratiyya in order to destroy what they define as third-world countries!

“It should be remembered that the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia is the Custodian of the Two Holy Places, and that the sons or residents of the homeland have never been denied their rights. Our country’s structure is perfect [thanks to] Islam, which has established the [concept of] shura [i.e consultation] and the protection of rights, freedom, justice and anything [else] of value, as laid down by this generous religion.”

November 4, 2008

Advice to all vote-eligible US citizens

Filed under: Politics — Tags: , — David Kirkpatrick @ 7:06 am

Get out there and make your vote count today!

November 2, 2008

Get Out The Vote

Filed under: Politics — Tags: , , , , — David Kirkpatrick @ 1:01 pm

If you are a voting-eligible US citizen — and you haven’t already taken advantage of the many early voting opportunities in various states — be sure to hit your local polling station in two days on Tuesday, November 4.

Take advantage of your civic privilege to contribute your opinion to our collective democracy. I’d suggest you get informed on the races you’ll be voting on (one good place is a voting guide likely published by your local paper) and vote for the president on down. But if nothing else, at least go vote “Doug the Dogcatcher” back into/straight outta office.

Get Out The Vote and let your voice be heard.