al-Reuters has posted a sop piece about a young Saudi Arabian man, Ahmed al-Omran, who bemoans the fact he lives in a sand encrusted Hell hole. Gee, I wonder why?
Maybe because he lives in a place where any, and everything, is under the thumb of the Committee for Promotion of Virtue and Prevention of Vice (aka the Religious Police) But I could be wrong, and I digress.
al-Reuters point is to demonstrate a job poor economy and very restrictive social environment leads to terrorism. Again, Gee, ya th … never mind you get the idea.
Saudi Jeans is a blog authored by this young man (and well written I might add) and the article offers these quotes from Saudi Jeans:
“We are watching movies and serials from outside, and we are saying ‘why are we different, why can’t we live the way they do?’,” he told Reuters in an interview.
“OK, we are a little different, we have our traditions and lifestyles, but we also don’t see the big difference, especially compared to neighboring countries, like Bahrain or Kuwait.”
Let me see if I can answer that for you, it’s directly related to the Religious Police and a King, a/k/a “Government,” that has refused to diversify its economy and relies almost entirely on its oil revenue.
That’s the exact opposite of the neighboring Kuwait and more specificly the U.A.E. Saudi Arabia has steadfastly refused to diversify on any large scale and insists on providing cradle to grave benefits, with the exception of a viable job market, they can’t afford.
In Saudi Arabia, strict gender segregation means there are no cinemas, women are not allowed to drive, single men are often banned from shopping malls, and trendy coffee shops — which have become hugely popular in big cities — are men-only zones.
Hello Religious Police. Again, and probably forever.
One interesting conundrum to note is Ahmed al-Omran seems relatively free to write, as least considering the location he’s in. He does remark that he has taken care and been more circumspect recently because his name has been linked to the blog.
“It’s easy to be anonymous. Everyone has his reasons. I used to be afraid,” said Omran, who has been invited to take part in international forums on media and blogging. “After a time I was sick of it, so I put my name and photo to see what would happen. I think you have more credibility. But I’ve become now careful about what I write. I think twice about posting anything.”
The overriding issue of course is why a youth with poor job opportunities and a near zero social life would would visit “suicidebelt.com” and seek out the nearest infidel.
Some would have you believe it’s the conditions they live under, I for one think that’s a bunch of bullshit. Be that as it may, al-Reuters for once has published an interesting article and I would recommend a visit to Saudi Jeans as well.
It’s well written and he has some interesting things to say.