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Saudi Arabia set to Behead Teen for Engaging in Protest – Once Again, the West Remains Silent

 

 

In 2012, a 15 year old was arrested for taking part in a protest against the government – a result of the Arab Spring in 2011.

The oppressive Saudi Kingdom has held him captive since, and after much brutal treatment at their hands, he was recently scheduled to be executed.

Allegedly, he was beaten until he agreed to sign a “confession” for his alleged dissent against the totalitarian regime he resides under.

The UK and the US had promised to intervene to defend Abdullah al-Zahar’s (now 19) case, but have no success in swaying their faithful, oil rich ally in the Middle East.

The UK Foreign Office admitted that it had made ‘little progress’ in changing the Saudi’s mind.

Saudi Arabia has enacted many brutal policies to retain its control and extremist ideology over its people, and young Abdullah will be added to over 100 victims of execution committed this year.

Of course, Daesh (aka ISIL) is rightly criticized for its brutal treatment of civilians, and the US and UK will vilify leaders that serve no use to their aims, such as Saddam Hussein and Bashar al-Assad, yet Saudi Arabia remains devoid of criticism.

This again highlights the insidious relationship that exists between the West and Saudi Arabia.

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29 thoughts on “Saudi Arabia set to Behead Teen for Engaging in Protest – Once Again, the West Remains Silent

  1. The crucifixion of this young guy is a shameful thing that no God would demand.
    I pray to MY God that the King of Saudi Arabia will think better of his decision and release this prisoner – he is barely an adult and his Mother and Father must be distraught.

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    Posted by Dr Elaine Crawley | December 19, 2015, 10:45 pm
    • What do you think praying will do? The lad needs action, not people speaking to their imaginary friend.

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      Posted by Neil | December 20, 2015, 11:30 am
      • Well you don’t actually know that Neil. Yes, we do need material action. We need to sign petitions we need to lobby our politicians. But don’t dismiss someone just because they have faith in God and you do not. We all want the same.

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        Posted by V | December 20, 2015, 12:52 pm
      • Great – I look forward to seeing how many signatures your God gets you on the petition. To be fair though if he’s all powerful, surely he should just smite the evil and save the boy? If it doesn’t take his attention away from systematically murdering African children for too long.

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        Posted by Neil | December 20, 2015, 3:57 pm
      • This shouldn’t have turned into a debate about God’s existence. Neil, if you care that much about this poor teenager, then surely you’d be showing your condolences for him, rather than pompously expressing your views on religion. Get a grip…

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        Posted by Jonathan Fenton-Harvey | December 20, 2015, 4:23 pm
      • Neil – that was a mean remark to make. For your information I have signed every petition on the internet that demanded the release of this young guy and others facing a similarly brutal punishment. The heavily supported Reprieve petition was one of them. Did you sign? What practical action have you been involved in? Just tell what else I can do – I would personally try to talk to the King of Saudi Arabia himself if I could. I would take 50 lashes for him if I could. I don’t know what else to do but pray.

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        Posted by Dr Elaine Crawley | December 20, 2015, 7:03 pm
      • This is exactly the place to begin an argument about God. This is a product of “God”. Until religion is thrown aside as medieval trash, this will continue.

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        Posted by Joe | December 22, 2015, 6:50 pm
      • Many non-religious states have carried out brutality against their own civilians. Communist China and the Soviet Union being two examples. What an ill thought-out comment…

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        Posted by Jonathan Fenton-Harvey | December 22, 2015, 9:20 pm
    • Saudi Arabia is ISIS on steroids. The US has propped up the kleptocratic “royal family” and its police state since oil was discovered in the 1930s. Never forget that Saudis committed the crimes of 9/11.

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      Posted by Vaughn A. Carney | December 23, 2015, 12:35 pm
  2. A most despicable government and country. Significantly worse than Sadam Hussein Iraq.

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    Posted by Matthew | December 20, 2015, 6:10 pm
    • Debatable. If you are talking about brutality towards his own people, then Saddam had killed far more under his own rule. However, if you factor into the equation the Saudi Kingdom’s financing of extremism in the Middle East and across the globe, then you could be right.

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      Posted by Jonathan Fenton-Harvey | December 20, 2015, 6:33 pm
  3. God. Pah. Absolute joke. All you sad people believe in this rubbish. Prove to me he exists.

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    Posted by James Flynn | December 20, 2015, 8:59 pm
  4. Well if God does exist, would He mind sorting out the various branches of His fan club?

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    Posted by davespagnol | December 20, 2015, 10:28 pm
  5. All those who wants to see him free sh

    ould arrange protests in front of saudi embassies in their respective countries.

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    Posted by nawsherwan | December 21, 2015, 12:50 pm
  6. 1.2 billion people suffering from Stockholm syndrome. It is my contention that Islam is not a religion, it is a 1,400 year history of terrorizing hostages.

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    Posted by surlycurmudgen | December 21, 2015, 1:24 pm
  7. The Saudi’s are one step below humans. The US and it’s other allies should stop all dealings with these mutants…..NOW!!!

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    Posted by S. GOLDRICH | December 21, 2015, 3:03 pm
  8. I pity those who don’t believe in the existence of the almighty God. Our God is longsuffering and merciful. That’s why u guys are still alive Don’t take his mercy for granted Our God is a consuming fire Repent and believe in him. The saudi teenager would be set free in Jesus name amen. Our God would do it and put all you doubting thomases wrong.

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    Posted by yemola | December 21, 2015, 7:37 pm
  9. Plenty of humans have died under cruel torture and meny more will still die. either eny body dies or live it does not Change the existence of God either you believe or not God remain who he is some people are destined for eternal damnation maybe you are one of them but if not so God will open your eyes in Jesus name we pray God will help d young man but if he dies God is still God

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    Posted by Pst Joel Sunday | December 21, 2015, 9:55 pm
  10. Barbarism in its extreme form are rampant with the Government of the KSA and ISIS alike. Both must be opposed and condemned in equal terms.

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    Posted by Dr. Hasanat Husain MBE | December 21, 2015, 11:05 pm
  11. Yes, western should condemn the regime, if this things really happen…

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    Posted by Washingtonian | December 22, 2015, 2:29 pm
  12. It’s seriously pathetic that you all are arguing about religion under the context of this young Man’s misfortune. It doesnt matter what you believe in, shut up and sign the petition.

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    Posted by Jake | December 23, 2015, 3:33 am

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