Canada naïve about Saudi Ara­bia

The News (New Glasgow) - - OPINION -

To the edi­tor,

The Cana­dian govern­ment was ig­no­rant his­tor­i­cally and naive about Saudi Ara­bia.

The Cana­dian govern­ment re­cently asked Saudi Ara­bia to re­lease de­tained blog­gers and ac­tivists.

This was like ask­ing the late mur­der­ous dic­ta­tor Joseph Stalin to re­lease the mil­lions of po­lit­i­cal pris­on­ers in Siberia which he viewed as a threat to his com­mu­nist regime built and main­tained on ter­ror, tor­ture and ex­e­cu­tions.

In 2017, Saudi Ara­bia ex­e­cuted at least 146 peo­ple. In this Arab na­tion, founded on con­quest, tor­ture and killings and main­tained on ter­ror, tor­ture, ex­e­cu­tions, hu­man slav­ery and the daily ex­ploita­tion of des­per­ate im­mi­grants, cap­i­tal pun­ish­ment may be car­ried out for: athe­ism, sor­cery or witch­craft, wag­ing war on God, blas­phemy, adul­tery, rape, ter­ror­ism, trea­son, es­pi­onage, armed rob­bery, drug smug­gling and mur­der.

The Cana­dian govern­ment should have known that this regime would do noth­ing which would un­der­mine it in the slight­est and which could cre­ate an un­ac­cept­able prece­dent. Mor­ris Givner

Re­tired Pro­fes­sor of Pathol­ogy Hal­i­fax, N.S.

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