Canada naïve about Saudi Arabia
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.