But, Saudi Arabia leads the world in beheadings. "As if trying to stay ahead in some contest of carnage, the Saudis managed to decapitate 19 human beings in 17 days in August of 2014, many for non-violent crimes. Reminiscent of the Salem witch trials, the Saudis, in 2014, actually beheaded one hapless soul for sorcery.
The beheadings are only the tip of the iceberg of brutality of a judicial system that operates without basic human rights and often without trials. Like Medieval Europe, the Saudis are big on confessions extracted through torture that result in capital punishment."
This then, is our "close ally." America's complicity in Saudi crimes, most notably today in Yemen, is a time-honored tradition. Notes one anonymous senior U.S. official: “The U.S. loves human-rights-abusing regimes and always has, provided they ‘cooperate’... The only time the U.S. government pretends to care in the slightest about human rights abuses is when they’re carried out by ‘countries that don’t cooperate.'” That willingness to turn a blind eye when it suits our purposes was played out last week in a press conference where State Department deputy spokesman Mark Toner was asked about the Saudi-U.S connection and specifically the Ali al-Nimr case. His non-response was classic see-no-evil-hear-no-evil politico-speak: "We have a strong dialogue, obviously a partnership with Saudi Arabia that spans, obviously, many issues. We talk about human rights concerns with them....We make our concerns clear when we do have concerns, but that dialogue continues." Blah blah. Just follow the money. “It is scandalous,” says U.N. Watch executive director Hillel Neuer. “Petro-dollars and politics have trumped human rights.” Again.