On September 24, 2015 717 people were killed in the stampede in the Saudi-Arabian capital of Mecca (1). This incident in the country named after the family of Saud was another example of how death seems to stick to this biggest country on the Arabian Peninsula.
Not only is the country well-known for its brutal beheadings which are part of their judicial system (2), with over 100 people killed in the first 6 months of 2015, it is also probably the main driving force behind the bloody war in Syria: the country has sponsored Islamic State Terrorists for years with salaries and loads of weapons (3). If that weren't enough it is for months bombing it's neighboring country Yemen killing many civilians along the way (4). Let's not forget how Saudi tanks invaded Bahrain in 2011 to end the demonstrations against the rule of another dictator in that country (6).
How is it possible that a country can get away with all this? Amnesty International through James Lynch has blamed the US and the UK for backing Saudi Arabia in it's war on Yemen. For a long time the Western countries allied with Saudi-Arabia in their attempt to topple the government of Bashar al-Assad, and there are hardly any western countries who are brave enough to point a finger to the mighty oil-rich country.
Let's just hope that because of the fast changes taking place in the international political arena, Iran, Syria and Russia will get more support leading to less support for the dictatorship of King Salman, who, by some is already called, King Salman the Axe.
Below a rally in the Yemeni capital of Sana'a against the agression by the Saudi warplanes (most of them bought from their Western friends) on september 21, 2015 (5)
(3) See for example: http://www.dw.com/en/who-finances-isis/a-17720149 and http://www.independent.co.uk/voices/comment/iraq-crisis-how-saudi-arabia-helped-isis-take-over-the-north-of-the-country-9602312.html
Posted by W. Aterput. Posted In : Saudi Arabia