Roger L. Simon

Unintentional black comedy from Saudi Arabia

The news tonight from the religious psychotic oil kingdom of Saudi Arabia is alas scarcely shocking: “A Saudi court sentenced a female journalist Saturday to 60 lashes for her work on a controversial Arabic-language TV show that aired an episode in which a man bragged about his sex life, two sources told CNN.”

Ho-hum. So life goes in the land of our great allies, the primitive misogynists. But the next graph of the CNN report did make me laugh: “The court in Jeddah also imposed a two-year travel ban on Rosanna Al-Yami, according to a Saudi Information Ministry official, who could not be named because he is not authorized to speak to the media.”

“Not authorized to speak to the media”? The diplomatic double-speak of our own press and Western governments is now being invoked by The Kingdom when giving a woman sixty lashes. Holy-moly!