U.S State Department Defends Saudi Custom of Beatings, Beheading
Meanwhile, in the US, the State Department has come out in defense of the president's long-time Saudi friends and business partners. Although State Department spokesman Beauregard Fairchild said he felt bad for “the little gal,” the spokesman went on to praise the Saudi “custom” of locking up and abusing its domestic help and, speaking to a crowd of reporters today he added “. . . it’s a nice custom. Every once in a while, I wish I had a woman around the house I could whip.”
The ACLU has also come out in defense of the radical Wahabi regime in a statement saying “we respect the right of any sovereign nation to severely discipline its diverse pool of immigrant workers, as long as there is no evidence of discrimination and all beatings are delivered equitably.”
At 17, Rizana Nafeek went to Saudi Arabia to work as a maid and make money for her family in Sri Lanka. She earned the equivalent of 100 dollars a month, was forbidden to leave the house and was beaten, per Saudi custom, on a regular basis. The baby in her care died, and Nafeek was charged with murder, tried without an attorney, and sentenced to death.
Authorities in Saudi Arabia had no comment and have yet to explain why the wealthy employer, with connections to the royal family, sought out a Sri Lankan maid instead of one from an Arab country.