Letter: When did the Saudis turn into the good guys?

Montreal Gazette

Re: “Saudi Arabia and the West’s hypocrisy” (Opinion, Jan. 27)

I think a lot of people are waking up to the exposed myth of our so-called western values as demonstrated lately by the surreal behaviour of our politicians.

Lip service is paid to freedom of speech here, where it’s easy. Yet silence or obsequious demeanour is practised where defence of freedom of speech is desperately needed: in defence of human rights, in condemning torture, in calling for the Saudis who marched in lockstep with the Charlies in France to back up their words with meaningful actions and release Raif Badawi. Allow him to come to Canada to join his family.

I see by Eman El-Husseini’s opinion piece that I’m not the only one who feels I’ve tumbled down the rabbit hole. Suddenly the Saudis are the good guys and the Raifs are our sacrificial lambs. We sign a $15-billion arms…

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