Monday, November 27, 2006

State Department to Saudi: it’s tough being a slave owner in 21st Century America, we hope you understand, please forgive us...

The case of Homaidan Al-Turki is a graphic case of Borat-gone-bad. It is certainly a prime example of the clash of Muslim vs. Western values. Al-Turki hails from a prominent and wealthy Saudi family who moved with is wife and kids to Colorado for his PhD studies. He also brought his very own female housekeeper/sex slave; not an unusual arrangement in his culture but utterly illegal in the US. When found out, Al-Turki stood trial, was convicted and sentenced 20 years to life in prison. The case is creating shockwaves in Saudi Arabia where folks are having trouble understanding what the man did wrong and are stunned that a lowly woman would be able to testify against a prominent male. The situation has become so high-profile that the US State Department felt the need to send Colorado Attorney General John Suthers to Saudi Arabia where he met with no less than King Abdullah and Crown Prince Sultan to clear up "misperceptions" about the U.S. judicial system. Hello? Is there anybody home? Is it just me?

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