Thingish Things

Democracy or Economic Recovery?

Written By: William F. B. O'Reilly - Mar• 10•11

The Associated Press reported today that Saudi Arabian police fired on unarmed demonstrators.  Oil prices, which had been selling off, dramatically spiked again.

The larger, planned protests in Riyadh are scheduled to begin tomorrow, and the Saudi government has made it clear they will be dealt with harshly.

What exactly does that mean in light of today’s gunfire?

If the Saudi’s crack down on demonstrators – really crack down on demonstrators – the  U.S. is going to have some real decisions to make.  We will have to peer into our soul and decide democracy or economic recovery? We have talked the talk for years, but will we walk the walk?

If we stand with the Saudi demonstrators – and how can we not? – a lot of us may be walking to work for a long, long time.

Let’s pray today’s police action is a one-time event.

UPDATE: The Saudi government is claiming the bullets fired were rubber. For now.


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  1. Your Friend says:

    It will never happen. I know you’ve been watching all of these coups (and let’s call them what they are). Has the State Dept. been out in front of any of them? Not even close. They’re still trying to figure out what to say about Libya and we owe a lot less to them than we do to the Saudis. Renewable energy is the only thing that will save us. Does the right agree?

  2. Your Friend says:

    Apparently the right does not agree…

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