Discussion in 'Off-Topic' started by Ahmad, Oct 13, 2003.
Um, what's a Saudi election?
It's like an American election, only without the hanging chads.
hanging chad? hmmm (no idea what that is)
Comparing an american election to a saudi election is like comparing hitler to mother teresa
Ahmad, I'm curios as to your opinions of what you think the elections will be?
Do YOU thing they will have real meaning?
Will the appointed 50 repress the elected 50 from voting the way they want to?
How honest do you think the royal family is (are they really regarded in Saudi Arabia as "robber barons"?
Do you want a democracy like the US?
What do you think of the US anyway? What about Israel?
What do most people you know think about the US and Israel?
I know these are a lot of questions, but I've never heard the opinion from someone who actually lives there, and I'd really appreciate your responses.
Arabia and democracy sounds like a oxymoron
Lets not forget that the States had poll taxes and literacy tests until when, the late 1960s or so?
Democracy is indeed a gradual process. And that includes our USA.
As for the Saudi elections, yes it's obviously a pressure-relieving maneuver by the government... not more than symbolic, since the elected reps will always be outvoted. Even Alexander Hamilton never asked that much
If any democracy attempts to arise in Saudi Arabia I have no doubt the US army will try and move in and control it to set up another authoritarian regime. Remember, control of that oil is paramount. If the Saudis, who are overwhelmingly nationalistic and anti-West, get control of their own resources and nationalize them, we may be in trouble.
That's a preventative measure used to keep stupid people who don't know how to punch a hole in a piece of paper from voting.
You see what Im saying? The floodwaters are rising already.
RIYADH (Reuters) - Saudi police fired into the air during a rare demonstration Tuesday and arrested up to 50 protesters calling for greater political reforms during the country's first human rights conference.
The demonstration and arrests in the Saudi capital, Riyadh, came a day after the kingdom, an absolute monarchy, announced it would hold its first ever elections to vote for municipal councils.
The announcement by the cabinet under de facto ruler Crown Prince Abdullah followed growing demands for reform to allow wider political participation, elections and freedom of expression in the conservative Muslim state.
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