So, I see, according to a report in Gulf News, that “Saudi Arabia has dashed Canadian hopes for an end to their dispute, saying that Ottawa should first fix the mistake it made by apologising … [and] … Saudi Foreign Minister Adel Al Jubeir said at an event organised by the Council on Foreign Affairs in New York: “We did not do this. You did. Fix it. You owe us an apology … We don’t want to be a political football in Canada’s domestic politics. That’s what we became. Find another ball to play with. Not Saudi Arabia. And that’s why the reaction in our country was so strong. Very easy to fix. Apologise. Say you made a mistake.””
Well, we should meet him at least part way … Prime Minister Trudeau should say that we did make a mistake by not saying, more clearly, that Saudi Arabia is a backwards, misogynistic, undemocratic semi-state that matters only because of the fact that foreigners extract its oil and then the Saudis use that money to hire other foreigners to fix their jet fighters and their teeth and their plumbing and their finances because they, the Saudi ruling classes, are too damned lazy to do much for themselves.
We’re sorry, we should add, that Saudi Arabia is a UN member and we are ashamed that other UN members have elected it to serve as Chair of the UN’s Counter-Terrorism Advisory Board when they are one of the major sponsors of Da’esh/ISIL/ISIS terrorism in the world.
According to the article, “the Saudi minister said his country cannot be treated like a banana republic and does not accept to be lectured to over human rights.” Canada should apologize to all real banana republics if they are offended because we might have, inadvertently, promoted Saudi Arabia into their ranks. As for “human rights,” well he may have something there … the Saudis need to understand what human rights are in the 21st century before they will be ready for lectures about them.
Well, I guess the Saudis are mad at us … that’s too bad, but nobody should care. Saudi Arabia does about $2Billion in business with Canada annually … Canada should aim, soon, to cut that by building an oil pipeline to Eastern Canada so that Canadians can burn ethical, Canadian oil in their cars, not morally dirty Saudi oil.