Tuesday, June 17, 2003
Our friends the Saudis: In case you had any doubts about whether Saudi Arabia had changed its ways to coincide with the image promoted by their PR machine, don't worry, some things never change.
If only Sarah Saga were trying to crash a men's-only golf club. Then she and those like her might be guaranteed some sustained media coverage. As it is, this intrepid 23-year-old American mother is now holed up with her two children in the U.S. Consulate in Jeddah in a desperate bid for freedom.
Back in September Prince Bandar, the Saudi Arabian ambassador to the U.S., claimed in this newspaper it is "absolutely not true" that any American women were in his country against their will. Ms. Saga's flight to the consulate suggests otherwise. For under Saudi law no woman--even an American--is free to leave that country if her father or husband forbids it.
We need some regime change in Saudi Arabia too. Sometimes "stability" in a region is not necessarily something to be desired.