Last Days Of Saudi Monarchy.

By Jerry Alatalo

aaa-44Alphabet Despite international urging to stop the death penalty sentence of peace activist and religious scholar Sheikh Nimr al-Nimr, the Saudi government has taken the life of the 56-year old catalyst for democratic/political change in Saudi Arabia.

Essentially, the crime Sheikh Nimr became convicted of consisted of peaceful protesting against the Saudi monarchical system and calling for democratic reforms leading to the people of Saudi Arabia experiencing self-determination.

Sheikh Nimr’s “offenses” – upon which he was tragically subjected to beheading and crucifixion, or public display of his lifeless body – were actions carried out peacefully with words, ideas and the truth. He and others in Saudi Arabia engaged in political activism in recent years carried no weapons, committed no physical harm to others, but simply practiced free speech rights recognized around the world.

Sheikh Nimr, three teenage/fellow nonviolent political activists, and 43 other Saudi Arabians suffered death in a single day. The Saudi government’s actions have resulted in condemnations from human rights groups, national governments and concerned people around the Earth.

Beyond the international shock and disbelief resulting from Saudi Arabia’s choice to carry out the death sentence of Sheikh Nimr instead of changing course, questions about Saudi motivations are going through the minds of men and women aware of the years-long ongoing situation and who’ve pressed for Sheikh Nimr’s pardon – for his survival.

Surely Saudi Arabia’s king – whose approval of the executions were necessary before they went forward – must have been aware when giving the go-ahead of the tremendous opposition, societal unrest and condemnation which would come in Saudi Arabia, the Middle East and worldwide. Why did the Saudi king put Sheikh Nimr to death? The first, most plausible explanation which comes forward is that it was a desperate attempt to maintain the Saudi royal family’s decades-old grip on power.

Another, more worrisome, possible explanation is that the Saudi royal family seeks to intensify/expand the already ongoing regional war. Growing international awareness and exposure of Saudi Arabia’s central role in generating terrorism, along with greater moral opposition to its merciless military attacks on the people of Yemen since March 2015, has negatively transformed world perceptions of the Saudis.

The killing of religious scholar and peace activist Sheikh Nimr al-Nimr will go down in history as marking the beginning of great change in the Middle East. What has yet to become experienced and seen is whether that world-transforming change comes about through violent or nonviolent means.

With its Wahhabi/takfiri interpretation of Islam, the monarchy/royal family of Saudi Arabia chooses violent means for realizing its agenda of maintaining power in the Middle East – including a brutal medieval system of justice which suppresses free speech and dissent, direct military aggression – as seen against Yemen, and large-scale financing of terrorist groups currently wreaking war and destruction in Iraq, Syria and Libya.

The nonviolent interpretation of Islam were advocated by clerics like Sheikh Nimr al-Nimr of Saudi Arabia and Sheikh Ibrahim Zakzaky of Nigeria. Sheikh Nimr has left this world after suffering the extreme form of silencing at the hands of the Saudi royal family. Sheikh Zakzaky of Nigeria has yet to see his remaining family, friends, legal counsel or outside medical attention since taken into custody by the Nigerian military on December 12. It is unknown whether Sheikh Zakzaky is alive or dead.

It is important to note that Nimr al-Nimr was a practitioner of peaceful protesting of perceived injustice in Saudi Arabian society, and that Ibrahim Zakzaky conducted his life in the same peace-focused manner as related to social conditions in Nigeria.

There is a clear and profound contrast between the Saudi interpretation of Islam and the interpretation embraced by clerics like Nimr al-Nimr, Ibrahim Zakzaky and their followers. The Saudi interpretation – Wahhabism – accepts the use of extreme violence. The interpretation held by followers of Nimr al-Nimr, Ibrahim Zakzaky and other scholars rejects violence, instead relying on truth as the greatest tool for improving living conditions for people – not only in Saudi Arabia and Nigeria, but of any nation on Earth.

Unfortunately many people in the West, especially in America, have little to no awareness of the just-described contrasting interpretations of Islamic thought, so there now exists an epidemic of wrong perceptions. Most – due to intentional efforts by lying politicians and the media to falsely portray Islam as aligned with terrorism – have the idea that Islam is strictly of the Saudi Wahhabist/violent kind, therefore they see all Muslims erroneously as believers in violence. Nothing could be further from the truth.

Will there be tragic reliving of events in Nigeria on December 12 – where hundreds of unarmed men, women and children became massacred, while world leaders and media (still) remain silent – occurring in the days ahead in Saudi Arabia?

By joining together as one human family, Christians, Muslims, Hindus, Buddhists, atheists, and adherents of all spiritual/philosophical traditions have the power to end violent practices which should have ceased to exist centuries ago. The use of violence and military force to resolve differences is an out-dated concept which humanity has yet to rightly and fully move beyond.

May this new year 2016 become forever remembered as the time when the human race finally achieved that morally necessary, long-sought, truly enlightened evolution.

(Thank you to Press TV Documentaries)

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18 thoughts on “Last Days Of Saudi Monarchy.

  1. It is very convenient to overlook the crimes of those with whom we have commerce. Our ambitious desire to benefit maked us ready to sweep aside all critisism of our benefactors.
    Witness the soft peddling on the ruthless Chinese.
    We live in a world where politics is governed by expediency.

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    1. Kaptonok,
      How are you. It’s possible that the end results of this tragic injustice will include an acceleration of revelations of truth about your point on commerce and looking away from major crimes committed by business partners. Eventually, hopefully sooner than later, a world consensus will become established where harming others to enhance or facilitate business shall be absolutely rejected. This possible development essentially means the end to war, and God knows that historic human accomplishment can’t come soon enough. Thank you for commenting. All the best. Jerry

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    1. Rosaliene,
      Hello. Your question is the ultimate one and old as the hills, and asked by every serious man and woman through history. Perhaps humanity’s future is one which results when wise leaders find it impossible to accept negative situations any longer and apply their most powerful spiritual and moral force for beneficial change. Let’s hope such wise men and women leaders are soon found across the Earth delivering soaring oratory on these paramount matters, and their speeches all begin with some variation of your question, such as: “What does the future hold for the human species when life trumps money, peace trumps violence, and love trumps hate?” It’s possible that people are witnessing the rapid growth of an unprecedented global movement which equates with “the meek shall inherit the Earth.” Pray the inheritance occurs peacefully. Thank you.

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  3. I’ve just finished re-reading Michael Ruppert’s 2004 Crossing the Rubicon. In it he talks about the CIA launching it’s al Qaeda franchise for the primary purpose of destabilizing Saudi Arabia. He predicts that Saudi Arabia will be the next country after Iraq that the US attacks. Although this turned out to be incorrect, I think you’re probably right – the Saudi monarchy has outlived their usefulness to the US and their days are numbered.

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    1. Stuart,
      Any restoration of the Saudi monarchy’s international image from the public relations move arranging for their leadership of the UN Human Rights Commission has become meaningless. Someone once said “the only thing in life one can be sure of is change”, but what just occurred in Saudi Arabia means historic change. Pray that wise, cool-headed leadership steps forward to maintain some level of stability and peace in the Middle East during the coming days of profound transformation. Thank you.

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  4. What happens when you try to mix the wrong things together? Oil and water? Some things don’t mix, like Islamic doctrine of theocracy and sharia with democracy.
    Moderate Muslims flee devout Muslims and seek refuge in predominantly Christian countries. Mosques are built, the devout follow, and so does violence because the Quran has over 109 distinctly violent verses that call for violent actions in the cause of Islam. Islam will consume any host country as it is Germany, Sweden, France, and the Middle East. In 1300 years, Islam has at times ruled 3 times the land as the Roman Empire, caused the crusades, the Barbary Wars and the USA to create the Navy and it’s first war after independence under Thomas Jefferson. Islam enslaves women as possession, kills children who leave the faith in “honor killing” such as over 100 in Britain alone, calls for rape such as the recent episode on New Years Day at thermal train station, and the reason Sweden is the rape capital of the world. Islam uses the word “terror” in the Quran in regards to treatment of non-believers. Muhammed is called the warrior prophet, but history records he was a viscous murderer who raided neighboring tribes without provocation, and murdered anyone who stood in his way. Islam takes away your freedom of speech and threatens to kill anyone who speaks critically of Muhammad, Islam, or their god Allah.
    As a Christian, it breaks my heart to see Muslims come to the USA where they can be free, but they seem unable to free themselves or even desire to be free. And knowing that the Quran demands theocracy wherever there is Islam, and that the name “Islam” is translated “submit” an unconditional command, the ACLU is actually party to ensuring the eventual elimination of our rights as a free people, instead of protecting them.
    Muslims flee Muslims and seek refuge in predominantly Christian countries only to reproduce the same tyranny of oppression all over again

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    1. CCT,
      Hello. In your opinion how large a factor are extensive oil and natural gas resources in the Middle East, as related to previous and current wars and violence? Couldn’t help but notice neither oil or natural gas were mentioned in your comment.
      Thank you,
      Jerry

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    1. No, I read your initial comment, and simply wished to get your opinion of the oil and gas factor as it relates to war in the Middle East. Perhaps my reasoning ability is woefully deficient, but my reading of the Quran doesn’t align with yours, in particular with regard to advocating violence. If you could share a few of the 109 verses, perhaps we could discuss our differences of interpretation to the point of constructive analysis. I don’t know if you’re familiar with Catholic priest Father Dave Smith, a peace activist from Australia, but here’s a short video of a talk (April 2015) between him and the Grand Mufti of Syria.



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        1. Assuming you’re referring to the core tenets of Christianity and Islam as “oil and water”, which “don’t mix”, it seems erroneous and unfortunate to miss those philosophical points where the two traditions coincide or rhyme. It’s interesting to consider the verifying nature of personal accounts from persons who’ve had a near death experience, which seem to be the newest form of divine revelation for humanity and closely resemble personal/soul experiences written of in both the Bible and Quran. Is it possible a severe underestimate of the similarities between sacred teachings of Christianity and Islam exists? The answer from this person’s perspective is yes.

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          1. Jerry,
            You need to research the differences between Christianity and Islam yourself. That’s what Google is for. They are totally different Gods, doctrines, and the similarities are like night and day.
            If you don’t want to check it out youself, nothing I can convey will convince you.
            Take care

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            1. I had an aunt who’s since passed away who was a devout Christian. At the time when the Reagan administration was illegally funding the contras and carrying out atrocities against poor and innocent Nicaraguans, she swallowed the Reagan lies that Nicaragua had turned communist, therefore she believed Reagan was correct in carrying out the war, once again where the contras were killing large numbers of innocent Nicaraguans. Unfortunately, many so-called “Christians” today have no problem condoning wars against innocent men, women and children overseas, because the victims aren’t members of the “right and only religion”. Efforts to create peace between people with somewhat different spiritual perceptions are too often met with hard-headed total rejection of any proposition that the “other” could also have moral and benevolent intentions. Apparently, seeing there was no commentary, you believe Father Dave Smith’s meeting with Syria’s Grand Mufti was misguided and the result of Father Smith’s failure to research the differences between Christianity and Islam. I suggest you contact Father Smith personally and “check it out yourself”, because there would be some extremely important “conveying” and “convincing”. Peace.

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              1. Nicaragua had nothing to do with religion. My ex-muslim professor who holds a Doctorate in Pure Mathematics insists Islam isn’t even a religion. He says it’s a political ideology. It’s just intentionally crafted to serve the hateful instincts of mankind for power, brute force, hate and prestige. But you make a valid point. All Religions can be abused. But knowing what I know about Islamic doctrine, I can say Muslims are and always have been the first and foremost victims of a ideology that claims all the world as it’s rightful objective, and by any means necessary.
                Case in point.
                The Battle of Tours in the year 732, only 80 years after Muhammad died.
                Retrieved from Wikipedia :
                “according to modern military historianVictor Davis Hanson, “most of the 18th and 19th century historians, like Gibbon, saw Poitiers (Tours), as a landmark battle that marked the high tide of the Muslim advance into Europe.”[24] Leopold von Ranke felt that “Poitiers was the turning point of one of the most important epochs in the history of the world.”[25]
                Just because it’s hideously ugly, doesn’t mean it isn’t the truth.

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                1. Nicaragua and all wars which have followed up until today certainly have religion as a factor, in particular when religious leaders of any tradition fail to speak out loudly in opposition. Paradoxically, those spiritual leaders who protest war forcefully know the personal risks but move forward, some recent examples being Oscar Romero, Martin Luther King, the Kennedys, etc., and today Nigeria’s Ibrahim Zakzaky and Saudi Arabia’s Nimr al-Nimr. Christians, Muslims and other spiritual tradition adherents can name men and women who’ve exemplified “greater love hath no man than he who gives up his life for his friends”. Deep faith, wisdom and truth is not limited to any single tradition; one finds seriously moral individuals in all of them. Those who profess “mine is the only correct way” have a real spiritual perception problem, missing and failing to appreciate the profoundly positive aspects and teachings written of in all sacred texts.

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