According to reports, a lot of public attention in Saudi Arabia on the case addes to the misperceptions there about the US judicial system. I guess the Saudi royalty figured their oil and money could buy American justice. After all, OJ Simpson got off, uh, the first time.* Editor's note.
The State of Colorado convinced US officials that the diplomatic trip was warranted. More dhimmi non-sense, of course. But we wouldn't want the Saudis to turn against us, now would we?
Under similar circumstances to the Colorado case, a similar Massachusetts case was just prosecuted. A Saudi Arabian princess accused of breaking US immigration laws by locking up her domestics' passports and forcing them to work for low pay was ordered to be deported, prosecutors said yesterday.
Hana F. Al Jader of Winchester was sentenced to two years of probation, the first six months of which must be served in home confinement, after which she'll be deported to Saudi Arabia, prosecutors said.
U.S. District Judge Reginald J. Lindsay also sentenced Al Jader, 40, to pay $206,000 in restitution to three of her former domestic servants, pay a $40,000 fine, and perform 100 hours of community service.
In September, Al Jader pleaded guilty to two counts of visa fraud for lying on immigration forms, and two counts of harboring an alien for keeping the two women at her house though she knew their visas had expired.
Suffice it to say, slavery is indeed alive and well in many Islamic societies across the globe, supported by the Qu'ran (and thus active for fundamentalists), and practiced by Arab Muslims against the Sudanese in a devasting way this very moment.
All is relative in politics and the halls of money. The truth is that proud slaveholders in Saudi Arabia exist in normalcy not that much different from those slaveholders in the American South a hundred fifty years ago. After all, their noble koran gives them the green light, and nothing we say or do short of almighty thunder will persuade them otherwise. They've suppressed the practice, but it still exists.