November 22, 2006
Our Saudi Friends Celebrate An Early ThanksgivingPrinter Friendly
By Debbie Schlussel
While Americans celebrate Thanksgiving tomorrow, Saudi Arabians already had theirs over the weekend.
Tomorrow, we eat turkey. Over the weekend, the Saudis had us begging to eat crow over a man named Turki.
In an utter display of American weakness and shame, Colorado Attorney General John Suthers traveled to Saudi Arabia to apologize. Apologize for the American justice system and virtually everything else that America stands for.
Suthers went to Saudi Arabia to apologize for the conviction of Homaidan Al-Turki. Just before Labor Day, Al-Turki was sentenced to 27 years to life in a Colorado prison for keeping a slave and raping her, among other crimes.
Al-Turki, from a prominent Saudi religious family, was in Denver seeking his Ph.D. at Colorado University. This summer, he was convicted of sexually assaulting his Indonesian housekeeper, whom he and his wife--also convicted--kept as a slave. The Al-Turkis' abuse of this fellow Muslim went on for five years. They brought the 24-year-old woman to their home in Aurora, Colorado to serve as their cook, maid, nanny, and apparently "marital aid" (or in this case, also, "marital aide").
Mr. Al-Turki was convicted of felony counts of unlawful sexual contact by use of force, theft, and extortion, and misdemeanor counts of false imprisonment and conspiracy to commit false imprisonment. He and his wife confiscated the woman's passport and kept her prisoner.
When it was time for Al-Turki--like any other American resident convicted of any crime--to ask for the mercy of the court, he chose a different tack: chutzpah. Al-Turki's statement to Judge Mark Hannen at sentencing was simply stunning:
Your honor, I am not here to apologize, for I cannot apologize for things I did not do and for crimes I did not commit. The state has criminalized these basic Muslim behaviors. Attacking traditional Muslim behaviors was the focal point of the prosecution.
No, upholding American laws against slavery, false imprisonment, and rape was the focal point of the prosecution. But that's something that our State Department--and apparently Colorado's chief law enforcement officer--now don't understand.
In an unprecedented move, the State Department flew Attorney General Suthers to Saudi Arabia to personally explain--and apologize for--Al-Turki's conviction to Saudi King Abdullah. Yes, U.S. taxpayers paid for this outrageous trip, though now Suthers is claiming Abdullah decided to reimburse the tab.
Suthers flew 19 hours to answer to leaders of another sovereign nation for enforcing the laws of Colorado. And apparently, he contracted a rapidly infectious case of Stockholm Syndrome during his stay, calling his pander-tour "the adventure of a lifetime."
Monday, he lectured the media that King Abdullah et al simply can't understand "that an Indonesian maid was considered a competent witness in our courts."
He also instructed that Abdullah and company were upset that they couldn't just buy their way out of it and pay off the maid. "They didn't understand how that wasn't possible here," Suthers said.
Suthers said that, under Saudi law, four eyewitnesses are needed to prove a rape case. Memo to Suthers: You are the Attorney General of Colorado, not Saudi Arabia. The four witnesses is taken from Islamic law, since Saudi Arabia is a theocracy. We are not. And that should be the end of the story.
Our "friends," the Saudis can't get over Al-Turki's conviction. Saudi state-run media, under King Abdullah's complete control, continues to portray the Saudi slavemaster in America as the victim of a judicial system biased against Muslims.
This is the same judicial system that failed to convict Islamic Jihad frontman Sami Al-Arian, despite six-months worth of overwhelming evidence. The same judicial system that failed to convict Saudi national, Sami Omar Al-Hussayen, of terrorism, despite his creation and oversight of terrorist-related websites calling for planes to fly into buildings . . . well before 9/11.
The same judicial system that agonized for over a year on the fate of Zacarias Moussaoui, and spared his life despite his prior knowledge of the impending murder of 3,000 Americans. The same judicial system that overturned--on the flimsiest of reasons--solid convictions of Al-Qaeda terrorists who comprised the Detroit terror cell. The same judicial system that has now indicted the valiant and innocent prosecutor of that terror cell. The same judicial system that overturned the NSA wiretaps of suspected Al-Qaeda terrorists.
If anything that system has bent over backwards in favor of Muslims, to no avail in the Muslim world.
But that's not the point. Our judicial system is not perfect. It is, however, the fairest in the world. And we chose it. We need not apologize for it to anyone, much less the bloated self-anointed king of a totalitarian state. We need not apologize for it to the man from whose country 15 of 19 hijackers emanated.
We have many foreign nationals convicted in America, every single day. But American taxpayers don't send them to foreign lands to "explain" why they were found guilty.
The Saudis understand our legal system very well. They did not just discover America. The Saudi government pays for the best legal eagles for its nationals in America, when they are accused of a crime. The Saudis funded an absurd website comparing Al-Turki to the Statue of Liberty (strangely, the site's English version was removed). This sudden summons of a top American law enforcement official to "explain" is absurd and degrading. More absurd is that U.S. officials complied and went along with the act.
Can you imagine the U.S. sending a state Attorney General to explain to Hitler why we allow Blacks and Jews to serve as witnesses in our courts and why enslaving and raping them for five years is a crime?
In those days, America did not apologize for being a just society. These days, America just apologizes.
Colorado Attorney General Suthers is the latest emblem of those endless apologies to those who hate us. He can write his political epitaph with it.
Tomorrow, it's doubtful Suthers will be eating turkey like the rest of us. He's still digesting all the Saudi crow he consumed.
Posted by redguy at November 22, 2006 07:07 AM
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Great column, Debbie!
This is the problem with our appeasers. This is the problem with some of our elected officials and the negative, trashing, cowardly comments they make about America when on foreign soil.
We do not see representatives from any other nation where Americans have been tried and convicted coming over here to explain the conviction, let alone apologize for it.
“When in Rome, do as the Romans do”. When in America, it’s easy to get American politicians to abandon their principles and laws just so they won’t feel criticized or un-liked by foreign nations.
Not all countries have the laws, beliefs and moral compass that we have in America. Foreigners that come here are to respect and obey our laws, just as Americans that go to another country are to do the same.
Foreigners can practice their religious beliefs freely (or fairly freely – there are restrictions on sacrifices) but there is nothing religious about slavery, rape, forced imprisonment and the theft of ones property (i.e., the passport). These activities sound like Saudi-Muslim traditions – not a dictate of any religion – and the conviction of the perpetrators should be hailed, not apologized for.
This should also illustrate VERY CLEARLY why we cannot negotiate with terrorists. Their core beliefs are at extreme odds with American beliefs and values. The war on terror is a war of ideas and beliefs. Until Muslims change their beliefs and values and we keep compromising our beliefs and values (which Muslims DO NOT DO – they hold fast and wait for us to waffle) we are going to lose and lose big. We are going to lose our country, ourselves, our way of life, our values, our decency and our respect for others.
I don’t care how much money King Abdullah has. The fact that they cannot understand why they couldn’t buy their way out of this shows just how little they understand about America. There have been some cases but America is not just about capitalism and the pursuit of wealth. It’s also about JUSTICE FOR ALL – in case anyone has forgotten.
“Four witnesses to prove a rape case” are needed to convict. That’s a nice convenient law – for sexual predator men. Just don’t have witnesses and rape all you want - how quaint!
We do not need to apologize for being Americans. If we are so bad as a nation and a people, why does everyone seem to want to come here? Why don’t those that seek opportunity immigrate to Saudi Arabia? In fact, why don’t we convert all of our convicted rapists to the Muslim religion, then export them to Saudi Arabia where they relish such activity!
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