Morally speaking, is Saudi Arabia any better than the Islamic State? The Islamic State is our enemy, and deservedly so. They use Islam as justification for violence. The violence is meant to silence their critics, and to intimidate the masses. Saudi Arabia is our ally. They are set to execute 14 men for attending a pro-democracy rally. The youngest of the group, Mujtaba’a al-Sweikat, was only 17 when he was arrested at an airport in his homeland, on his way to study at Western Michigan University. He never got there. Instead, he was tried and sentenced to death for attending a rally. He is set to be executed for exercising political speech. What is the difference between ISIS and Saudi Arabia? Why are we allied with one and against the other? Do they not represent the same form of evil?
In the wake of the attack in Nice, Manuel Valls, the French Prime Minister, said the following:
Does terrorism really need to be a part of people’s daily lives? Or are the wrong people getting elected?
Miscalculated when it butchered its way to a political consensus. Their leaders demand respect, as though they are worthy. But, we will never tolerate their existence. Their downfall is inevitable. Good must overcome evil.