Dear Saudi Arabia

Happy National Day, despite everything.

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18 thoughts on “Dear Saudi Arabia

  1. I like the idea of a day to “think about what we should do to have a brighter future.” (According to Prince Sultan bin Salman.)

    The US’s Independence Day tends to get a bit . . . jingoistic. And I’m being generous.

    So, Happy National Day!

  2. Happy National Day!

    All nations have their faults, but their national days are a chance to celebrate the positives and the people, and to look toward the future as one wishes it to become.

    On Canada’s “Confederation Day” I try not to focus on our negatives, like our treatment of First Nations peoples, or sometimes slavish adherence to US dictates, but rather celebrate the good.

    KSA is a young country with many positives and challenges. I was particularly impressed that KAUST was Inaugurated today, a clear statement about a positive future.

  3. some SAUDI boys got crazy and over-excited today while celebrating their national day here in KHOBAR. they broke the glass and windshields of other RANDOM cars that came in their way with the help of the ROD which is attached to the flag. and they RANDOMLY threw tin of cans on each other. THAT WAS NUTS!!!

    police had to shot fires in the air to “calm” them down…after some time RIOT police came…I never knew they had “riot” police :P

    this all happened at the corniche road ..AL-KHOBAR..

    GOD HELP THIS YOUTH!!!

    • Um Zana–“Ditto to Chiara” Ditto of what comment?
      “who’s not even Saudi” nor do I claim to be
      “don’t like Saudi” which I have never said nor implied
      “just leave…that simple!” Actually it would be extremely difficult to leave, as I have never been there, nor have I pretended to live there. However, I would love to live in Jeddah for a while and travel about.

      I’m sorry Um Zana, but your comment bewilders me. Perhaps you have me confused with someone else. If I were trying to pass myself off as Saudi for some unfathomable reason, please rest easy that I could come up with a more Saudi sounding name than the markedly Italian Chiara, Perchance an opportunity to pick one of my many favourite Arabic names–Noor, Khadija (would have to practice pronouncing it properly), Sara, Janna, Alia, Iman, Mariam, Jihanne, etc. But in that case, perhaps it would be more fun to try to pass myself off as an ultimate Saudi feminist man–hmmm more good names to think of, Khalid, Mohamed, Ali, Daoud, Tareq, Jamal, etc….
      In somma, non capisco niente della sua critica.

      • Chiara, the comment was not directed at you…I was applauding you for not being a Saudi, yet you were not one of the Saudi Bashers…I wanted the others to learn something from u. Ditto, means i also agree with your comments.

  4. its nice to celebrate national day, but this is for young boys out there, you have respect yourselves and others, its not nice to think that a lot of people will wait for 2 hours or more of traffic for nonsense dancing and cheering in the middle of the road, i can understand that ur having fun but make a sense of it! im sorry for my observation but this young boys looks like stupid the way they acted, i hope that the police can do something about this!

    • Um Zana–my apologies for misunderstanding your comment. Although I believe you misunderstood mine, or perhaps it was less witty than I intended.

      Unfortunately I was repeatedly falsely accused on another blog on which you comment of trying to pass myself off as Saudi or a Saudi expert or a false entity of some sort. Perhaps that is why I misinterpreted your comment. Perhaps I was hypersensitive or unconsciously thought you had been influenced by others.

      My apologies once again.

      Scusi!

  5. I would urge all to not use terms like “ignorant” to describe other participants.

    It betrays our national commendable tradition for hospitality.

    Moreover, I believe that all should be able to express pride in the linguistic roots of their personal names.

    Finally, I believe that it is unhelpful to suggest that anyone who does not like our nation should leave it.

    While I acknowledge that many youth do indeed heed that admonition and leave our nation, I believe that as a policy it harms our nation.

    Moreover, it is unfair to our people.

    The denial of freedoms by our clerical establishment should not be viewed as reasonable.

    As such, it should not be the case that one must either agree to live without such freedoms, or one should agree to exile.

  6. Andrew-“While I acknowledge that many youth do indeed heed that admonition and leave our nation, I believe that as a policy it harms our nation”

    Good for them, they need to be where they belong, where they fit in, where they can be and do whatever they want, where they have “FREEDOM” – (laughable.).
    By them staying in Saudi Arabia-this is what is harming Saudi even more. It’s best for them to leave rather than staying and messing up Saudi Arabia, Islam, and Islamic Laws, and taking everyone to ‘HELL’ with them.

  7. Um Zana:

    Your view is one that I hear regularly.

    Indeed, supporters of the clerical establishment regularly espouse the position that no beliefs or actions other than those which they espouse should be permitted, and that anyone acting or believing otherwise should be slain or exiled.

    Totalitarianist ideology is not alien to our nation.

    However, one might note that those who espouse such totalitarianism should not simultaneously decry foreign negative attitudes.

    Totalitarianism by its nature engenders such negative perceptions.

  8. May the kingdom be blessed by The Al-Mighty Allah, and showered by best o His blessings. The kingdom is a source of living for many needy people. May Allah bless the king. Salam

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