King Abdullah’s death: World leaders shed a tear, some people do not!
He procured billions of dollars’ worth of defence equipment from USA and UK. He hosted multiple U.S. Presidents and otherworld leaders (UK, Russia, included), and made frequent visits to the United States. He imprisoned his four daughters in the royal palace for being vocal about women’s rights. He is Abdullah bin Abdulaziz, Saudi Arabia’s King who died today (January 23, 2015) at the age of 90.
Saudi Arabia’s poor human rights record has been constantly ignored by the world leaders. The country’s corporal punishment include amputations of hands and feet for robbery, flogging for ‘lesser crimes’ such as ‘sexual deviance’, etc. More recently, furore erupted, when Raif Badawi, a writer and activist, was jailed for blogging about free speech. Termed as anti-Islamic, he was sentenced to seven years in prison and 600 lashes.
As the news of the king’s death became known, people and even world leaders took to the popular microblogging site to express their condolences, some otherwise. When the world leaders showered praises, calling him a reformer, it infuriated people across the world.
This is what people have to say
So sad to hear about King Abdullah’s death. He was one of my favourite WWE wrestlers. — Rohan (@mojorojo) January 23, 2015
World’s a better place without the likes of King Abdullah. A sponsor of terror, a monarch who presided over bestial torture & punishment. — Shiv Aroor (@ShivAroor) January 23, 2015
King Abdullah had 30 wives, He wanted death for Atheists. Forbade women frm driving. Calling him a reformer is nt buttering. It’s Oiling! — Nitin Gupta(Rivaldo) (@Nitin_Rivaldo) January 23, 2015
The incredible government and media fawning over King Abdullah is something to behold. No crime too great if you are good with the oil. — Murtaza Hussain (@MazMHussain) January 23, 2015
I don’t think King Abdullah would want us to be sad — he’d want us to remember the good times; the reliable oil, the beheadings, etc. — Charles Demers (@charliedemers) January 23, 2015
Correction: King Abdullah did not jail 2 of his daughters. He jailed 4 of his daughters. We regret the error. — Jeet Heer (@HeerJeet) January 23, 2015
Under King Abdullah, Saudia Arabia produced many reforms. Also, 15 of the 19 September 11th hijackers. — David Burge (@iowahawkblog) January 23, 2015
RIP King Abdullah, the first head of state in the 21st century to die in the 14th century. — oculus (@daddy_san) January 23, 2015
Really broken up about the death of King Abdullah. Who will stone accused adulteresses to death now? Oh yeah, his successor. — Moshe Kasher (@moshekasher) January 23, 2015
The only person who has been reported dead more times than Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi is King Abdullah. Another thing ISIS has in common w/ Saudi. — Hayder al-Khoei (@Hayder_alKhoei) January 22, 2015
In contrast, the world leaders seemed to shed a tear
King Abdullah was a man of wisdom & vision. US has lost a friend & Kingdom of #SaudiArabia, Middle East, and world has lost a revered leader
— John Kerry (@JohnKerry) January 23, 2015
Obama: “I always valued King Abdullah’s perspective and appreciated our genuine and warm friendship” http://t.co/QDce4KeR0R — AJE News (@AJENews) January 23, 2015
King Abdullah had genuine warmth &affection for India &our people, was personally committed to improving bilateral ties #PresidentMukherjee — President of India (@RashtrapatiBhvn) January 23, 2015
King Abdullah was a man of wisdom & vision. US has lost a friend & Kingdom of #SaudiArabia, Middle East, and world has lost a revered leader — John Kerry (@JohnKerry) January 23, 2015
I extend my deepest condolences to ppl of #SaudiArabia on passing of King Abdullah. My stmt: http://t.co/gcbHX4NJAO #KSA — John McCain (@SenJohnMcCain) January 23, 2015
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