Tuesday, October 12, 2004

Our 13th Century Ally

Step right up, ladies! You only thought you missed the Middle Ages!

From the AP:

Women may neither vote nor run in Saudi Arabia’s first nationwide elections, the government announced Monday, dashing hopes of progressive Saudis and easing fears among conservatives that the kingdom is moving too fast on reforms.

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The decision was first announced by Interior Minister Prince Nayef in an interview published Monday. In his terse comment to a Kuwaiti newspaper, Nayef said only: “I don’t think that women’s participation is possible.”

According to the White House, the Saudis are among our staunchest allies in the war on terror. Besides, who cares if everyone votes? It certainly worked in their favor the last time.