Tuesday, January 5, 2016

Saudi Arabia Executes Shia Cleric Nimr al-Nimr

It is saddening to hear that Saudi Arabia had executed Nimr al-Nimr, a prominent Shia imam in Saudi Arabia. I think this execution was a terrible move. It should not have been done.

A government needs to treat its religious and ethnic minorities with respect and care. How can the Shia of Saudi Arabia believe that their government is for them as well when something like this occurs?

The people of Saudi Arabia deserve peace. But this execution has made that harder to maintain.

I shudder to imagine how this execution will taint the current political situation. Already protesters in Iran had ransacked the Saudi Embassy and Saudi Arabia, Bahrain and Sudan have cut ties with Iran in retaliation. This execution has needlessly poured fuel on the fire.

This execution itself and the decision to do such an inflammatory thing is a threat to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. I hope those in power within Saudi Arabia realize this soon enough.

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