It appears that Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross has found relief from the pesky protesters of Western democracies. He gave an almost breathless account of how he didn’t spot nary one protester in Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, just tranquil silence of the Saudis. It could be that the Trump Administration found a country unanimously and enthusiastically supportive of its policies. It could also be that protests are generally unlawful in the Kingdom. The Saudis however are famous for public demonstrations of a different kind from beheadings to the image above of festive hangings.
In an interview on CNBC on Monday, Ross, said he found it “fascinating” that he did not see “a single hint of a protester anywhere there during the whole time we were there. Not one guy with a bad placard.” Host Becky Quick was . . . well . . . quick and noted “that might be—not necessarily because they don’t have those feelings there—but because they control people and don’t allow them to come and express their feelings the same way we do here.” Of course, that is wrong. The Saudis are all in favor of people expressing their views so long as the views precisely coincide with the views of the government and do not favor any religion but Islam, advocate for basic human rights, or seek an end to medieval Sharia laws.
Ross did not miss a beat and responded “In theory, that could be true, but boy there was certainly no sign of it. There was not a single effort at any incursion. There wasn’t anything. The mood was a genuinely good mood.” Well, boy, if you have a country that has been repeatedly denounced for torture and a lack of due process, you are unlikely to see a “sign of it.”