For example, British Prime Minister David Cameron applauded Abdullah for his "commitment to peace."
The Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Gen. Martin Dempsey, announced an essay contest honoring the fallen king who was "a man of remarkable character and courage." I should note here that this says far more about the current leaders of the US military than it says about the personal qualities of the ex-king.
The news media contends Abdullah was a "reformer." President Obama infamously bowed to King Abdullah early in his presidency in 2009. It makes me wonder if North Korea owned all the world's oil, would Obama bow to Kim Jong-un as well?
Let's examine the record of King Abdullah:
Saudi Arabia's punishments for what they consider crimes is almost identical to that of the terrorists of Islamic State. Perhaps we will see Obama bowing to Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi?
- Abdullah oversaw the public flogging of a blogger.
- Women in Saudi Arabia are basically the property of men
- Saudi Arabia has one of the world's worst human rights records
- Saudi Arabia has exported Islamic extremism around the world
- Oil revenue paid for mosques and radical preachers who pull the western world down into the same sewer as the Saudi model
- No democracy
- Arbitrary arrests and torture
- In 2006, a rape victim was sentenced to 90 lashes for being in a car with a man who wasn't her relation
The damage King Abdullah visited upon the world can’t be measured in dollars, but in the diminished spiritual and psychological health of the world--not to mention the physical health of those on the wrong side of his laws. Even burning in Hell for eternity seems not enough of a punishment.
The record of the influence of Abdullah and the Saudis on human civilization is a horrific one. If bad guys are a necessity of the universe, then the Saudis have played that role admirably.
Yet, world leaders praise him at the moment of his demise and journey to somewhere south of Heaven.
The bad news is his replacement King Salman plans to continue in his footsteps.
What is the danger of honoring evil men such as King Abdullah? By lauding the man who champions everything you abhor, and who weakens every rung of your ladder of freedom and democracy, you engineer your own fall and the demise of your own power, your beliefs, and your civilization.
It's alright, Obama and the others are saying to the rulers of Saudi Arabia. We really don't mind your ghastly human rights record. Because of oil. Because of the need for strategic partners in the Middle East. All is forgiven. The politicians of the west think it's a good deal. Even as the monster tramps one step at a time into their own nations to do as he will.