First of all I do not hate, and I do participate, but Manal Alshareef’s speech at Oslo, had so many inconsistencies, I just had to say something.
The speech was dramatic, in a storytelling way, but as is the case with dramatic stories, spices were added for dramatic effect.
The bullet holes in the ka’ba due to the siege of makkah, maybe she did see them, but I have to put a few lines under her seeing them during hajj, to ask or be told about them during tawaf in the massive hajj crowed, but I could be wrong, and not that her beloved mother is an authority on what bullets holes look like on the walls of the ka’ba, but hey, a hole in the wall, is probably cause by a bullet…right?
The first song she heard was a backstreet boys song “show me the meaning of being lonely” is a little too melodramatic don’t you think? and fits with the image she is trying to portray, and I do not believe it. Especially that I think she would’ve been around her teenage years and attended her fare share of saudi weddings which have a lot of song and dance (mine did)
Of course Osama bin laden and the mujahideen were heroes in Saudi, and guess what, they were heroes in America also, Ronald Reagan dedicated the launch of a space shuttle to the mujahideen, so we were basically “with the program” with our biggest and best ally, there was nothing wrong with that back then, and we should not be blamed for it by ourselves right now. It is not something of our own making. (Read the Looming Towers)
I said back then that she will be used, and here she is, proving my point.
Understand, I do support the cause, I just don’t like being manipulated, and this is manipulation, when they try to make you think half the truth is the truth, more often than not, half the truth is a lie.
In the end she says Mona asked her how she is so brave, she says, “they messed with the wrong woman”, you know what? even Rosa Parks had civil rights training, and I am sure Manal has some powerful and influential people backing her.
Maybe the ends justify the means, and maybe gaining international support for the cause will help push it, but while the world watches people being massacred in Syria and does nothing, and has been watching the plight of the Palestinian people and did nothing, while taking out Saddam and then Qadhafi like that was the easiest thing in the world when they wanted to, the image is clear, and if you didn’t get it, well then, I envy you.
I am not sure where this fits with SaudiWoman’s (Saudi reaction to Manal Al Sharif’s Oslo Speech) but as is the case with my blog, these are “my thoughts on different things…”
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