Saudi Arabia declares all atheists are terrorists in new law to crack down on political dissidents
How does this fit with the following statistic from 2012? Hope all courageous non believers in Saudi will be OK!
Hathal, you make some important points.
I imagine the issue with Western politicians being cozy with dictatorial regimes is entirely about oil wealth. A generation ago, it might have been as cold war proxies, but that seems past.
Like a lot of things, the word "terrorism" seems to be in the mind of the beholder. I try to be careful with it. For some people, it seems to be a synonym for "someone I don't like". For the Saudi feudal govt, it seems to be anyone who might threaten their absolute stronghold and control of their society. I think anything designed to impose terror, and thereby either achieve a goal, make a point, or just out of sadism, could be considered terrorism.
I'm not sure about the last couple of sentences. I agree they are bad, and corrupt, but I don't know about imposing terror