Saturday, March 16, 2002

"SAUDI Arabia's religious police are reported to have forced schoolgirls back into a blazing building because they were not wearing Islamic headscarves and black robes."

They keep telling us, in every way they can, that life is cheap in the Muslim world. And yet they continue to surprise us, to shock us.

In this country, the police would have found blankets, jackets, anything. Passersby would have offered their own scarves, coats, whatever they had. In Saudi Arabia, they beat children with sticks and send them back into a burning building rather than let them leave without a head covering. How can such a society survive?

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