Wednesday, January 02, 2008

Not the Kind of News You Like to Read as a New Year Begins

International / Middle East
Saudis Confirm Detention of Blogger

By KATHERINE ZOEPF
Published: January 2, 2008

An outspoken Saudi blogger is being held for “purposes of interrogation,” the Saudi Interior Ministry confirmed.
I followed the link to see this man's blog, not really knowing what to expect when I got there. It was no surprise that it was in Arabic, but the copy of his letter, predicting his arrest, plus some posts that friends have made since then, are in English.

I have no political agenda in presenting this New York Times article. It's just a sad commentary on our world, when there are countries on our planet where Freedom of Speech is not even a Yesterday's Memory, where it has never really existed at all.

I thank God that I am an American, that I begin a new year full of hope for the best, not dreading the worst, as this young man did. May we be ever vigilant that we do not allow our personal freedoms to be eroded, as we strive to protect our country.

4 comments:

Sheila said...

Thanks for the reminder that we all can shoot our mouths off pretty much as we wish without fear. Sorry some don't have that same freedom.

Dirty Butter said...

We take so much for granted, don't we, Sheila!

jillbeth said...

As much as we Americans complain, we should remember our blessings and freedoms, which we are slowly allowing to be taken away from us in the name of "homeland security." I remember a quote, (but forget who said it), something to the effect that those who value security above freedom don't deserve either.

Thanks for your encouraging words on my recent blog post. It's wonderful to know that there are people out there who barely know me but still keep me in their thoughs and prayers.

Dirty Butter said...

It's stories like this that leave me in a moral dilemma about how I feel about our Homeland Security measures. I understand the need for vigilance, but I do think we can lose ourselves in the name of saving ourselves.