Coming soon to a television screen near
you Saudi Arabia
Many of our daily readers have a big heart-on for the pure kino aesthetics of absolute dictators with absolute power.
I get it. I really do. The highest praise that can be heaped on this form of government is that there comes a time for every nation when it is necessary. Militaries and revolutions can only be organized by this principle.
A problem can arise, however, when the Guy In Charge gets there by accidents of birth order and family relations, and not because of popular support and proven merit in times of crisis, or at least because of some impartial militaristic bureaucracy in times of stability.
A nation can end up – as many monarchies have – with the most vicious and entitled little cunt of all the cunts, whoever was most willing to kill or imprison his own family members, making decisions everyone hates with impunity.
In other words, you can get exactly what we have now, but without the extra steps.
In a mud-walled village in the Persian Gulf, a Christian woman sheds tears of love for a Muslim merchant. But he is stuck in a miserable marriage to a woman who longs for another Muslim man. But she can’t have him, because he is crazy about the local rabbi’s daughter.
These tangles of interreligious intrigue unspool in a new blockbuster television series that has set off heated debates across the Arab world about the region’s historical relationships with Jewish communities and the shifting stances of some of its current leaders toward Israel.
Fans laud the program, set in the 1940s and 1950s, for highlighting an often overlooked aspect of the region’s past — Jewish communities in the Persian Gulf — while providing a much-needed example of coexistence among different faiths.
But critics have blasted it as a blatant effort to reshape Arab views of Israel to pave the way for formal relations, or what many in the Arab world call “normalization.”
With the coronavirus shuttering mosques and the holy city of Mecca, this year’s Ramadan, which began last week, was already bound for the history books.
But the virus’s effect on the Islamic holy month is just one aspect that will be long remembered, a prominent Palestinian journalist, Abdel Bari Atwan, wrote this week.
The other reason this Ramadan won’t soon be forgotten is because “it witnessed the largest normalization campaign, driven by the Saudi media, with help from the government, and coordinated with the Israeli occupation state,” Mr. Atwan said.
Suspicions that the historical TV drama, “Um Haroun,” or “Mother of Aaron,” is part of a state-sponsored push to sway opinions are widespread. The show airs on MBC, the Arab world’s largest private broadcaster, but one ultimately controlled by the Saudi state.
The same network is also broadcasting a comedy program that has made light of Arab attitudes toward Israel, further fueling a sense that both shows are mixing entertainment with propaganda.
The two shows will run through Ramadan, when television viewership skyrockets as families binge-watch programs over the evening meals that break the dawn-to-dusk fast.
The comedy show, Makhraj 7, or “Exit 7,” a Saudi slang term used to avoid unwanted conversation, pokes fun at contemporary views of Israel in Saudi society.
In one episode, a father discovers his son playing an online video game with an Israeli child and fumes about his offspring fraternizing with “the enemy.” In other scenes, one relative suggests using the boy’s new connection for spy work while another wants to exploit it for Israeli business contacts and accuses the Palestinians of being ungrateful for the support received from Saudi Arabia over the years.
Those scenes have enraged Palestinians, who long counted on Saudi backing.
In a statement, MBC, the Saudi-controlled channel, said the show focused on “tolerance, moderation, openness and coexistence, showcasing a region before sectarianism.”
Allah is nothing before the powers of Coca-Cola, man-on-man anal, consumer debt, and nagging whore-wives.
The Saudi will be the perfect consumer – because he is so stupid (from inbreeding) that you need to threaten him with violence in order to get him to do anything resembling impulse control.
A new nation of goyim rises.