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Saudi Iron Fist Checks Journo Gals' Buns of Steel

Oct. 27 2008, Published 7:07 a.m. ET

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You might have already known that the government of Saudi Arabia whips women for being raped, beheads petty criminals and homosexuals, jails critics in the media, and won't allow women to drive (but will allow their husbands to beat them). It's all old news, really. But did you also know that they also don't allow the visiting females of our media elite to use the gym at their luxury hotels? According to the self-righteous indignation emanating from a column by Maureen Dowd and a segment by ABC's Martha Raddatz, this totally unexpected outrage is actually true! According to Raddatz, in fact, she was not allowed to use the hotel gym on the same day that the U.S. government proposed selling the Saudis 900 high-tech bombs. The same day, people. After you've spent the appropriate amount of time digesting this horrifying juxtaposition, please extend your kudos to these reporters for finding a way to truly capture the depth of Saudi oppression and the complexities of the U.S.-Saudi relationship without leaving their hotel. How else could we have ever known that a militant Islamic theocracy was actually serious about imposing its extreme religious views?

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