Your dhimmi tax dollars at work: honoring the Saudi king

The 90-year-old king of Saudi Arabia died last week no peace upon him.  The deceased presided over a wealthy kingdom thanks to sitting on vast reserves of oil in the ground that, until recently, charged high prices for a commodity extracted cheaply and easily.  He also presided over a kingdom that beheads people in public stadiums, prohibits women from driving or even leaving the house without a male escort when not killing them for imagined crimes, and, oh yes, helped finance September 11, 2001, among other activities.  But hey, those involved in the latter were not really terrorists, let alone Islamic terrorists.  They were just a few wayward citizens engaging in, oh, workplace violence or insurgency, or, yeah, suffering from anger management issues.

So, on his way home from India, President Barack Hussein Obama (D) made a detour to Saudi Arabia to express American condolences at this great loss to humanity.  Meanwhile, back home in America, the United States Department of Defense sponsored an "essay competition to Honor Saudi King."  (No, even The Onion couldn't have dreamt of doing such a bizarre parody.)

The chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff has established a research and essay competition in honor of Saudi Arabia’s King Abdullah Bin Abdul-Aziz hosted by the National Defense University.

The king, who died Jan. 23 at age 90, oversaw the modernization of his country’s military during the time he spent as commander of the Saudi Arabian National Guard, a position he held from 1963 until he became king in 2005.

Army Gen. Martin E. Dempsey said the essay competition is a fitting tribute to the life and leadership of the Saudi Arabian monarch.

Lifetime Supporter of U.S.-Saudi Alliance

The king was a lifetime supporter of his country’s alliance with the United States. Abdullah ruled Saudi Arabia from 2005 to his death, and served as regent of the country from 1995. He is succeeded by King Salman Bin Abdul-Aziz.

“This is an important opportunity to honor the memory of the king, while also fostering scholarly research on the Arab-Muslim world, and I can think of no better home for such an initiative than NDU,” Dempsey said in a statement announcing the competition.

The competition will focus on issues related to the Arab-Muslim world and is designed to encourage strategic thinking and meaningful research on a crucial part of the world. The program will be in place at NDU for the next academic year, officials said.

‘A Man of Remarkable Character and Courage’

Dempsey first met Abdullah in 2001, when he was a brigadier general serving as the U.S. advisor to the Saudi Arabian National Guard. “In my job to train and advise his military forces, and in our relationship since, I found the king to be a man of remarkable character and courage,” Dempsey said. (italics added)

Robert Zubrin, president of Pioneer Energy, took up the challenge, submitting a brilliant essay that for some reason didn't win; luckily, PJ Media's Tatler published it.  I'm sure, after reading it, you'll agree it should have won, so, as we're a democracy, please inform the Department of Defense of your feelings. 

It is sad that you died of natural causes. I had an appointment in the World Trade Center on September 11, 2001. It was cancelled at the last minute. If only you could have been there in my place. How much you could have learned. Or perhaps you could have been a passenger in one of the planes that hit it. No doubt you would have had a first class seat, right at the front of the plane. After all, great men like you don’t sit with the college kids and nursing mothers in the back. What joy you would have had, seeing New York from the air, at closer range than any has ever had, or at least had since Solomon Andrews buzzed 5th Avenue in a gliding balloon in 1866. Then you could have been among the first to enter the building, and gone out in a flash as you experienced the true glory of the cult you had done so much to promote.

Just think, if you had been on that plane, you might have displaced a standby passenger, who did not deserve to be on it, as you so richly did.

But I understand that you may have had other engagements. Perhaps you were at home, whipping one of your approximately 35 wives (your laws prescribe a limit of 4, but laws, like terrorist suicide bombings and beheadings, are for the little people). Or perhaps you were in Kabul, in the soccer stadium, honoring the crowd, as you shared the joy of the event as together you cheered the sequential execution of terrified women, heads blown out from behind, one after the other, for the crime of teaching girls to read. Clearly you had a right to be there, as it was you that paid for the education of the fans.

And now you have gone to the other world, where we are all equal. I appreciate the indignity you must be suffering as a result. There you are, together with the women in the stadium, the economy class passengers, the secretaries and mail room boys dispatched from their 84th story offices, and the NYPD cops who died trying to rescue them. None of these people appreciate you, at least not the way your would-be peers from around the world, weeping sincerely at the side of your casket evidently do.

Perhaps you can take up the matter with the King. I’m sure he will set things right.

By now you should have figured out the meaning of "dhimmi" in the title and who is one.  Similar to the Nazis' untermenschen, it means sub, lowly humans.  A dhimmi is a person allowed to live in a Muslim-dominated area as an inferior person, paying a high tax to do so.  How sad that the Department of Defense feels that way, no matter how important Saudi Arabia might be strategically, despite the important but diminishing strength of its oil weapon.

hat tip: Instapundit