Fri Sep 14, 2018, 12:31 AM

After Canada-Saudi Row, West Confronts Risk Of Speaking Up

Saudi Arabia appears to be using its economic muscle to quell foreign criticism under Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman

September 13, 2018

Riyadh (AFP) - Saudi Arabia's diplomatic brawl with Canada has exposed what Western officials call "new red lines" in their engagement with the oil-rich kingdom, deterring nations from publicly criticising its human rights record.

A furious Saudi Arabia last month expelled Canada's ambassador and froze all new trade after Ottawa denounced a crackdown on activists in the Gulf state, in an increasingly combative approach to international censure.

Canada has refused to give ground, vowing to always stand up for human rights globally, even as diplomats say high-level negotiations are ongoing between the two countries to resolve differences.

But Canada appears to be standing alone.

"We are coming to terms with the new red lines," said a Western official, explaining why hardly any allies have vocally backed Canada's stance.



How low do we go?

Supporting al Qaeda rebels in Syria and siding with the Saudis, both implicated in the 9/11 attacks vs. our bordering neighbors to the north.

Just can't make this shit up?

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