Prince Abdullah Al-Saud, Saudi Arabia’s ambassador to the United States’ response to a journalist’s question on the use of cluster bombs in Yemen, was mind-blowing to say the least.
“Will you continue to use cluster weapons in Yemen?” the reporter asked.
Al-Saud had the audacity to laugh before answering: “This is like the question, ‘Will you stop beating your wife?’”
“If anyone attacks human lives and disturbs the border, in whatever region, we’re going to continue hitting them, no matter what,” the prince added.
Interestingly, he made the audacious remarks just a few days after one of his fellow countrymen was sentenced to three days in prison for biting his wife and beating her up.
The Specialized Criminal Court in the capital city of Riyadh also sentenced the aggressor to 30 lashes in a public place, in the presence of his wife unless she decides not to be present.
Saudi Arabia, though not one of the greatest places to be a woman, has legislation protecting women, children and domestic workers against domestic abuse.
The “Protection from Abuse” law is the first of its kind in the ultra-conservative country, which has often faced international criticism for lacking laws that protect women and domestic workers against abuse.
Under the 17-article bill, those found guilty of committing psychological or physical abuse could face prison sentences of up to one year and up to 50,000 riyals ($13,300) in fines.
The Saudi-led coalition has been fighting Yemen’s Houthi movement since March 2015. It wants to restore the internationally recognized president, Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi, who was driven into exile by the supposedly Iran-allied Houthis in late 2014.
Airstrikes conducted by the Saudi-led coalition have been blamed for the majority of the estimated 10,000 deaths so far.
Laughing off either the war and its resulting devastation or an issue as serious as domestic abuse is not only insolent but also shows that the neither Kingdom nor its representatives realize the terrible depths of both the issues.