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Read Me/Disclaimer: This is a non-political/socio-political blog. It's a running tale of my Saudi Arabian adventure, great, good, bad, and ugly. It is uncensored, and I don't really care what you think of it, read it or don't. I don't care. I did not decide to do this as a means to an end, but rather to document the means with which I occupied my time while waiting for my end... All that being said, I'm an American Expat in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. The opportunity to help build this system and the salary that accompanied it were to good to pass up.-Geoff

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Sunday, July 1, 2012


Uh oh!  I'm blogging about one of those topics.  
Public beheading here I come!  
Actually, I don't think so.  In fact, I'm not worried at all.  

When I came to Saudi Arabia last year, I didn't really know what to expect.  I knew that not everybody rode around on camels, and I also knew that not everybody lived in a Palace and had a fleet of yachts at their disposal, or an Oil derrick in their front yard.  These things however did comprise most of the images I had seen.  I have studied history, read books, read many newspapers both in print and online,  and try and stay very informed about the world I live in.  Despite all of that, and despite the fact that my father had been here before me, I didn't really know what to think about Saudi itself.  I found something that was completely different from anything I had expected. 

Maybe more important than what I discovered about Saudi was what I discovered about Muslims. 

About all I remembered from the comparative  religion class I took in school was that Christians went to churches, Jews went to temples, and Muslims went to Mosques.  If I dig a little deeper into my memory, I remember that Budda is a big guy, and that for some reason the imagery of cows and elephants come to me when I think of Hindu's.  Seems stupid right?  Well a man can't know everything about everything and I had just never worried about it.  It stayed that way until a morning in September, 2001. 

Suddenly, I had to start thinking about it, suddenly I was inundated with images of what "Muslims" looked like, what they believed and where they were from.  Suddenly it was "us" versus "them".  Wait a minute?  I hadn't been to church in years... 

Now, I'm a patriot in the truest sense of the word. I have served my country and always will, I will love her and help her always.  If the men and women elected to lead her become corrupt, it is my solemn duty as a citizen to try and replace them through the legal means provided in the Constitution and the bill of rights.  If I have a question about something, I have the right and the responsibility to ask it...And I had better damn well have the guts to live up to that responsibility or I should just turn in my passport now. 

Wars are wars, I won't discuss those, their possible merits or their possible lack of merits here.  But why do I get a feeling of us versus them?  Who is "us"?  Who is "them"?  The West vs the East?  No Saudi's an ally...So is India...we've been involved with and supported Eastern Nations for years...Christians vs. Muslims???  Didn't that fight already get waged long before we set sail for the new world? 

"Us" vs "Them" is supposed to apply to the peaceful peoples of the world vs those who seek to use violence as a weapon to influence others for religious, political or ideological reasons.  Did everybody get that memo?  I don't know that they did. 

Colonists founded America as a Christian colony of the British crown, But in 1776 while a majority of the population could be considered Protestant Christian, the signers of the Declaration of Independence bound the 13 colonies together in a new way.  The Constitution of the United States adopted 12 or so years later while acknowledging a "Creator" does not specifically name such a Creator.  Practice and law over the centuries between then and now clearly establish a separation of church and state.  (There is a reason for that that the history guys ought to know...).  What America was and has proudly become is the land of freedom and that includes religious freedom. 

So why all the backlash from the Egyptian elections?  Why all the facebook petitions and email warnings and screaming from the rooftops about how the Muslim brotherhood will take over the world if we let them?  Why all the churches and temples holding prayer sessions for Israel?  Why every time I mention something cool that I saw or learned here does somebody say "you're not converting are you!?"  Why do I suddenly feel the need to respond "NO, NO!  Nothing like that!"  I shouldn't feel that way at all, I come from the land of religious freedom, I can be any religion I please including none and it matters not one bit on my status as first and foremost an American Citizen.  Its one of the very core things that gives us our strength as a nation. 

E. Pluribus Unum  Out of many, One.  Everybody remember that? 

I'm watching the situation in Egypt closely, if it starts to go bad, I'll worry.  But its foolish, ignorant, fear-mongering to think that an army of blood thirsty Muslims is going to set out on horseback to destroy Israel just because the brotherhood won an election.  Not to mention the fact that Western Navies patrol the entire area and have enough firepower to destroy the world and send us all back to our respective creators a few hundred times over... 

Since I've been here the past eight months, I've discovered the truth about Muslims.  I might not have known much before I got on the plane, but believe me, I've learned.  The point of this post I guess is that you may not like what I've learned.  

They're just like us.  They're greedy, lazy, and power hungry.  They lie, cheat, steal, have affairs, do drugs, curse, drink and do things they should be ashamed of.  They also act selflessly, love, laugh, marry, have children, hold their wife's hands, abstain from alcohol, and turn the other cheek. They dream, they smile, they hope for a better life for their children, they work hard and long hours, they struggle to achieve the best in life.  They're just like us.  Which I guess brings me to the point of this whole ramble.  When I got here, some went out of their way to welcome me and make me feel as comfortable as possible.  Some went out of their way to do just the opposite, and some just ignored me.  If the tables were turned and the Eastern Muslim man was new in the US, by himself and helping us set up an education program...what would you be to him?  If a gang of kids followed him in a car while he was walking, shouting at him...would you be the one to yell at them? Chase them off?  Maybe just call the police?  Or would you ignore it? 

Are you Islamaphobic?  Why do I hesitate to hit "publish"...Why do I almost fear reprisal for this post from the West more than I fear it from Saudi...Oh well, here goes. 


  1. Actually this is from so long,dude...... so long. The fear of Islam !!!!!!!!!!

    Islam its self not bad, how could it be. It's same as christian, and Jews, from same Prophet Ibrahim. God send many prophets for guiding humans, one after one. Four holy books revealed on four prophets.

    Your God and my God is same.

    Its just that instead of spreading the true message of God. we have build our own masjidein and churches.

    I wanna say more but its Ok.

    Now on Egypt, middle east and Israel.

    Well the reality is that Arab nations has some how done peace with Israel. Sorry to say, your people are only creating Phobia and hate. Egypt or any Muslim country will never fight with Israel or USA, can they? Prove me.

    They are in her pocket. Come on, you are not a bay. They fund Muslim world. MW is sold out. That is why I am not angry with West. they did and doing what they should be.

    Believe me , they are creating phobia among your nation and nothing else. They have set up a Islamic type political party/ system in turkey, and it went just right. Now they are doing it in ME. So no fear.

    1. Some people yes, maybe even some Americans or Westerners. Not "my people" though. My people (whoever they might be or whatever they might look like) don't spread fear and hate.

      Were lovers, not fighters, but were fighters also so don't get any ideas. :)

      P.S.: that line is just a joke and is stolen from a funny guy on facebook.

  2. P's: Why just Islam phobia? What about Jews and Hinduism. What if you like the teaching and principle of jews, what if you find peace in Islam ?
    Hinduism has worst type of caste system. Why no human right peep say anything?

    Syrian army killing innocent peeps and children everyday ,where is NATO?
    Why NATO was only taken in Qaddafi? Why western media zeroed in on Egypt and Libya?
    Does not Syria want new man?

    nOOOOOOOOO...who cares if innocent people are dying. This revolution was so planned. Their interest was Egypt and Libya, and you know why?

    You are not to answer these questions, just saying.

    1. I won't answer them, but they are good questions. They deserve to be asked in a public forum. Ever thought about working for Amnesty or one of the other International watch groups? There are places in this world for people who dare to ask those questions...just sayin

  3. Of course not you, and not your peeps. But some black sheep are doing this.