What can I say the US is a slipping here, they got to punish them bad guys but wait a minute: "But Bush decided it was not in the national interest of the United States to punish Saudi Arabia as well as Kuwait and Ecuador, who were among the 14 censured nations."(New York Newsday, Sep, 30 05).
Here is the whole article but please don't pee in your pants from laughing or maybe from being scared:
By BARRY SCHWEID
AP Diplomatic Writer
September 30, 2005, 11:17 PM EDT
WASHINGTON -- The Bush administration has postponed punishing Saudi Arabia for restricting religious freedom, giving the U.S. ally six more months to show it has made progress in its treatment of religious minorities.
One year ago, the State Department declared that religious freedom was absent in the Arab kingdom. Under U.S. law, the Bush administration could have imposed sanctions such as trade restrictions -- as it has done with some other countries.
Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice notified Congress last week that she had authorized a 180-day waiver of action against Saudi Arabia "in order to allow additional time for the continuation of discussions leading to progress on important religious freedom issues."
Rice raised the issue last week in a meeting in Washington with the Saudi foreign minister, Prince Saud al-Faisal, and stressed the importance of continuing to work on it, said State Department spokesman Kurtis Cooper.
Last week, the department notified Congress that Rice had banned commercial export of certain defense articles to Eritrea. The African country was cited a year ago along with Saudi Arabia and Vietnam as having records of serious concern on religious freedom.
It was the first time sanctions were applied to any country under the U.S. religious freedom law.
The United States Commission on International Religious Freedom, a federal agency established by Congress in 1998 to promote religious freedom around the world, disclosed Rice's action on Friday.
Cooper said the waiver was a temporary measure that "allows us to continue discussions leading to progress on important religious freedom issues."
Vietnam, the third country cited last year, reached an agreement with the State Department in May to improve religious freedom conditions.
The delay on Saudi Arabia coincided with a just-ended public diplomacy venture by Undersecretary of State Karen Hughes designed to promote democracy in Muslim countries.
Stopping in Saudi Arabia, Hughes praised leaders of the kingdom for their counterterrorism work.
The religious freedom commission, in a statement, said real progress was absent in Saudi Arabia on religious conditions and that the U.S. government should use the 180 days to achieve real progress.
Otherwise, the commission said, licenses should not be issued for exports to Saudi Arabia of technology that could be used in military programs and Saudi officials responsible for religious freedom violations should not be permitted to visit the United States.
"Freedom of religion does not exist," the State Department said last year in summing up the situation in Saudi Arabia in a report that covered religious freedom in 191 countries.
The report said that those who do not adhere to the officially sanctioned strain of Sunni Islam practiced in the country can face "severe repercussions" from religious police.
It also cited instances in which government-paid mosque preachers "used violent anti-Jewish and anti-Christian language in their sermons."
Last week, President Bush waived financial sanctions on Saudi Arabia for failing to make significant efforts to stop slave trade in prostitutes, child sex workers and forced laborers.
Saudi Arabia was one of 14 countries the State Department listed in June as failing to address the problem adequately. But Bush decided it was not in the national interest of the United States to punish Saudi Arabia as well as Kuwait and Ecuador, who were among the 14 censured nations.
Rice is expected to release this year's worldwide religious freedom report next Thursday.
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