Some 20 people from various countries face floggings and prison time for cutting a rug in Saudi Arabia. Their swingin' soiree included alcohol, dancing and the intermingling of unrelated people of opposite sexes – all forbidden by Saudi law.
(One has to wonder what a "party" in Saudi Arabia would consist of, given the prohibition of said activities. "Pin the Tail on the Camel" can only be fun for so long. And "Spin the Scimitar" – we won't even go there.)
Saudi Arabia is well known for its draconian, dogmatic laws, which emanate from its monarchical government. This isn't the symbolic monarchy of today's United Kingdom, either, but the old school monarchy with absolute power of life and death over its subjects. The difference between "monarch" and "dictator" is indeed semantic.
Obviously, Saudi Arabia is a Middle Eastern country that needs to experience the fruits of democracy. Which is why I have the following plea for President Bush:
Mr. President, please use your influence to bring democracy to the beleaguered people of Saudi Arabia. Call on Congress to approve funds for military action against that nation NOW! If a democratic Iraq makes us safer in the US, wouldn't a democratic Saudi Arabia do the same? Make up some stuff about an imminent threat from Saudi Arabia if you have to. Our future security, and many lucrative business contracts, depend on it.
PS: I just remembered the Saudi royals, brutal dictators though they may be, are close friends and business associates of the Bush Family. We won't hear a peep out of President Bush about any of this.