Wednesday, June 02, 2004

Why Do Saudi Men Want to be Suicide Killers

A good piece in the International Herald Tribune answers the question like this.

For the great majority of young Saudi Arabian men, who are not rich, life is truly grim. Even speaking to young girls can, literally, produce a lashing, and they may not be able to afford a wife. They cannot enjoy a beer with friends in a pub or bar - there are none. They cannot go to a disco - there are none. They cannot go to a movie theater - there are none. They cannot go to a concert - there are none.

In addition, given Saudi Arabia's staggering birth rate and unemployment rate, they are unlikely to find a job.

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