In a very rare move the US has joined Canada in criticizing Saudi Arabia, our strongest Middle East ally, by protesting the prison sentence and lashing of a 19 year old woman who was gang raped along with the man she was caught alone with. In the latest developments her lashing has been increased to 200 lashes because her lawyer filed an appeal claiming the rape victim's sentence was to harsh while her attackers sentences were to lenient.
A Saudi court on Tuesday more than doubled the number of lashes that a female rape victim was sentenced to last year after her lawyer appealed the original sentence. The decision, which many lawyers found shocking even by Saudi standards of justice, has provoked a rare public debate about the treatment of women here.
Our politics certainly creates some strange bedfellows