Riyadh, Saudi Arabia – In the wake of the diplomatic row over Canada’s support of political prisoners, Saudi Arabia continues to put out press releases and social media statements attacking Canada for its record on indigenous rights, women’s rights and political oppression. Its latest salvo: blasting Canada for selling arms to violent, autocratic regimes like Saudi Arabia.
“How dare Canada interfere with the domestic affairs of a sovereign state,” said spokesman for the Kingdom Salman Al-Ansari. “Especially when it is currently sending millions of dollars worth of military equipment to a regime that it knows will use the equipment to brutally crackdown on dissent and political opposition.”
“I mean, talk about hypocritical,” he added.
Sources inside the Kingdom say Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salmon is so furious over Canada’s meddling that he wasn’t able to enjoy watching the public crucifixion happening in the square. He sees the matter as an example of the ‘those who live in glass house’ parable, especially when one considers that Canada, for all its talk of human rights, is willing to send arms to a country that still crucifies people.
However Canada does not appear to be backing down from its position.
“Saudi Arabia can recall its diplomat and pull students as it wants. Nothing, and I mean nothing, will stop our country from issuing vague platitudes about human rights,” said foreign affairs Minister Freeland.
“Now if you’ll excuse me, I’m late for a meeting about selling machine guns to Robert Mugabe.”