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Submitted by G. Vishvas (Germany), Jun 8, 2007 at 15:45

Petroleum was neither created nor discovered, nor made useful by the muslims. Saudi Arabia and many other muslim countries have a lot of petroleum and they are taking money for it, although they have done no work for it.

It is because of this money that poor people from other nations and religions are going to Saudi Arabia, and they are being mistreated there. But they have to work there in order to feed their families etc. People are not going to Saudi Arabia because it is a good country or because islam is wonderful. It is just poverty, hunger, lack of money etc. that is driving them to go there and live there in spite of being mistreated. Fact is muslim countries where kuran (and shariah) becomes more and more important are the ones that are really backward, angry, frustrated, violent etc.

If Saudi Arabia has a low rate of crime then it has to with how crime is measured in Saudi Arabia. Is suppression of freedom of opinion not a crime, is forbidding changing religion from islam to other religion not a crime, is forbidding the public practice or mission of non-islamic religions not a crime, is the lack of voting rights not a crime, is giving lesser compensation to a non-muslim victim not a crime, is the death punishment not a crime ...

If you consider a broader defintion of crime, then you have more crime in Saudi Arabia. Crime and freedom have to be both taken into consideration. If crime is reduced by a drastic curtailing of freedoms then such a reduction cannot be compared with free societies. If we could quantitatively write an index "freedom-quantity divided by crime-quantity " (index I = F/C) then such an index is more suitable in comparing two different societies. The higher the index the better the society.

Mr. UnDrained you are a quite simplistic thinker ...

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