First Lady Michelle Obama
1600 Pennsylvania Avenue
Dear Mrs. Obama As a mother of two beautiful daughters and the First Lady of this great nation where our rights and dignity of the individual are protected under the rule of law, you President Obama and Secretary Clinton are in a position to publicly refute the sentencing of a 14 years old Saudi school girl to 60 lashes in front of her school mates and sending her to prison for two months.
Our country has waged wars to protect Saudi Arabia, its autocratic ruling family and arbitrary judicial system and we still do. The Saudi government should know that America stands with the voiceless, marginalized and disenfranchised Saudi people, especially women.
I implore you, President Obama and Secretary Clinton to stand up for America’s empowering values and publicly condemn the sentencing of a Saudi school child to enduring hurt, nightmares, humiliation and degradation.
As the president said in his accepting speech in Nov. 4, 2008, “And to all those who have wondered if America's beacon still burns as bright: Tonight we proved once more that the true strength of our nation comes not from the might of our arms or the scale of our wealth, but from the enduring power of our ideals: democracy, liberty, opportunity and unyielding hope.”
Appeasing dictators will bring us down,
Ali H. Alyami, Ph. D.