Friday, June 24, 2011

Delta Goes Wahhabi

I can’t conceive of a reason why a Jew, or a Christian, or, for that matter, any other non-savage person of any other faith, should ever want to set foot in that horrific hellhole of child-selling, woman-enslaving, Jew-hating, anti-Western, dog-despising, Muttaween-driven misery that is the “kingdom” of Saudi Arabia—though I realize even the civilized practitioners of the “religion of peace,” no less than their bloody-handed brothers, are required to show up in Mecca at least once in their lifetimes to walk seven times around the Kaaba in a counter-clockwise direction, to throw stones at the Devil, to engage in animal sacrifice, and to perform the five additional rituals of the hajj. Still, what if a non-Muslim should for whatever reason wish to subject himself to the sights and sounds and strictures of the twelfth century? Who am I to gainsay that peculiar desire?

But I damn well can gainsay the decision by an American business to prostrate itself before the will of the doddering, Viagra-addled, decrepit old boy-buggering heart patients who hang by a thread from the Wahhabi hand to rule that vastness of sand and oil and downtrodden souls, as Delta Airlines has recently done in agreeing to ban Jews and people carrying Israeli passports from its flights to Jedda.

The story was reported yesterday by U.S. News and World Report, but has now been removed from the paper’s site; this is what now appears at the link:  

Airline code-sharing agreement causes confusion. CLARIFICATION: An early version of this story contained incomplete information and has been removed. For more details on this story go to USA TODAY's Faith & Reason blog.

At the Faith & Reason blog there is this amazing piece of self-justification by a Delta mouthpiece:

First and foremost, I think one of the most important things to mention here is that Delta does not discriminate nor do we condone discrimination against anyone in regards to age, race, nationality, religion, or gender.

That said, some have raised questions about whether Saudi Arabian Airlines’ membership in SkyTeam means Delta is adopting any type of policies that could present barriers to travel for some passengers, including Jewish customers. For this particular concern, it’s important to realize that visa requirements to enter any country are dictated by that nation’s government, not the airlines, and they apply to anyone entering the country regardless of whether it's by plane, bus or train.

We, like all international airlines, are required to comply with all applicable laws governing entry into every country we serve. You as passengers are responsible for obtaining the necessary travel documents, such as visas and certification of required vaccinations, and we’re responsible for making sure that you have the proper documentation before you board.

In other words, we here at Delta are in strict compliance with the standards of the Saudi Committee for the Promotion of Virtue and the Prevention of Vice, and happily so. As for you Jews, just sit in uncomplaining diversity alongside Arabs on our flights to Tel Aviv and say no more.

1 comment:

  1. I think you're doing the 12th century a huge disservice.

    Personally, I wish everyone going to The Kingdom had to fly Delta. Connecting through Atlanta. In fact, circling Atlanta 7 times counter-clockwise before landing and having your bags submitted to the tender mercies of handlers whose ancestors were sold to the Brits by Arab slavers appeals to my sense of "goes around, comes around."

    I will have my infidel revenge fantasies.