It seems it's the season for lecturing Saudi women by their condescending western sisters. First, was the farcical Karen Hughs, who got more than she bargained for. Now, it's Cherie Blair, who, it seems, have learned from the Hughs' fiasco and is delivering a more "sensitive" message--advising Saudi women to be "patient."
If you are wondering why I'm critical of these "sisters" although I'm critical of Saudi society, I ask you to imagine the reverse: what if the wife of King Abdullah or his sister travels to the US or England, where American and British women are brought in front of her so she can tell them she really feels for them regarding the sexism of their society but advises them to be patient because one day they will arrive.
You don't like this?
Neither do I. I rest my case.
Oh, and it turns out that there is nothing in Saudi law that prevents women from getting a driving licence. The law is against the "driving" part. Thank you for the clarification, Mr. Minister of Information. It makes a huge difference. It means that Saudi women can drive any where they want in the world, but not in their own country. Humm. Makes sense.