One is a world power and a close ally of the United States. The other is a rogue extremist group that may be the worst thing since the Nazis. But beneath the surface, Saudi Arabia and the black-masked death cult Daesh aren’t all that different. Okay, Saudi Arabia -- we said it. Are you going to sue us now?
We're not the first to have made this comparison. Online, the idea that Saudi Arabia and Daesh are pretty similar went viral to the point where Saudi officials had to address it. In Feb. 2015, Interior Ministry spokesman Maj. Gen. Mansour al-Turki told NBC News that Daesh’s choice to behead people was “arbitrary” while Saudi Arabia’s was “a decision made by a court." Al-Turki said that "ISIS has no legitimate way to decide to decide to kill people," adding that "the difference is clear." But is it?