You want to know the key to all the problems in the Middle East then look no further than the kingdom of Saudi Arabia…..
Think I am smoking some weird shit?
Let’s look at Islamic terrorism…..ther brand of Islam that these creeps follow is an extreme form of Islam…Wahhabism which originated in Saudi Arabia….let us jump on the “way back” machine to the 18th century……and the new prince of the year MbS is cited as the savior of the House of Saud from itself……
Wahhabism, cited as the official Saudi religious doctrine for which the country’s leadership has been so vehemently criticised and which MBS is looking to rebrand, is based on the teachings of Muhammad ibn Abd al-Wahhab (1703-1792).
Abd al-Wahhab was an Islamic scholar from the Nejd region of the Arabian Peninsula, an avid traveller and the author of The Book of Unity, which was rejected by most of his contemporaries in Mecca and Medina. Abd al-Wahhab preached returning to the Quran and the Hadith, rejected religious innovation (bidaa) and advocated eliminating practices (such as Sufi rites and veneration of saints) that are not grounded in the Quran. He even accused other Muslims of being infidels for following practices that were, in his opinion, un-Islamic and called for strict adherence to traditional Islamic law (sharia).
There was nothing new in Abd al-Wahhab’s teachings which were based on some old ideas and constituted a revival of the Hanbali doctrine in the most ultraconservative form. It was, however, his religious zeal that ultimately drove him close to the Saud family.
More reference into the marriage of the Sauds and Wahhab…..
The US has been drawing closer and closer to the kingdom for about 30 years….at the same time Americans are ignorant to the fact that Saudis made up the biggest ethnic group of the 9/11 terrorists……and the creeps in ISIS and Al-Qaeda are followers of this extreme form of Islam….and yet we keep them close as an ally……and now people are putting all their faith in the next and future king….MbS……
Liberalization but democracy will not be a thing of the future……
Saudi Arabia’s leadership is coming under growing pressure to address significant economic and demographic challenges so it can remain a stable, prosperous country. These include:
• Nearly 45 percent of the population (currently about 26 million) is under the age of 25.
• Although the official unemployment rate is less than 6 percent (private estimates are significantly higher), nearly one-third of young Saudis are unemployed.
• As demand for jobs grows, the traditional employers—the public sector and the energy sector—are increasingly incapable of providing opportunities.
• Young, urbanized Saudis are demanding reforms that will relax the country’s highly restrictive social climate, especially in regard to gender issues.
But in the long run the “new” Saudi is just the same as the “old” Saudi…..
For months, Saudi Arabia had been enjoying a public-relations windfall. Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, or MbS, the kingdom’s charismatic future leader, seduced the world with his vision for a new, modern nation. There have been live concerts, and cinemas are opening, with many more planned. Women can attend soccer games. Last September, MbS announced a bold promise to overturn the country’s ban on women driving, a change that is set to go into effect on June 24.Then, late on Friday, it all came crashing down: Reports emerged that the women activists who pressed for the policy change had been arrested and imprisoned. As of this morning, 13 are reported to have been arrested; most are women. Apart from the driving issue, they have campaigned against so-called guardianship rules which require Saudi women to receive permission from a male relative before making many life decisions, like traveling. One of those detained was Loujain al-Hathloul, who was photographed at the 2016 One Young World Summit with none other than Meghan Markle, who married Britain’s Prince Harry on Saturday.
The future looks like the kingdom is trying to become a player in Iraq once again……
Saudi Arabia is re-engaging with Iraq after nearly a quarter-century of broken ties. The rapprochement began in 2016, sharply accelerated in mid-2017 and stands to move even faster after Iraq’s general elections in May 2018, particularly if politicians open to reconnecting with Saudi Arabia succeed in forming a government. Riyadh’s strategy is to ride a wave of Iraqi national pride, reinvest economically and build relationships across ethnic and confessional lines. If its objective is to roll back Iran’s influence in Iraq, however, it will find that many Iraqis – even those who are critical of Iran’s overweening influence – view that as a red line, a way of turning their country back into an arena of regional combat. If it moves too fast and favours infusions of cash over carefully calibrated and targeted economic assistance, it will fuel rather than curb rampant corruption. And it will need to silence sectarian rhetoric to reach out across Iraq’s ethnic and religious spectrum.
I do not see this working…..the new Iraqi PM is of Shia sect and unless you have been asleep for 15 years Iran is Shai, Saudis are Sunni….and the two have been enemies since 8th AD……and now we think that an extreme sunni sect will become friends with the shia in Iraq, who now control the strings of government.
And there is the call for a palace coup in the kingdom by a royal…….MbS is seen as doing more damage than good to the royal family by members of the family……
A dissident Saudi prince has called on his uncles to depose King Salman and take over the country.
Prince Khaled bin Farhan made the appeal to Prince Ahmed bin Abdulaziz and Prince Muqrin bin Abdulaziz, saying that the damage being done to the Saudi royal family and the kingdom by Salman’s “irrational, erratic and stupid” rule had gone beyond the point of no-return.
In an interview with Middle East Eye, Prince Khaled, who was given political asylum in Germany in 2013, said that if Ahmed and Muqrin were to unite ranks then “99 percent of the members of the royal family, the security services and the army would stand behind them”.
Saudi may be a source of international intrigue in the coming months and years…..will be fascinating to watch this drama play out…..but no matter the outcome the one thin g that will not change…..the nature of the “royals”.