Almost A Coup In Saudi Arabia

“A new Saudi anti-corruption body has detained 11 princes, four sitting ministers and dozens of former ministers, media reports say.
The detentions came hours after the new committee, headed by Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, was formed by royal decree.”
See Saudi princes among dozens detained in anti-corruption purge
It’s been many years since I lived in Saudi Arabia and things have moved glacially since, as Saudis like that, except for Sadaam or Iraq, The Arab Spring, and the ascent of Iran lately. A coup is usually the overthrow of a government or ruler. In this case, it’s “the establishemnt” that’s being shaken up by the current ruler.

This could be for good or evil. The Saudi regime was built on segments of the royals providing checks and balances to tyranny. This could turn out to plant a new evil tyrant or to plant a benevolent tyrant eliminating corruption, fighting evil and building an economy for the 21st century. We shall have to wait to see the fruit of this tree.

My preferences would be to have Saudi Arabia move more rapidly into the modern world and shun the Middle Ages. I’d like to see women on an equal footing legally. I’d like to see a little separation of Islam and state, perhaps even the rule of law instead of some religious men telling Saudis what is the meaning of life and death. I’d like to see normalization of relations with the neighbours. That will be hard, perhaps the icing on the cake, but it’s necessary if we are ever to have peace in the Middle East. I’d like to see Saudi Arabia normalize relations with Iran to the extent that’s possible. They are their own worst enemies, being divided and conquered by USA and Israel for example.

We shall see. A wave of public executions could be the leading edge of uncivil war and more terrorism. Accepting wider participation in a democratic government could be the leading edge of peace in our time. The Saudis will figure it out. They learned a lesson eventually from Al Qaida. They learned a lesson from Iraq. They’ve learned a lesson from their women, I hope. I figure it will take another generation of enlightenment to figure out what the lessons of Iran will be. Let’s hope Trump and his sycophants don’t get too closely involved.

About Robert Pogson

I am a retired teacher in Canada. I taught in the subject areas where I have worked for almost forty years: maths, physics, chemistry and computers. I love hunting, fishing, picking berries and mushrooms, too.
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7 Responses to Almost A Coup In Saudi Arabia

  1. Grece says:

    Fifi, obviously you are too dumb to comprehend my command of the word “Loonix” to represent Linux. Go back to your coloring books.

  2. oiaohm says:
    So Grece moron strikes again. Loonix is a distribution currently not maintained. Reason why is not maintained is there are no Loonix people. So here is Grece again talking about something that does not exist because he is a moron who name calls and does not do research and makes crap up.

  3. Grece says:

    It’s a good thing that people have choice.

    Stop the presses. Did you just say that Robert?

    So instead of Loonix, people have Microsoft or Apple to choose from. People are free to choose whatever operating system they like, but somehow you call that an evil monopoly.

  4. Grece wrote, “CNN is in the shitter”.

    That’s not true. It’s a good thing that people have choice. Fox is around 50% share but the total share is just a few million. Most don’t care that much about continuous news.

    Quoting TFA: “Fox News averaged 2.6 million total viewers, well ahead of MSNBC (1.6 million) and CNN (919,000). Among adults 25-54, the race was closer, with the networks finishing in the same order: Fox News (477,000), MSNBC (349,000) and CNN (325,000).”

  5. Grece says:

    CNN IS “fake news” Robert.

    Compared to October 2016, which featured heavy news viewership through the final weeks of the dramatic 2016 election, all the networks saw reduced viewership in prime time, with CNN experiencing the biggest drop, down 52% among total viewers.

    To add, CNN chief Jeff Zucker is on the out. As his feud with President Trump too personal and ridiculous.

    Then, last-week Wednesday, in the immediate aftermath of the worst Islamic terror attack in New York since 9/11, and for reasons only clear to him, CNN’s struggling afternoon anchor, Jake Tapper, decided that it was a smart idea to misinform his viewers about the meaning of Allahu Akbar, and do so in the most inappropriate way imaginable. To make matters worse, rather than apologize and correct the record, Tapper chose to have a public meltdown over criticism of his inaccurate reporting.

    So you see Robert, CNN is in the shitter.

  6. Grece wrote, “no one cares”.

    I think that’s “transference“, you know, where people assume others think and believe as they do or did as a child… It’s nonsense of course, but perfectly human. That’s why Trump believes CNN publishes Fake News, because he does all the time. That’s why Trump believes Putin is sincere, because of some childish notion Trump found down some rabbit-hole. That’s why Trump repeats lies so often he believes them.

    In fact, I care. That’s because I’m human. I’m a social being. I am less if others are brought down. I am more if others are lifted up. I fight against threats to humanity. Allowing damaged goods like Trump to have influence in the world is a threat to humanity. Fortunately, I am not alone and Trump will crash and burn sooner or later, probably sooner. Thanks to the like-minded madmen Trump has gathered around him, the end is near.

  7. Grece says:

    YAWN – no one cares Robert.

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