“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 purgeIt’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.