28 Aug '11, 9am

Saudi Arabia vs the Arab Spring #Syria #Egypt #Tunisia #Libya #Yemen #KSA

Saudi Arabia is widely perceived as leading the counter-revolution against the Arab Spring uprisings. In reality, the Kingdom's response is centred, as its foreign and domestic policy has long been, on "stability". The Saudis don't want anti-Saudi forces, including such enemies as Iran and Al Qaeda, to increase their influence in the Middle East. Some of the older Saudi leaders have seen this movie before. The nationalist revolutions of the 1950s and 1960s, inspired and galvanized by Gamel Nasser's Egypt, nearly toppled the House of Saud. Nonetheless, today's Saudi princes appear to recognise that something has genuinely changed in the Middle East: The younger generation of Arabs is no longer prepared to accept unaccountable, corrupt, and brutal governments. Saudi Arabia, a self-proclaimed bulwark of Islamic conservatism, where popular democracy has never been considered a...

Full article: http://www.todayonline.com/Commentary/EDC110828-0000432/S...

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