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Ibn Saud had conquered most of the Arabian peninsula and consolidated it into one kingdom with the help of the fanatically religious Wahhabi Bedouins, who believed, among other things, that dying in battle was a ticket to paradise, that all images, from pictures to statues, had to be destroyed, that drinking and smoking and singing and dancing were sins punishable by whipping, and so forth.
originally posted by: Blackmarketeer
I'm sure ISIS is wondering who will fund them now... they just lost one of their benefactors. At least they still have the CIA and Mossad cutting them a check.
The civil war in Syria, whose Alawite regime Saudi Arabia's Sunny monarchy has long plotted against, and the prospect of a war with Shiite Iran over its reported drive to acquire nuclear weapons, preoccupy Riyadh while, Abdallah, Canute-like, strives to keep the democratic wave from breaking on its shores. Read more: www.upi.com...
His elevation to chief of Saudi Arabia's vast intelligence network, and the unlimited funds it controls, came only one day after the embattled Damascus regime was battered by the loss of four of President Bashar Assad's most important security chiefs in a bombing inside the heavily guarded national security headquarters. Read more: www.upi.com...
originally posted by: hutch622
a reply to: GLaDOS
A successor has been named . I see no reason for the Saudis not to continue down the well worn Wahhabi path .
originally posted by: ketsuko
a reply to: Nyiah
Talking about the lack of senior US Official presence at the Paris Rally where so many other world leaders were present.
Eric Holder could have done the duty. He was even in Paris at that moment, but we felt our ambassador was enough ...
But how many people want to bet Obama will find time on his "busy" golfing schedule to go to the funeral of the Saudi King?
originally posted by: zazzafrazz
There is nothing just, fair, modern, enlightened one can say about the Saudi Royal Family.
Sadly a revolution would mean more lunatics at the helm. Urgh, a less deserving people of oil wealth I couldn't think of.
Heres hoping we change our energy focus and send them back to the desert to dwell whence they came.
originally posted by: Yeahkeepwatchingme
a reply to: Nyiah
Many other world leaders went there too.
Do you seriously not know about the Charlie Hebdo incident and the rally afterwards or do you have an agenda here?