posted on Apr, 24 2018 @ 12:13 PM
a reply to: Willtell
There's a major misunderstanding with your suggestion. He's not reforming Wahhabism; he's lessening the grip in Saudi Arabia of a specific extreme
branch of Wahhabism.
The House of Saud's been allied with Wahhabism since the 1700s. But it was only after the fake Madhi's 1979 armed occupation of the Grand Mosque in
Mecca that this specific branch of Wahhabism gained its current power throughout Saudi Arabia's circles of influence. The Saudi govt started appeasing
them w/more ultra strict religious measures ever since. The Crown Prince has even referred to this on several occasions, including the following from
just this month:
Saudi Crown Prince: Iran's Supreme Leader
'Makes Hitler Look Good'
“Before 1979 there were societal guardianship customs, but no guardianship laws in Saudi Arabia,” he said, referring to a hinge year in
Saudi history, in which the Iranian revolution, as well as an extremist Sunni siege of the Grand Mosque in Mecca, caused a conservative backlash in
the kingdom. “It doesn’t go back to the time of the Prophet Muhammad. In the 1960s women didn’t travel with male guardians. But it happens now,
and we want to move on it and figure out a way to treat this that doesn’t harm families and doesn’t harm the culture.”
From my understanding, the Saudi Arabian govt has been both suppressing and redirecting those extremists towards external conflicts. And of course,
there have been powerbrokers there who sympathize with them, control some of them, and/or use them as proxy soldiers. ETA: However, there have always
been others in both the govt and in the House of Saud who were weary of that branch, which is why I think they rejected Bin Laden's offer to have his
soldiers protect Saudi Arabia from Saddam and instead chose the West's troops in what we call Operation Desert Storm.
Either way, my point is that I'm firmly convinced that the Crown Prince and Saudi Arabia will still be Wahhabi dominated. That explains his continued
hatred of Shiites and his moves to attack Iran's allies in the region, including the Houthis in Yemen, Assad in Syria, and his abduction of Lebanon's
leader Hariri late last year because Hariri had allowed the Shiite group Hezbollah to be a part of his unity government. But at least he's trying to
revert Saudi Arabia back to the more moderate form of Wahhabism that it had before 1979, which explains the "progress" we're seeing there (I put it in
quotations because it's not really progress, it's just reverting back to what it previously was).
edit on 24-4-2018 by enlightenedservant
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