posted on May, 27 2005 @ 09:21 PM
The King, as some may have noted, does not rule the country. One of his sons is the effective ruler. However, its allways possible that his death
(eventually anyway) can result in a power struggle.
This is critical.
Many people, I think, do not realize the full extent to which international politics and things like 911 are simply an extension of domestic politics
within the Kingdom. The House is split between 'moderates' and 'pro-islamists'. Thats a huge simplification, but essentially there are factions
of the Saud family that are sympathetic to the hardliners, who recognize that they can be useful for them, and others that don't seem to want to rely
on them. The effective 'regent' is on the 'moderate' side, but other BTO's are on the islamist side. IF a Prince, sympathetic to the
Islamists, or dependant upon legitimatization from the Wahhabists comes to power, well, there will be big rammificiations on the global scene. All
this is unlikely, but, unlikely things have happened before.