posted on Apr, 15 2011 @ 08:00 AM
One of the key differences between a legal-rational democratic government and an authoritarian regime is it's ability to inact physical force and
terror overtly upon its populace. These actions where the threat and use of physical force can be carried out by these regimes overtly but they still
must be discriminant enough to avoid outrage in the international community. Unlike Syria however Saudi Arabia has support from Western "democratic"
governments whose best interests would be to keep this repression out of the international community's eyes. What I am saying is that Saudi Arabia is
in a difinitive position, where it would be able to overtly and covertly carry out repression against dissidents with minimum reprecussion from the
international community. Therefor I believe that they could repress the opposition forces to such a manner where the same political turmoil you see in
Syria currently would not be evident. Western backed dictators have done it in Chile, Argentina, Uruguay, Brazil and one could say now Bahrain. I
doubt you would see Saudi Arabia fall into a crisis like Egypt, Libya or Syria.
However if the opposition forces were to be extremely large like Egypt(which they are not) the ability for Saudi Arabia to publicily repress peoples
would be impossible without backlash from the international community.
edit on 15-4-2011 by SpeachM1litant because: (no reason given)