Saudi Arabia: Power, Legitimacy and Stability-1
- DR. ABDUL RUFF
From what has happened since Sept-11 f hoax, an impression has steadily been created that Saudi Arabia with it anti-Shiite agenda is a part of NATO conspiracy against Islam and Muslim nations. USA-UK terror twins and their secret allies like Israel could have jointly planed the Sept-11 to remove Taliban rule in post-Soviet era Afghanistan. Both USA and Saudi played havoc with the lives of Muslims by enacting one Osama as a Jihad leader to protect Saudi interests and oppose American unipolar intent.
Following the death of Prince Nayef bin Abdul-Aziz al-Saud, Saudi Arabia named 77-year-old half-brother of King Abdullah Prince Salman bin Abdul-Aziz al-Saud, the country’s military minister and, as crown prince, to succeed the 89-year-old monarch. Salman is the third crown prince in the last year. He too is in poor health, having suffered at least one stroke that left him bedridden for weeks and has undergone surgery on his back. Salman, the owner of a media empire, signed the largest-ever arms deal with the US, worth US$90 billion, up from the previously announced US$60 billion. The deal includes aircraft and ships to modernize its Eastern Fleet, headquartered at Jubail, in the oil-rich Shii’a-populated Eastern Province.
But this change in leadership portends no change in the House of Saud’s policies either at home or abroad, and there are broader concerns. Prince Nayef bin Albdul-Aziz al-Saud was the country’s de facto ruler, as King Abdullah himself has been in extremely poor health. Nayef, an arch conservative and brutal oppressor of the Kingdom’s Shiite population, was responsible for the country’s notorious internal security, and won praise from Washington for upholding the Pentagon agenda in the kingdom.
Indeed, the turnover of crown princes is even more rapid than that of the aging leadership of the former Soviet Union from 1982 to 1985. Abdullah created the Allegiance Council in 2006, made up of 34 princes, each representing a son of the founding King Abdul-Aziz, to decide the succession question. But it is nothing but a rubber stamp for his decisions. This has raised widespread fears about the stability of the Kingdom, one of Washington’s key allies in the oil- and gas-rich region, on whom it depends in its ongoing efforts to establish its unchallenged global hegemony. Riyadh, along with the other Gulf monarchies, provides the crucial Sunni axis against Shiite Iran and its allies: Syria,in Lebanon, and Iraq’s powerful Shiite parties, which the US views as a regional threat.
This medieval and venal monarchy maintains its grip on power by a system of brutal repression, including public executions, torture and detention without trial, and outlaws all public protests, strikes and expressions of dissent. This is combined with its championing of an extreme version of Sunni Islam, Wahhabism. Just last week, a man was executed for allegedly practicing witchcraft and committing adultery. Few apart from the ruling clique have derived much benefit from its oil wealth. According to official statistics, 11.6 percent of Saudi men are unemployed, but the real figure is several times higher. Young people under 30, who make up two thirds of the 26 million-strong population, are badly affected; 40 percent of 20- to 24-year-olds are unemployed. Even well-educated graduates cannot find work, marry or set up a home. Large numbers of women are excluded from the labor market, while women themselves live severely socially circumscribed lives.
USA, controlling literally every nation on earth, including Russia and China, also bullies Saudi Arabia on bogus "democracy” merits. Saudi regime is comprised entirely of family members. The House of Saud, the largest family business in the world, presides over the world’s leading oil producer and exporter, with the largest known reserves in the world. Hitherto, the succession has passed between the sons of the country’s founder, Abdul-Aziz, but their immediate successors and their families, believed to number 20,000, are themselves well into their 70s or middle-aged. Isolated from the broad mass of the population—there was an attempted assassination in 2009 of the counter-terrorism chief—the princes are embroiled in factional rivalries and divisions.
Saudi Arabia has functioned as the linchpin of social reaction during the mass protests that have shaken the Middle East. Its overarching aim is crush all protests before they spread to Saudi Arabia and other Gulf States, all of which face dissent—including from their own restive Shiite populations. It was for this reason that Riyadh sent its troops into neighboring Bahrain to suppress the Shiite revolt there in March last year and prop up the ruling Sunni dynasty. Its sectarianism also plays a crucial role in its bid for regional dominance against Iran, which includes fomenting religious strife in Syria and Lebanon, in which the House of Saud uses its guardianship of two of Islam’s three holy sites to bolster its claim to defend the Muslim faith. With the support of the other Gulf monarchies, it portrays its struggle against Iran as a religious conflict against “heretical” Shiites so as to preserve its eastern front and maintain its wealth. But this comes at a cost.
Generally, people support the dynasty rule taking into consideration the Holy sites. Oppositionists made up of Saudi Shiites while both reformists and Islamists have long called for an end to sectarian discrimination and more general political reforms. These demands, supported by American strategic nuts, have since expanded to include a withdrawal of Saudi forces from Bahrain and the release or retrial of nine Shiite political prisoners, incarcerated since 1996 on allegations of involvement in the bombing of Khobar Towers that killed 19 so-called US "servicemen". None of the evidence against them has ever been made public. The divide-and-rule policies of sectarianism and the brutal repression of the Shiites are the essential props of a monarch. Many argue that Saudi regime has no political legitimacy or broad popular support.
Saudi foreign policy is based on protecting the Holy sites and propagation of Islam but the rulers have failed in so far as the protecting Islam is concerned, leave alone its positive propagation. Saudi's secret deal with USA in NATO aggression of sovereign Afghanistan to remove the Taliban government on the pretext of Sept-11 hoax is awful and detrimental to propagation of Islam. Islam remains discredited while Saudi supports and funds the NATO wars.
Has any non-Muslim nation become an Islamic state at least by pronouncement during last years? No. How many non-Muslims have become Muslims at least for vote bank reasons? But whole lot of Muslims- both CIA agents and others, have become staunch anti-Islamic agents. Conversions are taking place only form Sunni into other branches for increasing the vote bank strength- and not promote and project Islamic faith in true spirits. None wants to practice true Islam and bulks of Muslims just follow the formalities. . . . .
Islam is losing its importance and Saudi should share the blame.
د. عبد راف
Dr. Abdul Ruff, Specialist on State Terrorism; Educationalist;Chancellor-Founder of Centor for International Affairs(CIA); Independent Analyst-columnist;Chronicler of Foreign occupations & Freedom movements(Palestine,Kashmir, Iraq, Afghanistan, Pakistan, Xinjiang, Chechnya, etc); Anti-Muslimism and anti-Islamism are more dangerous than "terrorism" Anti-Islamic forces & terrorists are using criminal elements for terrorizing the world and they in disguise are harming genuine interests of ordinary Muslims. Global media today, even in Muslim nations, are controlled by CIA & other anti-Islamic agencies. Former university Teacher;/website:abdulruff.wordpress.com/ email@example.com