Skip to comments.Modernizers launch a coup within the House of Saud
Posted on 11/06/2017 7:10:17 AM PST by RoosterRedux
A coup is taking place within the House of Saud, in which a modernizing monarch is grabbing power and taking out rivals. Forces now under command of the ruler just arrested 11 princes among dozens of others and is launching financial investigations that could lead to serious punishment. In Saudi Arabia, they behead people (at least 157 times in 2015) and amputate a limb off of thieves. It is widely believed that baksheesh is not unknown in Saudi Arabian business circles, and an anti-corruption committee was recently formed. In other words, the tools are in place to take out any opposition among the powerful, within or outside the royal family.
Prince Miteb, son of the late King Abdullah, was removed from his post as head of the powerful National Guards.Thats the first thing you do in coup: grab control of the forces on the ground.
Billionaire Prince Alwaleed bin Talal was picked up at his desert camp, the senior official said. Authorities did not disclose the evidence that prompted the arrests.Prince Alwaleed bin Talal presides over a vast financial empire (estimated $35 billion in 2015):
Alwaleed is the largest individual shareholder of Citigroup, the second-largest voting shareholder in 21st Century Fox and owns a number of hotels. TIME even called him "Arabian Warren Buffet".*snip*
A big part of the modernization is entering closer relations with Israel, a natural mutual ally in resisting Iranian Shiites. Purportedly clandestine cooperation is widely in to be underway already.
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Some good info in comments at source.
“A big part of the modernization is entering closer relations with Israel”
That’ll make him some enemies.
Is it properly called a “coup” when it’s being executed by the monarch?
I think its more of a purge than a coup.
Now comes the purge of all opposing forces.
Either the Saudis reform or they collapse. The stark reality is that Islamic culture is not compatible with the values, institutions, and practices that constitute modernity. With modern travel, the internet and and communications change is inevitable. The barbaric jihadists at their core were bitter reactionaries unable to accept the changes that are inevitable. It would appear all that time the Saudi royals spend in the West and at Wesrern schools and universities has had some effect.
That country’s biggest challenge IMO is in getting their own people to actually WORK and PRODUCE something.
My daughter had to tutor some Saudi students in college.
She said they were all emotionally arrested at age 13.
Absolutely useless. You can’t run a country with people
It’s good to know that at least some of the Saudi Royals have the desire to take their country and their society out of the Dark Ages. The trouble is, any serious modernizing reformer is going to be up against Wahhabi clerics who wield more “soft power” in the form of public allegiance than any of the Royals could hope for.
I would consider that a “coup lite”, a kinder, gentler sort of coup. This would be a consolidation of that.
I'll see if I can find that article.
Now THERE is an understatement!
With, last I knew, about 15,000 royals in the House of Saud, I think they’re gonna need a bigger purge.
The former top White House adviser also pointed to the change in the Saudi monarchys line of succession to appoint Mohammed Bin Salman, the kings hawkish son, as an heir. The change sparked a crackdown in Saudi Arabia, with the government rounding up and detaining prominent clerics, regime critics, activists, and a journalist, according to the New York Times. Bannon appeared to approve of the crackdown.
If you look at Saudi Arabia, theyve had a pretty big fundamental change since the summit, he said. The deputy crown prince is now the crown prince. I think it was two weeks ago or three weeks ago, there were 1,000 clerics rounded up or put under house arrest or whatever.
Article title sucks. How can it be a coup when it is the Monarch conduction it?
You arrest the leaders and the followers get the message (particularly if you separate a few of the leaders’ bodies from their heads).
Local Reno NBC channel early this am had a ticker item:
Saudi Prince (s) in place crash....nothing else.
Anyone know what this is all about???
These people need to be purged from Saudi Arabia for there to be any hope of moving forward. Without the influence of these Wahhabi clerics, Saudi Arabia could have been like Jordan under King Hussein or Abdullah - a reliable ally rather than a breeding ground for radical Islamism posing as a Western ally when convenient.
Wasn’t there an attempted coup against the Royal house of Saud back in the 1970s? I remember hearing of rumors of military officers being executed by being forced to jump out of airplanes at 30,000 feet.
This is a jewish woman being welcomed to Saudi Arabia, sitting next to the Saudi king.
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