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« on: October 13, 2018, 03:58:57 am »

Frankly, I think we should nuke Mecca...but since we're not talking about a U.S citizen, maybe it isn't required yet.

Glad we're keeping a sense of perspective lol.

Basically the Sauds are relearning the lesson Europeans found out over the last few centuries: royals may be cute on stamps and the like, but massively increasing their executive role to lead a nation state is very much a gamble.

“nation” state

I don’t think there’s much in the way of Saudi nationalism. Bribes to tribal sheikhs and passive obedience to the royals as demanded by their puppet clerics don’t count imo. Nor does MBS’s cult of personality among the Young and the Restless of Saudi.
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« Reply #1 on: October 13, 2018, 04:06:51 am »

Anyway, this is what happens when a bunch of entrenched senile old leaders of a state die out and one of the last standing among these cedes his power to his just north of 30-year old son, who mocks the very notions of caution, compromise, or consensus.

Imagine if Chernenko was immediately replaced not by Gorbachev but by Putin - and Putin was far more reckless and overtly drunk on power - and you will begin to have a decent understanding of MBS.
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« Reply #2 on: October 17, 2018, 12:06:08 am »

Interesting....

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