What's going on with our bezzy mates?

Discussion in 'Four Corners' started by bazza, Nov 10, 2017.

  1. bazza

    bazza Coach

    Joined:
    Aug 22, 2003
    Messages:
    16,236
    Likes Received:
    386
    Our close friends in Saudi Arabia seem to be getting up to some interesting stuff of late.
    Between bombing neighbouring countries with a slightly different religion they have also:

    - Arrested a number of princes and ministers as part of an 'anti-corruption'/power grab exercise (http://www.sbs.com.au/news/article/...ministers-and-tycoons-arrested-sweeping-purge)
    - Advised Saudi citizens to leave Lebanon after the Lebanese PM suddenly resigned/was kidnapped during a visit to Saudi Arabia (http://www.abc.net.au/news/2017-11-10/saudi-arabia-advises-its-citizens-to-leave-lebanon/9136322)

    Can any of the resident experts in Middle East politics please enlighten us to what is going on?
     
  2. Collateral

    Collateral Moderator Staff Member

    Joined:
    May 23, 2003
    Messages:
    13,197
    Likes Received:
    917
    Removing political rivals and consolidating power following his fathers death.

    His main rival just died in a plane crash too.

    #coincidence
     
  3. The Charlatan

    The Charlatan First Grade

    Joined:
    Feb 9, 2012
    Messages:
    9,418
    Likes Received:
    1,904
    It's all the terrorist monkey Sam Dastyari's fault.
     
  4. bazza

    bazza Coach

    Joined:
    Aug 22, 2003
    Messages:
    16,236
    Likes Received:
    386
    He is from Iran, so he could be next on our good friend's hit list
     
  5. The Charlatan

    The Charlatan First Grade

    Joined:
    Feb 9, 2012
    Messages:
    9,418
    Likes Received:
    1,904
    All da muzzies are da f**kin' same mayyyyyyte...
     
  6. DC_fan

    DC_fan Coach

    Joined:
    May 2, 2010
    Messages:
    10,310
    Likes Received:
    191
    It is called safe guarding ones position, and giving oneself more power
     
  7. Mr Angry

    Mr Angry Not a Referee

    Joined:
    May 23, 2003
    Messages:
    36,106
    Likes Received:
    681
    The new bloke is letting women drive. It is a start.
     
  8. Mogsheen Jadwat

    Mogsheen Jadwat Juniors

    Joined:
    Feb 26, 2015
    Messages:
    2,304
    Likes Received:
    294
    yeah ... it's difficult to tell how this will play out, but the immediate noise coming from him seems to be an agenda to modernize saudi arabia and doing away with extremism.

    I recall him saying something like why wait a generation to change this when we can just do it now?

    so, hopefully, they continue down this path, and letting women drive is obviously a step in the right direction.
     
  9. t-ba

    t-ba Coach

    Joined:
    Sep 20, 2003
    Messages:
    16,677
    Likes Received:
    588
    This doesn't at all sound like a massive PR effort to try and make him palatable to Western audiences whilst he continues the proud Saud family tradition of radicalizing other Sunni communities abroad and engaging and expanding the unceasing proxy war against Iran that is currently generating the biggest famine since Ethiopia and the largest Cholera epidemic on record.

    But jeez women can drive so I'm sure Beirut getting torn apart for the second time in 50 years because they have lost Syria, Iraq and Qatar in the last year to the Iranians is all good.

    Instead of praising this piece of shit we should be sending him to the f**king gallows.
     
    Mr Spock! likes this.
  10. Mogsheen Jadwat

    Mogsheen Jadwat Juniors

    Joined:
    Feb 26, 2015
    Messages:
    2,304
    Likes Received:
    294
    yeah i'm not an expert on middle eastern politics so I assumed there was a lot more to it.
     
  11. Game_Breaker

    Game_Breaker First Grade

    Joined:
    Jun 29, 2005
    Messages:
    5,597
    Likes Received:
    1,027
    The anti-corruption angle is hilarious. No one is buying it of course

    And summoning the Lebanese PM and forcing him to resign is a terrible move by them. The “my life is in danger” exuse is like the anti-corruption angle, you can see right through it. They wrote the press release

    Signs all point to desperation by the Saudis
     
    Mr Spock! likes this.
  12. bazza

    bazza Coach

    Joined:
    Aug 22, 2003
    Messages:
    16,236
    Likes Received:
    386
    Doesn't sound good
    I wonder what the response from the west (who like to spread freedom) will be
     
  13. Mr Angry

    Mr Angry Not a Referee

    Joined:
    May 23, 2003
    Messages:
    36,106
    Likes Received:
    681
    So the Iranians are the good guys?
     
  14. Surely

    Surely Moderator Staff Member

    Joined:
    Mar 25, 2004
    Messages:
    61,279
    Likes Received:
    1,847

    Crazy isn't it
     
  15. t-ba

    t-ba Coach

    Joined:
    Sep 20, 2003
    Messages:
    16,677
    Likes Received:
    588
    I am not quite sure I said that Iran are the good guys...it may be that there are no good guys, just different shades of black.

    ...Perhaps if the west took a nore nuanced view than the binary good/bad approach which has put us in bed with a regime whose national sect is the inspiration of the global jihad we could be doing a far sight better however.
     
    Mr Spock! likes this.
  16. East Coast Tiger

    East Coast Tiger Coach

    Joined:
    Oct 21, 2003
    Messages:
    13,806
    Likes Received:
    1,441
    Terrorism reaches new heights.
     
  17. The Charlatan

    The Charlatan First Grade

    Joined:
    Feb 9, 2012
    Messages:
    9,418
    Likes Received:
    1,904
    What is the go with the West backing Sunni regimes? Did they back that horse purely because there's more of them and they expected them to run roughshod over Iran, Iraq and other states with large percentages of Shia populations?
     
    Mr Spock! likes this.
  18. Danish

    Danish Referee

    Joined:
    Jan 21, 2005
    Messages:
    26,396
    Likes Received:
    1,618
    Hopefully saudi schools don't use demountable class rooms
     
  19. Bandwagon

    Bandwagon Coach

    Joined:
    Apr 3, 2013
    Messages:
    11,761
    Likes Received:
    1,776
    Saddam was Sunni. So i don't know that's altogether the case.
     
  20. DC_fan

    DC_fan Coach

    Joined:
    May 2, 2010
    Messages:
    10,310
    Likes Received:
    191
    Throughout history the West has moved from one side to the other,all dependent on what value they got from the relationship at the time. I have to say this about the West, they are very flexible
     

Share This Page