Thursday, May 5, 2011

SAUDI ARABIA - The dangers of policeman of the Gulf

Undoubtedly, the star Saudi lost much of its luster in the Arab world. In more than one country, people have turned the page and reject the influence exercised over Saudi Arabia's media, religion, economics and politics. She has lost ground in Lebanon, Palestine and Iraq, not to mention Egypt, which was nevertheless the cornerstone of its regional policy.

It thus pays the price of its foreign policy, which was to support repressive regimes against companies. On diets of breath and exhausted economies, she poured petrodollars, which made her the embodiment of such a reactionary policy that the Arab world had ever known. To compensate for its failures, it is now refocusing on its immediate neighborhood, namely the Gulf, with its mini-states and oil emirates.

To do this, it plays a part on the relationship [between the ruling families] and the tribal border overlaps the other on the fear inspired by the Iranian danger, real or fantasized. And, yes, it can prove the voices in these countries to call for help "big brother" against "Persian danger." Qatar, the UAE, Kuwait and Bahrain are political dwarfs.

They were unable to change their society to create a national consensus. They offer an avenue to foreign influence, and the Saudis may well not be a mouthful to reduce the status of provinces. Certainly, Qatar continues its policy of itching powder Saudis by providing support through its revolutions Arab television channel Al-Jazeera.

He does not fear his less powerful neighbor, which has already proven in the past that he could play on the tribal factor to destabilize it. In terms of Bahrain, it is weak not only politically but also economically [as largely devoid of oil]. That's why he was the first prey. Saudi Arabia intervenes directly, via the "Peninsula Shield" [military set up under a mutual assistance agreement between the six countries of the Gulf Cooperation Council].

Now, the Saudi military apparatus is deployed in the streets of Manama and in every village in the country to help crush the rebellion. Thus, the Saudi stranglehold on its smaller neighbor is done. In Kuwait, Riyadh involved in honing the hatred between Sunnis and Shiites. There are already seeing the beginnings of the crisis, as an escalation of sectarian discourse [Shiites] who passed through the media to sow seeds of discord and feed conspiracy theories Persian.

Yet the real danger to these small countries lies precisely in the religious ostracism. They have never been homogeneous. Instead, they are mosaics tribal, religious and ethnic groups. This is historically the commercial ports opened to the world and which the sailors were pushing up South Asia and on the coasts of Africa.

Diversity could be a chance to become shining examples of successful globalization. They may now undergo a process of homogenization through force. Saudi domination will indeed inevitably, the cultural and religious violence. This project of the Saudi Gulf Trust has a lot of risks. To preserve the thrones and keep them in a relationship of subordination, Riyadh will provoke sectarian strife, encourage tribalism, freeze any development policy and prevent the development of modern civil society.

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