Friday May Shake the World


How Saudi Arabia's 'Day of Wrath' could affect us?


By: YOSEF TASTASSA  
Published: March 9th 2011
in News » World

King Abdullah bin Abdul-Aziz of Saudi Arabia

Riots in the Arab world

 

The riots that started in Tunisia two months ago spread like summer fire into Egypt, Libya, Algeria, Yemen and the rest of the Arab World. Ben-Ali escaped Tunisia, Mubarak is no longer the president of Egypt and as we speak Gaddafi is committing war crimes against his own people. The number of deaths in the North African state is increasing at a scary pace.

 

What do the Arab citizens want?

 

One of the most common mistake readers from western countries do is look at an oriental conflict through western binoculars. We tend to think that it's about the freedom of speech, poor economic conditions, aspirations for democracy and the urge to get rid of corrupted rulers that for decades steal the nation's wealth.

 

In many revolutions of the past, a democratic regime was not the alternative for the former tyrant. Usually it was just another tyrant that took over the seat of his predecessor. That is a fact that all must realize.

 

Who is Saudi Arabia?

 

It is not the biggest Arab state, and yet it is one of the most important in the Arab world. It has land that borders with Kuwait, the Emirates, Oman, Qatar, Yemen and Jordan. It is also the buffer between Africa and Asia as it has nautical borders with Iran, Eritrea, Sudan, Egypt, Jordan and finally, Israel.

 

Its huge size and its strategic location in the Middle-East aside, the fact that it is the largest oil manufacturer in the world makes Saudi Arabia the focus of the western world.

 

For decades Saudi Arabia was supported by the United States. It held the largest American base during the first Gulf war and it has backed the "Arab peace initiative" in which Israel is offered peace with all Arab and Muslim countries in exchange for territories that will be used to establishment a viable Palestinian state.

 

The Arabian Peninsula has been ruled for over a century by the Saud family, hence the name. Though considered moderate and open minded, we must remember that Islamic law is imposed in the country; no alcohol is allowed, Jews aren’t allowed, human rights are not a priority, and Osama bin-Laden, a son of a very famous Saudi business man, was raised under the Islamic philosophy of the country. Saudis were among the suicide attackers of the World Trade Centre on September 11th, 2001.

 

Once removing the tolerant and moderate Saudi mask, their religious philosophy looks very much like Iran’s. If the 100 year monarchy will fall like Mubarak’s fell and the extremists will get into power, the world may face chaos and huge political and economic instability.

 

The day of wrath

 

On Friday, March 11th 2011, the riots and wrath will be at the doors of the largest Arab Monarchy. Like it started in North Africa, citizens are expected to gather and to protest in the state's major cities. If the Friday riots will end peacefully then we can all sigh and feel relieved. However, if the riots will lose control, expand and escalate, we may see the beginning of another Arab revolution in Saudi Arabia.

 

Immediate consequences

 

The first to react will probably be the world markets. Just for comparison, Saudi Arabia manufactures 9 times more oil than Libya does. If the Libya effect brought oil prices to $105 per barrel, then the Saudi effect will bring oil prices to much higher zones. The US cannot afford the collapse of the Saudi regime and the world will probably face hectic diplomatic activity and even preparations for military intervention in the region.

 

Summary

 

Saudi Arabia is the world's largest oil manufacturer. The riots on Friday may be the beginning of a new Arab Revolution for which the results could shake the world economically and politically.



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