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Thursday, June 23, 2011

That Might Explain It

Reading this piece by Abraham Wagner at the Huffington Post on Saudi Arabia, I was struck by this passage:
Clearly change is coming, whether by death or revolution. King Fahd, never an enlightened or benevolent monarch, suffered a stroke in 1995 and has not been "dealing with a full deck" in years. His relatives and potential heirs aren't much better.
King Fahd, of course, died on August 1, 2005, so that might explain it. And King ‘Abdullah, who as Crown Prince pretty much ran things from 1995 to 2005, has been King for nearly six years. Always glad to see expert and up to the minute analysis of the Kingdom, especially when discussing it in the context of Arab Spring.

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