I was referring to the increasingly tenuous position of the house of Saud and SA's influence and position within the arab world.
Egypt was the center of arab influence for a couple thousand years.
For a short time, SA overtook them due to their wealth, wahabbi revivalism coupled with their control of mecca, and Nassar's death followed by Sadat's "betrayal" of signing a peace treaty with Israel.
The house of Saud while showering its people with largesse, can ill afford the whiffs of democracy in SA that are sweeping the rest of the arab world.
The thousands of priveledged princes and sheiks who arrogantly lord it over the common people, the enormous number of foreign workers required to support the regime and the basic economic structures makes the entire regime vulnerable.
It has been interesting to observe how low a profile they are trying to maintain thru all of this political turmoil in their brother muslim lands.