SA isn't perfect, but its better than the alternatives.
Then it comes to woman, that yes they of 2015 will be able to vote in local election. But is that really a big triumph for woman? That the only other country that have elections for only men is the Vatican city. At the same time after 40 years of close ties to USA, woman in Saudi Arabia are not for example allowed to drive a car, be in a public place without a male chaperone, go for a swim or even buy a barbie doll. That life can even be better for woman in Iran. For example in Iran you even have woman racing drivers. In Saudi Arabia you probably would get wiped only thinking of that idea.
Eleven things women in Saudi Arabia can't do | News | The Week UK
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Also it can be hard to have an organized moderate opposition in Saudi Arabia, then any attempt to question the fundamentalist brainwash of the regime is met with the whip and imprisonment. Even if you have some brave souls like the blogger. The risk are instead that you end up with people believing so much in the fundamelist brainwash that the strongly object to fact that Saudi Arabia is protected by "American infidels". Like for example Osama bin Ladin that used his share of his Saudi familly fortune to declare holy war against the USA.
Also Saudi Arabia is not only content with Saudi Arabia being a fundamentalist country. That they also use the oil money to spread fundamentalist islamic beliefs around the world.
Analyses - Madrassas | PBS - Saudi Time Bomb? | FRONTLINE | PBS
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Also if you look at context you have in the islamic part of the world a fight and debate between moderates and fundamentalist muslims. Their SA is strenghteing and supporting the fundamentalist all around the world.
I have no love for SA, but they are walking a VERY fine line right now-get too friendly to the west and perhaps they will be overtaken by ISIS. Crack down on ISIS too hard and perhaps the same will happen.
I expect their foreign policy to hold steady, and internally a security crackdown will continue.
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Lets be realistic about SA, what it is and why we support calm there. What it is, is a nation which produces 1o million barrels of oil a day in a world that uses about 85 million. It is a nation that is sitting on a wealth fund of about $900 billion, so where and what they invest in matters to the world economy. So in a word they are POWERFUL well beyond the size of their people or the might of their military.
They can allow the world to be flooded with oil as they are doing now, knocking the price in more than half, or they can cut off the spigot and sent the price skyrocketing as they did in the 70's.
So they have to be dealt with very carefully, even if they are key exporters of the strain of religion that causes terrorism.
As they say money talks and B.S. walks.