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    Re: Gulf states send force to Bahrain following protests

    Quote Originally Posted by VanceMack View Post
    Not very likely...especially once you understand the rules in 'The Kingdom' (Bahrain basically exists for wealthy Arabs to romp and frolic outside of Allahs watchful eye). There isnt much room for democracy or rebellion and as long as the mullahs are paid off, there wont be a whole lot of religous activism there...everyone stays happy.
    There is some truth to that, and it's one of the reasons that I'm much less optimistic about oil-rich states like those on the Arabian Peninsula becoming true democracies than I am about, say, Egypt or Tunisia. It's the classic resource curse...all those petrodollars enable dictators to buy influence, or at least to buy enough military support to crush the protesters if necessary.
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    Re: Gulf states send force to Bahrain following protests

    Quote Originally Posted by Kandahar View Post
    There is some truth to that, and it's one of the reasons that I'm much less optimistic about oil-rich states like those on the Arabian Peninsula becoming true democracies than I am about, say, Egypt or Tunisia. It's the classic resource curse...all those petrodollars enable dictators to buy influence, or at least to buy enough military support to crush the protesters if necessary.
    yes...you CAN get an Amen...

    World of difference between the way Mubarek handled his demonstrations and the rest of the Arab countries. They learn quick!

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