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Saudis Extradite Ben Ali?

February 20, 2011

Tunisians want Ben Ali’s head and the Saudis have it. If the Saudis protect this guy, they are giving more reason for their people to get more pissed. There is an interesting NYT article with a key quote from the first paragraph:

As pro-democracy uprisings spread across the Middle East, the rulers of Saudi Arabia — the region’s great bulwark of religious and political conservatism — are feeling increasingly isolated and concerned that the United States may no longer be a reliable backer, officials and diplomats say.

 

The Saudis have what the US needs, and push comes to shove we are going to have to start kissing their butts. You can bet that the Saudis are looking for some more “strategic partners”. Curiously, what if there is truth to the whole Wikileaks story of the Saudis oil reserves dwindling? They have to shake some trees and make some things happen, and soon.

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