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kleinbl00  ·  1918 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: The Saudi crown prince just made a risky power play

Matt Damon, paraphrasing Rashid bin Saeed Al Maktoum: "My grandfather rode a camel, my father rode a camel, I drive a Mercedes, my son drives a Land Rover, his son will drive a Land Rover, but his son will ride a camel"

Depending on who you ask, Saudi Arabia hit peak oil production somewhere between 2000 and 2012. MBS is actively attempting to map a future without oil in a country that not only has nothing but oil, but isn't even hardly a country.

    Imagine if the Ku Klux Klan or Aryan Nation obtained total control of Texas and had at its disposal all the oil revenues, and used this money to establish a network of well-endowed schools and colleges all over Christendom peddling their particular brand of Christianity. This was what the Saudis have done with Wahhabism. The oil money has enabled them to spread this fanatical, destructive form of Islam all over the Muslim world and among Muslims in the West. Without oil and the creation of the Saudi kingdom, Wahhabism would have remained a lunatic fringe.

- Dore Gold

I think MBS is standing on top of the world's tallest Jenga tower fully knowing that it could topple at any minute, but knowing he'll never strengthen it without pulling out some tiles.

I don't even give it five years. Two on the outside.