THE COMING COLLAPSE OF SAUDI ARABIA?

Yesterday I blogged about the discovery of a method of detection of the zero point energy, or quantum vacuum flux. You'll recall that while there were elements within the scientific community rightly skeptical about the results of an experiment done at Germany's University of Konstanz, nonetheless there are reasons for some reserved enthusiasm. After all, if a means of detection of this energy can be confected, then this is, as I argued yesterday, a tiny but significant step in the technology tree to its utilization. And that, as I also suggested, would be the geopolitical, financial, and cultural game-changer. As I also suggested yesterday, imagine if some significant steps in this direction had already been taken in the black projects research world. Only the timing of such releases of technology would have to be carefully coordinated and then only when some sort of global monitoring or surveillance system were in place to prevent the development of such technologies in "unfavorable", i.e., weaponized directions.

The geopolitical earthquake that such developments would cause for repressive and fragile regimes like Iran or Saudi Arabia would be a death knell. But not to worry. The latter seems headed for a collapse under its own Wahhabist steam, according to this article shared by Mr. V.T.:

Why The Collapse Of Saudi Arabia Is Inevitable

THe analysis here is conventional: Saudi Arabia's problem is that it is an extraordarily fragile economy, based upon one thing: oil. It has nothing else to offer the world, culturally, economically, or in any other way. This fragility, as I suggested a few weeks ago, has perhaps put it on the "menu", and accounts for its increasing recklessness in the region. But there's something else going on here, and that occurs at the beginning of the article:

On Tuesday 22 September, Middle East Eye broke the story of a senior member of the Saudi royal family calling for a “change” in leadership to fend off the kingdom’s collapse.

In a letter circulated among Saudi princes, its author, a grandson of the late King Abdulaziz Ibn Saud, blamed incumbent King Salman for creating unprecedented problems that endangered the monarchy’s continued survival.

“We will not be able to stop the draining of money, the political adolescence, and the military risks unless we change the methods of decision making, even if that implied changing the king himself,” warned the letter.

Whether or not an internal royal coup is round the corner – and informed observers think such a prospect “fanciful” – the letter’s analysis of Saudi Arabia’s dire predicament is startlingly accurate.

Like many countries in the region before it, Saudi Arabia is on the brink of a perfect storm of interconnected challenges that, if history is anything to judge by, will be the monarchy’s undoing well within the next decade.

In other words, as I suggested recently, the fissures in the Saudi system are now becoming open cracks. The key phrase here is "political adolescence." In the brutal context of Wahhabism, what could this possibly mean? Or to put it differently, Saudi Arabia's problem isn't simply oil, it's its whole system, and everyone knows it, perhaps - just perhaps - even members of its own royal household. But the article's author, Dr. Nafeez Ahmed points out that this is a problem beyond merely the changing of factions:

Like many of its neighbours, such deep-rooted structural realities mean that Saudi Arabia is indeed on the brink of protracted state failure, a process likely to take-off in the next few years, becoming truly obvious well within a decade.

Sadly, those few members of the royal family who think they can save their kingdom from its inevitable demise by a bit of experimental regime-rotation are no less deluded than those they seek to remove.(emphasis added)

The structural realities, I am bold to suggest, are not merely economic, they are cultural and religious, and they symbolize the problem with the entire region and with the current policy of America's engagement with it. The train wreck of this engagement and backing of the most radical elements vs. the authoritarian secular leaders of the region have now resulted in a collapsing US position vis-a-vis its traditional European allies, and a determination on the part of Russia to make the war on Islamic terrorism real, and to end it. Well, at least, that's the story. But we need to remember Russia's tight relationship with Iran, and in turn, Iran's tight relationship with Hezzbollah and other such organizations. The point here, however, is that a Saudi collapse is going to have to be carefully managed. As Dr. Ahmed points out, the collapse is inevitable. But Saudi Arabia has, as most know, been a US ally for quite some time, notwithstanding its probable role in some aspects of the 9/11 massacres that launched this whole mess. it's that "managed collapse" that disturbs, for if this is handled in the usual unipolarist way, it will fail, and leave the USA in no better position vis-a-vis control of Saudi oil, than now. If, conversely, it becomes an "international project", the results could be equally catastrophic. If left alone and to themselves, an even more extreme regime might be the result, exporting that nation's other major export. A human tragedy is thus in the making, for no one is asking, or even considering, if the average Saudi wants to continue to live under a mediaeval barbarism, or worse, and in a regime were voices of moderation and reform are capital offense heresies, the picture looks bleak.

So as I suggested a few weeks ago, the recent moves from Riyadh toward Moscow are a manifestation of the same problems alluded to in the article. But my guess is, that while Mr. Putin may have been formally correct and cordial, that privately, he, Frau Merkel, M. Hollande, and perhaps even Mr. Obama and Mr. Netanyahu, and Mr. Xi, (and a few others), are quietly talking about how to serve the dish, without avoiding a food fight amongst themselves.

See you on the flip side...

 

 

15 thoughts on “THE COMING COLLAPSE OF SAUDI ARABIA?”

  1. Well they just locked up the king in the nuthouse, ahem hospital, due to “mental issues”. Supposedly Alzheimers but I’m willing to bet that he gave one stupid order too many and everyone around agreed “that’s it for him”.

  2. Why a sitting U.S. President would bow to a Saudi Royal is beyond my tolerance. If its power and world stature that commands a bow the Saudi royal should be crawling before the leader of the free world. They won’t go bust anytime soon unless Rothschild has sucked them into taking out a loan(or they bought a lot of those counterfeit bonds (derivatives) from Goldman Sachs) and is now busy refinancing the payments. I don’t see people making 15 million dollars a minute going broke(unless its a new york minute). Then again I don’t know what it cost to knock down the twin towers and blame it on … but then maybe they had to pay so they wouldn’t get the blame and….does the pentagon take outside contracts on its own…..uncle….(Sam?)

    1. Well, we could take a Farrellian (or Fittsian!) approach. While even the most blinkered “princes” or their advisors have cause for worry about the world – and especially the petrodollar-based – financial system, maybe the panic over there is due to other things. Like “computer glitches” cancelling billions and your favourite Swiss bank directors pretending they have never seen you before. Since the beginning the oil industry has prospered on “kickbacks”, and this means “unofficial” channels and all the usual culprits including the Breakaway Civilization (or Civilizations). If we hypothesize that a shift away from oil is on the cards in the reasonably foreseeable future, this means that (apart from using the desert to receive all those Japanese microwaves from the Moon…) the peninsula would basically go back to its pre-oil role as a place of pilgrimage. Unless the people there actually put some resources back into the land to “make the desert flower” instead of leaving a heritage of oil-blackened sand.

      1. “Unless the people there actually put some resources back into the land to ‘make the desert flower’ instead of leaving a heritage of oil-blackened sand.”

        Yep, I have often wondered what Saudi Arabia would look like with, say, a thousand mega salt-water-desalinization plants rather than fleets of warplanes and tanks. The fact that they can pump oil to produce gasoline at $2/gal shows how much pure profit was/is built into the system. Then, it comes down to how you ‘invest’ it. Non-caring for the land really shows the character of the people on top…

  3. According to latest reports the Saudi king has been “hospitalized for dementia”. I don’t think there is much enthusiasm to occupy such a risky throne. Though who knows, maybe there will be a comeback for the more “progressive” Hashemite clan…

  4. Off Topic:
    Me thinks this weeks vid chat is going to be “TOTALLY GEOPOLITICAL”, I mean what else is going on ???????????

  5. I do not think anyone cares or even needs Saudi’s oil anyone. Between Russia that has more oil than God, Iran now joining the chessboard and the often ignored Angola oil fields in which China has a substantial share holding, and Angola is the second biggest producer of oil second to Russia, Saudi Arabia comes in third, Saudi Arabia is fast becoming a non entity. Hence the drop in the oil price, if they want to sell to China then they have to sell on China’s terms, because China has their own supply in Angola. Which was a rather nice little geopolitical chess move pulling the rug out from under one of the major funders of the Wahhabi extremists, the Muslim Brotherhood and ISIS. Put this together with oil deals no longer done in the petro dollar which has funded these Royals and their medievil mentality, and that puts paid to the planned Wahhabi Caliphate in the middle east. Very nice chess move Putin and Xi Ping! And not a shot fired. The Arab Spring cometh to Suadi Arabia and not a day too soon. Women will be lining up to get their driver’s licences in no time at all!

  6. Robert Barricklow

    Looks like the Saudis arte getting wise to the game afoot
    and thus are loosing their puppet-in-place status.
    Time for a new set of puppets to be put in their stead under new cover.
    Same game; different faces.

  7. As soon as the news broke about the Rockefeller (Rockenfelder) trusts getting out of oil, I knew “that” was the harbinger of big changes. And so it has turned out…

    (The big question since then is whether the move was due to short-term or long-term strategies. Russia’s main foreign income generator is oil. Did they have ‘insider information’ about the attempt to bankrupt Russia through halving world oil prices? Or, was it a statement about new energy sources inevitably coming onto the scene?)

    Saudi Arabia (Clan Saud) was obviously the ‘center’ of the price collapse, being the dominant producer in the region. Scuttlebutt is that this ‘approach’ followed a meeting of Sec. Kerry with Saudi primes. Apparently, Saudi Arabia was supposed to ‘eat’ the loss, perhaps softened by other dealings.

    However, the loss of this much income has to impact social services. If these are seriously cut-back, this will lead to social unrest. A perfect breeding-ground for another “Arab Spring”, whether legitimate or bought. Perhaps, this is why ‘alarm bells’ are ringing within Clan Saud…

    In the longer term, Clan Saud’s sole reliance on oil reminds me of the ancient Sabaean kingdom in Yemen (which may be the ancient ‘Sheba’ of biblical fame). The Sabaeans built great irrigation works, such as the Ma’rib dams. The magnificent Ma’rib Dam was the major water-source for the kingdom for more than a thousand years, enabling an agrarian culture in a semi-desert. The Dam’s collapse in 575 CE doomed the kingdom to slow extinction.

    As their area runs out of oil, the Saudi culture may suffer the same ‘return to the desert’…

  8. You have to wonder when you read about Saudia Arabian princes crashing Lamborghini super cars in London, and whooping it up at the elite bars and restaurants. With their sharia law and beheadings, and all of the so called “Royal” family dressed in stark white, it seems that the Koran gets a “pass” a lot of the time. They might drive Rolls Royce’s NOW, but down the yellow brick road, they may have to re-learn how to ride a camel, reap what you sow !!!!!!!!!!!!!

  9. marcos anthony toledo

    The Saud’s will like the Turkish Sultanate Barbary Pirates will be put in cold storage. To be release in some future when their services are needed again by TPTB to enslave us again after all they are part of that ancient corporation Barbarians R Us.

  10. If the declining fortunes of the House of Saud presages the coming of ZPE, then things are definitely about to change. It would make sense the big players would be allowed to off load their real assets before a major energy break through is announced. It appears to be part of yet another “pump and dump”. Where insider info drives everything. Note: however, when ZPE / OU are allowed to make the scene, there will be cries from us that know, how old that technology really is.. And how many inventors were killed / lives were ruined due to PTB greed.

  11. “THE COMING COLLAPSE OF SAUDI ARABIA?”

    We can only hope so.

    Speaking of “adoloescent” :

    *The first Saudi minister of defense died of acute alcohol poisoning in 1951. Strange way for a “Muslim” to die, no?

    *When FDR hosted Ibn Saud on the USS Quincy in ’45 at the end of the war and made the original deal with the devil that all subsequent POTUSes have doubled down upon (none more avidly than the Bush Crime Syndicate [TM]), the Saudis would not take interior quarters but instead set up tents on the aft deck and slaughtered sheep and cooked their meals by making fires right on the teak planks. The ship had to be refitted as the whole area had been charred.

    So this is their mentality. Look at their repressive society, Look at what they are doing in Yemen. Look at their unholy alliance with Israel and the complicity in 911. They are simply ghastly.

    Question is, though, who will replace them? Another failed state? Would it be worse than they are? Could it be?

    1. who will replace them?…who created them could replace them with another creation? Perhaps this creation has been planned and kept secret for centuries.

      thinking outside of the box …. they do circle around a box during prayer at mecca.
      box cutters, twin towers, dna,….a new way of thinking?

      1. Well, as the Riyadh regime goes the way of the dodo there are undoubtedly people with varying and probably kooky millenaristic agendas setting their eyes on the Arabian peninsula. But as new energy systems make their way into world societies, the accompanying changes in overall human awareness could as it were de-energize those earlier patterns of self-defeating fanatacism.

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