Saudi Arabia: Threats from the Inside and Outside

It is now the holy month of Ramadan when Muslims the world round are to fast from sun rise to sun set in addition to reflecting on their religion and their  life.  It is the time when Muslims are too not only reach out to those less fortunate but also to feel themselves the pangs of hunger and suffering.  It is also a time to cleanse and revitalize the body with the spirit of Ramadan.

However, at the same time that Ramadan is taking place, so are other changes both from within and outside of Saudi Arabia.  All military and defense personnel have been recalled from leave or training and called back to their duty stations.  Even expatriate workers in the medical sector have had their leaves cancelled and required to remain in the Kingdom.   

Why?  The answer is predominantly three-fold. Continuing demonstrations and uprisings are taking place in Saudi Arabia’s Eastern province.  These recent demonstrations have been larger and more organized than past demonstrations.  There is concern that groups will travel and continue these demonstrations in the streets of Riyadh.

Further bans have been placed on Iran and its ability to export oil.  Saudi Arabia increased its production to reduce oil prices and to prevent Iran from making as much revenue. Now, there are concerns that Iran might attempt to retaliate against Saudi Arabia.

Each year there are security concerns associated with Ramadan and the mass influx of pilgrims from around the world in to the Kingdom during the month of Ramadan.  This always places security forces and medical personnel in Saudi Arabia on alert.

Other indications which further substantiate the increased concerns in the Kingdom include placement of Saudi’s industrial sector (which includes oil production and storage facilities) were recently transferred to the jurisdiction of the Ministry of Interior.  It is now the Ministry of Interior responsible for the protection and security of this vital sector and resource.

Prince Muqrin bin Abdul-Aziz was the head of Saudi’s Intelligence agency until just a few short days ago.  He is now a special advisor to King Abdullah.  In Prince Muqrin’s place is Prince Bandar bin Sultan.  Prince Bandar is now both Secretary General of Saudi Arabia’s National Security Council and head of Saudi’s Intelligence Service.  

Saudi Arabia is not hesitating to make changes in regards to both sensitive positions and sensitive facilities in order to protect its national interests.


8 Responses

  1. In short, the country needs a coherent, thoughtful and creative technocrats who understand that things have changed and continue to do so. This means instead of continuing failed and outdated policies, new ones are needed that will prevent people from becoming desperate and convinced that only violent uprising can bring about political reforms where decisions are made by elected assemblies.

    Appointing Bandar and others like his brother-in-law and former head of intelligence, Turki Al-Faisal, are not good indications of better things to come for the Saudi people or the US for that matter. Stay tuned.

  2. Your mentioning the eastern province, made me think of this article one of my Saudi friends posted on Facebook today. It’s about the growing talk of freedom via social media since most Saudis still aren’t brave enough to speak of these things on the streets.

  3. Thanks. I think KSA must be very careful and take all necessary steps to stop miscief mongers trying to damage KSA and Two Holy MASAJIDS.
    May Allah prtect us from IBLEES> Aameen.

  4. I think the mischief mongers who have already damaged KSA and the two unholy sites are the Royals and their clerics. The sooner their ousted the better. Sooner or later it will happen.

  5. @Bigstick.
    Are you one of them?

  6. Funny, but maybe you are a sympathizer of the dictators and upholders of make believe to ensure enslavement. 🙂

  7. It’s laughable calling Iran and the Shi’ite protesters a threat when you have corrupt monarchs, businessmen, and extremist clerics while the economy is going down the drain and the environment in the land essentially completely ruined all because of them.

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