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  •  The House of Saud is concerned about one thing ... (4+ / 0-)
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    ... maintaining oil prices at high levels, and retaining their grip on power in their own land.  Okay, that's two things.  They don't care if the rest of the Middle East burns to bare sand, people and all -- compassion is not integral to their philosophy.

    Romae in die non combureretur.

    by Not A Bot on Fri Aug 30, 2013 at 10:21:18 PM PDT

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    •  That's the Reason (0+ / 0-)

      Saudi Arabia's airforce bombing Syria's military would drive oil prices even higher than they've been on speculation the US would do it. And of course stopping a chemical war on their Sunni sect by a proxy for their existential enemies in Iran (which has SA surrounded, by Iran + Syria) means retaining their power grip, not to mention having the "policeman" role there that could put down the jihadists among the rebels that threaten the Sauds next.

      No compassion required, nor expected. It is precisely the Saudi military that fits this bill, if any does.

      "When the going gets weird, the weird turn pro." - HST

      by DocGonzo on Sat Aug 31, 2013 at 09:18:21 AM PDT

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