June 28, 2017

This Week in Depositions

It would seem the recent roundly covered Saudi conflict with Qatar is a feint, a fight picked by the Saudis to deflect regional attention from a concomitant grab for power inside Saudia Arabia itself, by the current king's son, Mohammed bin Salman, who has stripped the standing crown prince, Mohammed bin Nayef, of the title and assumed it for himself. This most likely recapitulates moves made countless times in countless prior dynasties around the world, as one actor or another forces the issue. And so, yes, Mohammed bin Salman's acts are politically, a cliché. The grab for rule. This is how dynastic struggles play out, often enough. Regionally, everyone watches Qatar while this unfolds inside Saudi Arabia. Oh, monarchy.

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