1001 Arabian nightmares
Saudi Arabia faces uncertainties that were unimaginable until a short time ago. Israel beware.
These are perilous times for the desert kingdom, which sees itself as the very center of Sunni Islam, which for Sunnis is the only true Islam. It is facing a highly complex and dangerous confluence of circumstances that would have seemed most unlikely even a short time ago.
Internally, the regime is facing growing demands for emancipation by women and modernization by the Saudi youth, as well as resistance from Asian and African "guest workers" who are being sent back to their home countries. In addition, within the Saudi royal clan open fissures have developed between those actively scornful of the United States, the Saudi's traditional allies and protectors, and those who prefer a softer approach hoping for a change in the American attitude.