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Thursday, March 31, 2011

Boethius

Zachary Khalil Khelah finds Philosophy extremely engaging, and so I dedicated this stanza to him.

O happy race of men
If love who rules the sky
Could rule your hearts as well

- The Consolation of Philosophy by Boethius (AD 480-524)


Thursday, March 10, 2011

A Revolution in Saudi Arabia?

Saudi Arabia, a police state with over 35,000 political prisoners, ruled by draconian Sharia, is still, largely, tribal and illiterate; their educational system is rooted in the seventh century - where school children are taught superstitions and lies -, and therefore, a revolution is a will-o'-the-wisp. Not only there is, still, plenty of money to buy obedience but also lots of sticks to scare the population. Another dimension is the mosque, which is loyal to the untouchable royal family. ... And most Saudis are devout Muslims and are opposed to the "filthy" Western ideals. The educated, liberal elite, sadly, doesn't have much support among many Saudis. The tribes are the key to any successful revolt against the house of Saud.

The house of Saud is doomed, but not yet - not in the foreseeable future. Things are bad in SA, but not THAT bad. People need to get hungry before a significant uprising sparks the fire of change. ...

Most people in the Central region, Northern region, Eastern region (except Shias), and Southern region are Beduins; and Beduins don't give a damn about democracy; Kabsa (a popular Saudi dish) is their main concern.

And so, we'll have to wait and see if the Saudis overcome their petition syndrome of kissing up to the king.