Is the Sunni Saudi Kingdom Next? - Joel Brinkley

(World Affairs) - Every nation bordering Syria - Iraq, Jordan, Lebanon, Israel, Turkey -is being drawn into the conflict there. The leaders in these countries are worried, to say the least. But why is Saudi Arabia in a panic? Hundreds if not thousands of Saudis are pouring into Syria to fight with one or another of the factions trying to unseat Syrian President Bashar al-Assad. And that has Saudi leaders terrified. King Abdullah warned Saudis to stay out of the fighting to no good effect. Why are they so concerned? Well, all of them remember well what happened almost 10 years ago when thousands of Saudis joined the jihads against the United States in Iraq and Afghanistan and then came back and turned their weapons on Saudis and foreigners who lived there. Hundreds died.

2013-06-10 00:00:00

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