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There are two quasi-medieval Islamic states in the Middle East making the headlines at the moment. Both have fairly similar initial histories and even closer ideological leanings. One however is a new-born (and possibly still-born) thing battling against an array of enemies while imposing its bloody rule on diverse and often impoverished communities across large swathes of the region. The other has existed in its presence form for over eighty years, secure in the affections of most “Western” nations thanks to its willingness to provide access – at a price – to vast quantities of petroleum reserves under its control.
“Saudi Arabia’s deceased King Abdullah, according to just about every obituary in major Western publications, was a reformer. The New York Times, Washington Post, BBC, and NPR all describe Abdullah as a ruler committed to reforming Saudi Arabia’s notoriously repressive practices. Sen. John McCain called Abdullah an advocate for peace; IMF head…
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