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Prince Salman's Euphomisms for Its Arch-Enemy, Iran & It's State/Government/Regime

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Submitted by Ludvikus (United States), Jan 15, 2015 at 16:39

Dear Daniel Pipes,

As usual, another informative article by you.

However, in this case, it seems to me that you may have overlooked Prince Salman's sub-text,

which makes his position and views a bit less progressive than you imply.

As you know, about 300 years ago, the Saudi family, and tribe, made a deal with their theocrats which would give them the reigns of governing the Arabs among their midst in the Saudi penisula. It is this deal which effectively established, for them, the separation of Mosque and State.

And now, since 4th quarter of the 20th century, they had to confront another oil-rich Muslim state,

which has a difference with them no less significant than the Catholic-Protestent divide

during the Protestant reformation! The Iranians - in their Revolution against the United States, which arguably saved them from Communism about 1953-4 - who ejected their Pahlevi Emperor, as un-Islamic.

I'm referring, obviously, not only the the ancient Sunni-Shia rivalry, but also to the revulsion that Iranian Islam has to the idea of being ruled by a secular individual such as a King or Emperor - or President, for that matter.

In this context, "deconstructing" Prince Salman's discourse seems a bit less progressive as it seems - much of his talk appears merely an attack on the Iranian Theoratic model - which obvious put a heavy weight of implicit illegitimacy on the Royal Saudi House - as illegitimate under Iran's view of Sharia.

In summary, Prince Salman is mostly defending his future Crown against the Iranian Islamist attack.

Submitting....

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Daniel Pipes replies:

That the prince reached the right conclusion matters more for more than the reasons why he did so.

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