In Saudi Arabia, are afraid of the Arab Spring

The leadership of Saudi Arabia adopted a number of important decisions to strengthen the security of the Kingdom. In Riyadh, clearly worried that stimulated them as extremist trend of so-called "Arab revolutions" boomerang hit the CSA.

Deputy Defense Minister Khaled Bin Sultan KSA, speaking in February in Cairo at the Third pan-Arab forum on water issues, suddenly plunged into politics and said that "the Arab Spring turned into a devastating fall." 

The deputy minister said that throughout the Arab world are destructive processes that threaten the "inner unity" of Arab States, mentioning the Sudan, Iraq, where there is a "hidden split", as well as events in Syria and Yemen. This is his speech he tied for plans to build a dam in Ethiopia, which, they say, would "threaten the national security of the Sudan and the water."

This speech seems, in fact, reflects the growing concern in KSA about the prospects for the impact of high turbulence in the Arab world on the political stability of the Kingdom. Multiplying signs that a CSA taken comprehensive measures to prevent the events of the "Arab Spring" at home. Ministers in February of this year barred from traveling abroad except for "special occasions." Activated processes of "Saudization" in sectors of the economy, which is closely related to national security, such as it-sector. Foreign citizens who are not involved in critical industry sectors are beginning to be encouraged to leave the country. February 27 announced that Saudi Arabia deports all the "undocumented" people "invading" the territory of Yemen, KSA. The governor of the border with Yemen province of Asir Faisal Bin Khaled said that "the security of the citizens — the red line and no one can move her." According to the Ministry of Internal Affairs of Saudi Arabia, KSA border guards prevented the recent move to Saudi territory of more than a thousand people. In order to counter the influx of Yemenis in the Kingdom, Ministry of Internal Affairs to address it head Mohammed Bin Naif created the "Committee of high-level security."

This set of measures (far from complete) clearly indicates that the CSA has finally begun to realize that unpunished help extremists in other Arab countries could backfire himself and his kingdom absolutist and theocratic system of government. But the conclusions are half-hearted. Actively strengthen our security, but to completely abandon encourage extremists in Syria is not in a hurry. Yes, it is actively mask, the shift to the traditional CSA hidden for financial support to the opposition, but, as demonstrated by a conversation with Deputy Foreign Minister Prince Abdelaziz KSA walk away from the active influence on the Syrian opposition in order to induce her to enter into negotiations with Assad or his representatives.

The reasons are: support for opponents of the "odious regime", the fear of "losing face", the desire to keep the "al-Qaeda" and its affiliates with respect to the "far away" from the Kingdom of sites (Syria and Mali), anti-Shia and anti-Iranian foreign policy and charge shall, Finally, the high degree of dependence on U.S. policy.

The entire complex motives and reasons pushing hard to maintain CSA antiasadovskoy policy, even at the risk of their own safety, especially in the case of existing internal problems of the Syrian state.

If there is a change of course and then only after the death of King Abdullah, has a personal score to settle with Assad. In the meantime, will focus on self-protection.

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