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The Middle East crisis
"Every person needs to take one day away. A day in which one consciously separates the past from the future. Jobs, family, employers, and friends can exist one day without any one of us, and if our egos permit us to confess, they could exist eternally in our absence.

Each person deserves a day away in which no problems are confronted, no solutions searched for. Each of us needs to withdraw from the cares which will not withdraw from us."......Maya Angelou

Not from my family and friends, I'd just taken a sabbatical leave from writing on politics owing to some religious engagements related to Imam Hussain (AS) and his Chehlum (40th day of the memory of his Martyrdom). I've no idea how many of my readers might have missed my blog. However, I'm not going to write on election politics till the results of Gujarat poll are declared.

Let us talk about international politics instead of national one.

Too much is happening in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia these days and no one knows how long the Father-Son brutal dictatorship would survive or what kind of future regime would emerge from the ashes of the present confusion. There has been a rounding gossip about King Salman's health and his probable Alzheimer's disease. Not long ago, they had another Crown Prince to the Saudi regime throne - Muhammad bin Nayef Al Saud. He has been replaced with inexperienced, untested and young Crown Prince, Mohammad bin Salman. Saudi Arabia, since King Salman took over the reins, is jumping from one dangerous crisis to another like the proverbial cat on hot bricks.

The new royals are waddling neck deep in the stormy Yemen, the poorest Arab state in the world. The world is blaming them for maiming and killing the sick and undernourished Yemeni children. The United Nations is under pressure from US and rich Arab states to exonerate KSA while many human right activist are drawing world attention to these heinous crimes. Saudi Arabian regime has threatened UN to cut its financial support if the world body moves further against the interests of Saudi regime.

Family rebellion that is simmering in the crucible is just one of the many problems for young prince. The bigger problem is Wahhabism and how to tackle this monster. It is a well known fact that the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL/Daesh) terrorist outfit has followed Wahhabism and they are, like Taleban, are Saudi regime's sanctioned preachers who practice Wahhabism. The United States State Department had estimated that over the past four decades Riyadh has invested more than $10bn into charitable foundations in an attempt to replace mainstream Islam with the harsher, intolerant Wahhabism.

However, as the whole world is tired of Wahhabi-Salafi Terrorism, the majority of mainstream Sunni and Shia Muslims worldwide are distancing itself from this obnoxious, violent and intolerant school of thought. More disagreement are emerging against Wahhabiyat all over the world including India. Many Muslims denounce it today. Al-Azhar University often denounced Wahhabism with terms such as "Superficial Faith".

To strengthen his grip over the young Saudis, the prince wants to relax the stricter leash of Saudi Religious Police ? Mutawwa Brigade. It would help him being the young generation to his side. However, the Wahhabiyat has a vise-like grip over its followers and they are many.

Unexpected, as it was but actually happened, Saudis are now at logger heads with another Wahhabi kingdom ? Qatar. Prince Mohammed had crafted a diplomatic campaign to isolate Qatar, saying Riyadh's erstwhile ally backs terrorism and cosies up to Iran. Qatar rejected the accusations and responded that it is being punished for straying from its neighbours' backing for authoritarian rulers. The campaign has divided Gulf Arab countries, who Washington regards as essential to its influence in the region. Qatar had incensed Riyadh by cheering Arab Spring uprisings against some autocratic Arab rulers.

To confront and neutralize the ever increasing influence of Iran in the Arab world, King Salman and Prince Mohammed had been working to build a Sunni coalition against Tehran and its allies. Prince Mohammed has also tried to open a new front in the proxy war with Iran by threatening Tehran's ally Hezbollah and its home country Lebanon.

The resignation on Saturday of the Saudi-allied Lebanese prime minister, Saad al-Hariri, announced from Riyadh, is the latest political turning point is Middle East politics. However, as Hariri's plane landed in Riyadh, there was no important royal was there to greet a prime minister. According to leaked news, his phone was confiscated, and the next day he was forced to resign as prime minister in a statement broadcast by a Saudi regime-owned TV channel in Saudi Arabia. Sources close to Hariri claimed that the prime minister - a long-time Saudi regime ally and son of late Prime Minister Rafik Hariri, who was assassinated in 2005 - had to go because he was unwilling to confront Hezbollah in Lebanan ? a bete noire of KSA's royals. The Saudi regime has dismissed suggestions that it forced Hariri to resign and says he is a free man.

It seems that the Saudi royals are engaged in an existential battle. The pundits of Arabia opine that the Saudis, while keeping Hariri under house arrest, are trying to orchestrate a change of leadership in Hariri's Future Movement (Tayyar Al-Mustaqbal) by installing his elder brother Bahaa, who was overlooked for the top job when their father was killed. The two have been at odds for years. With Lebanon's ominous return to the global headlines, is dark history about to repeat itself?

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