Can’t expect anything to change rapidly in saudi arabia. The house of sauds know only too well where the real source of their power lies, and its not in Jiddah or Riyadh. Whether the new prince hates Iran or likes Iraq is not a matter to be considered. What matters is whether he can please his master efficiently or not.
The most important job for the prince now will be to keep his countrymen away from the Arab awakening. His royal highness must first ensure that saudis remain politically thoughtless and intellectually void about the need for removing puppet dictators. The Arab Spring must not be allowed entry into the kingdom.
But the prince will have one hell of a time freezing the winds of change from entering his country. Once Assad is gone, Sauds will probably be next in line. Their wishful thinking will hardly change anything in the natural course of civilization, which always looks for a better solution.
For the short while, the revolutions seem to be coming under heavy threats. Muslim Brotherhood was dislodged from the parliament giving the military and Mubarak’s ex prime minister an upper hand which could very welll mummify the revolution. In Syria, the Assad regime looks all set to bulldoze its way out of the Arab Spring. They killed 14,000 people already and there is no sign of any letting up. Saudis could use these quick failures to show the needlessness of such foolish behaviours.
The house of sauds can as always fall back upon the religious establishment to help them inject the medicine of inaction into the population. Their extremist official wahabist sect will use religious verdicts to support the government against public demands. Due to their respectable positions in masjids and scholarly institutions shaykhs will be obeyed and their comments will be the last word in the socio-religious-cultural life. Religion plus state controlled media has helped the Mukhabarat based governments in the muslim world to control the sentiments and emotions of the people. The age of Mukhabarat may have survived the minister but it may not be able to survive another spring.