Arabians must realize that the Saudi ruling amir who pushes hard against them is not something that has simply befallen them. They made him. They are making him. Much of him comes from the top down — from their parents, teachers, imams and intellectuals. It is trickle-down education that begins and ends with the idea that the amir is “good” for them.
The amir, in fact, is not good for Arabians because he obliterated their significance and made them feel that they are nothing but a bundle of faults and imperfections, and the amir alone is faultless and therefore merits emulation.
The effort of the amir to equate the Saudi system of government with the true Shura system represents a destructive assault on the Islamic Shura of government.
A well-placed Saudi official told me that Saudism is the backwater of the past, not the wave of the future. It hangs on, not because it excites the masses, but because a brutal dictatorship threatens the masses. It is time to send Saudism to the ash heap of history.