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#1 The wolrd is trying to figure out what happened to Bandar. Maybe dead ... or maybe in seclusion. But clearly what is at stake for the Saudi's - is there high level of vulnerability. The July 22 bombing demonstrates that their very best security can be penetrated and impoortant leaders taken down. The message is clear ... ANYBODY in the House of Saud can be targeted. That is obviously what is bothering them right now - they don't want their own nation to know how vulnerable its leaders are.
In addition, I fail to understand why Al Qaeda involvement should be dismissed so quickly. It does not require a "team" of AQ militants. It is very possible that a special operative from AQ was recruited to mastermoind this attack. Clearly, someone from AQ who is a Saudi citizen, knows Riyadh really well, and perhaps is familiar with high level personnel within the Gov't there - that person would make an ideal choice. Obviously this is just speculation, and only one possibility, but it has to be investigated. That's also why the Saudi's are quiet - they are looking for a mole, or an AQ figure who knows their Government really well.
Posted by Raider 2012-08-01 09:36||
#2 Perhaps the prince was involved in the plan and/or attack. How would anyone truly know where a spy's alligence is with at any given time.
Posted by airandee 2012-08-01 13:47||
#3 The bottom line; no one knows, because no one is talking.
That would rule out any involvement by the Obama administration.
Posted by SteveS 2012-08-01 14:06||
#4 The predominant version circulating in the Syrian capital is this was a white coup.
What is a white coup?
Posted by trailing wife 2012-08-01 14:36||
#5 White coup? I dunno, but it sounds racist.
Posted by SteveS 2012-08-01 15:29||
#6 A 'white coup' involves insiders; in this case within the royal family or the innermost workings of the Saudi government.
Rather dramatic, though. The usual way is for a member of the royal family to die in a car crash or on a camping trip.
Posted by Pappy 2012-08-01 18:31||
#7 Assad hasn't appeared on TV or in public for 2 weeks. I wouldn't bet on him being still alive or at liberty.
Posted by phil_b 2012-08-01 20:09||