The Inevitable Change in Saudi

Tomorrow is Friday and unlike all other days, the Saudi government is having a hard time sleeping tonight. Will people really protest tomorrow despite all the warning and fatwa of banning it? and will Saudi government uses the voilience against the protesters? We will know after 12 hours from now. So stay tuned!

We are in a time when military weapon are useless. If you shoot a gun fire on  a person, you get shot by hundreds of tweets that are capable of destroying your existence. Everyone knows that Saudi Arabis is ranked among the top spenders on defense military. According to IISS, Saudi government spends more than 10% of its GDP on defense, an amount that is considered to be double the proportion spent by USA. Saudi has never been in war, and doesn’t receive any big threats from our close neighbors, so why all this huge spending? We don’t know!

I have heard that in psychology, if desperation gets higher than fear, then people will do anything, steal! kill! and even protest! “When there is nothing to lose, you have everything” and Saudi young men and women aren’t just frustrated, they are miserably despair. Everyone I have talked with here is complaining. They complain about the bad infrastructure of the cities and the roads, the absent of civil society and freedom, the bad education system, women rights and finally the corruption.

Now every rational person who has  taken a basic math in his elementary school will know that Saudi Arabia considering its rich oil resources can be the top country in education, cities’ infrastructure, tourism, and almost everything else. We can build huge industrial cities like Dubai and New York, build metros and trains and create million of jobs by attracting Saudi investors to invest in their country instead of taking their investment abroad.

Change is inevitable whether now or five years from now and I hope that my government would hear from its people before it is too late! There is no guarantee in the future. The past events in Middle East have already proven that.


15 thoughts on “The Inevitable Change in Saudi

  1. James Freemon

    I spent many years deploying to your country as a USAF officer with AWACS, and later as a contractor training RSAF officers to run the country’s air defense system. During my time living in the kingdom as a contractor, I got the distinct impression that the government of Saudi Arabia focused more inwards to find its enemies, rather than outwards.

  2. May Allah keep us all safe and if there is going to be demonstrations, may they start peaceful and end peacefully. Murtadha, I’m rarely on Twitter…do you have a Facebook page?

  3. Mary

    Thank you for your post. I have a question you might be able to answer.
    I visited bahrain last year and travelled to Saudi many times and I must say I did like it, the nature of the desert is facinating, but what puzzles me is this, does the mojority of the people expect the government to do everything for them, I noticed many ppl abuse the beauty of the land throwing trash as they drive by, litter the parks with trash, not polite, there is free education, hospitilisation, no taxes, gifts of lands, low interst loans, things that we die to get here in the west.
    I studied Islam and I find it a facinating religion and I am convinced that over 3/4 of the polpulation in that region does not understand the religion.
    Is opperssion the reason behind all the unhappiness and do the foreingers in the region have taken all the jobs of the locals, can the locals take charge if hey are given a chance. ??? there are so many questions.
    I talked to many while I was there, so many of them care less of what happens as long as they have a house and food.
    Is there a book to read to make it easire to understand what is really happening over there.
    sorry my msge is long

  4. Shenee' Pecora

    Wow, this post was very passionate. I have been following the news closely on the events unfolding, it has me on the edge of my seat with my jaw dropped.

  5. Kristin

    Thank you for your impassioned postings. May today bring Saudi Arabia one step closer to freedom, and may it happen peacefully.

  6. طلال

    قبل فوات الأوان) أخوي أتمنى عدم المبالغة بقدر الأمكان و أنا أدري أنه شي صعب عليك)

    كلنا نتمنا التغيير بس بالحوار و المناصحة ليسى بلقوه أو بـ الأعتصامات

    أنتم يا الشيعة والله ما خذين حقكم و زيادة شوف أخواننا السنة في أيران

    أنتم في الوظائف زينا في التعليم في القروض في كل شي زينا إلي تشتكون منه حنا نشتكي منه

    وش إلي ناقصكم

    و الغريب بالعربي تكتب غزل و بالأنجليزي تكتب سياسة

  7. For fair discussion, I will translate the comment above from Talal:

    He Said
    “(Before it is too late!) Brother I hope that you stop exaggerating as possible as you can and I know this something difficult for you.
    We all would like change, but by dialogue not by force and protest.
    You Shia have gotten your rights and more, in comparison to Sunni in Iran.
    You have jobs opportunities and you get education and loans, the same as we all get in everything.
    What you complain about is the same thing that we complain about.
    I was surprised that you write about in Love in Arabic and about Politics in English!!”
    The end of Talal’s comment.

    Well, Thank you Talal for you comment. I will reply to your comment and the reader’s comment as well soon.

  8. Thanks for translating Talal’s comment. I didn’t think your post was sectarian at all. You didn’t say “we Shias want this…” but were very inclusive – you mentioned Saudis…not a particular segment of society (except maybe saying women’s rights). I always find you fair and not playing any victim card. It’s clear to me you want freedom for all and are not trying to make it a Sunni v. Shia conflict within your country. Talal’s comment comparing your situation as better than Sunnis in Iran is unfortunate. Just because one country treats its minorities one way, it’s some sort of justification for another country to do the same to its own minorities?

  9. Zoulfa

    الأخ طلال،
    تقول ” أنتم في الوظائف زينا في التعليم في القروض في كل شي زينا إلي تشتكون منه حنا نشتكي منه… وش إلي ناقصكم”
    جوابي هو أنه الي ناقصهم هو نفس اللي ناقصك لأنك تقول في البداية أنه ” إلي تشتكون منه حنا نشتكي منه” . ثم يتكرر التناقض مرة أخرى فتقول ” أنتم يا الشيعة والله ما خذين حقكم و زيادة ” ولكن ألم تقل أن الكل يشتكي. هل من المعقول ياأخي طلال أنك لا تستطيع الموازنة حتى في كتابة سطرين تعليق.
    وأنا هنا أعتقد أن ردك كان يمتلئ تناقضاً لأنك تتحدث من منطلق ” أنا سني، وأنت شيعي” أو أسوأ ” أنا سعودي، وأنت شيعي” ، بينما الأخ مرتضى كان يتكلم من منطلق واعي وهو ” أنا وأنتم سعوديين”.
    أخي طلال إحتراماً للأخ مرتضى الذي لم يفتح بابا لمشاكل العنصرية بين السنة والشيعية ، فإنني لن أدخل في تفاصيل وذكريات الجامعة حينما كنا نتعنصر على أخواتنا الطالبات السعوديات الشيعيات… ونعزل أنفسنا من أخواتنا السعوديات السود.
    ولكني سأكتفي بالقول بأنه لا والله والله ياما ظلمنا الشيعة، وياما ظلمنا السود، وياما ظلمنا الحجازين، وياما ظلمنا أهل الجنوب، وجيزان ، وياما ظلمنا أهل نجد، والقصيم، وياما ظلمنا الغير قبيلي، وياما ظلمنا المرأة….بكل مرارة ياأخي طلال ياما ظلمنا نحن السعوديين أنفسنا! فلما لا نحاول اليوم أن نحب أنفسنا!
    وأعلم أن لك كل الحق في ان تتفق او لا تتفق مع المظاهرات، هذا حقك! ولكن بما أنك تدعوا لعدم تأجيج الموقف في السعودية، فإنه كان من الأحرى بك أن تلتزم بكلامك أنت اولاً وتمتنع عن إيهامنا بأن المشكلة ( أو حتى مقال مرتضى) ذو نزعة طائفية. صدقني هناك مدونات أخرى متشددة ترحب بنوعية تعليقاتك هذه.
    في النهاية أحب أن أؤكد لك بأنني سعودية من أبوين يعتبرون أنفسهم من أهل السنة، على الرغم من أنني أنا مسلمة.

  10. Jerry M

    The government seems to think that throwing a few bones to the people will suffice. Even if the Saudi populace is satisfied for now, that doesn’t mean that anything of value has been done. In the US the amount of rain that has caused a disaster in part of the kingdom, would be not have caused any problems even in the smallest cities. Sending troops to Bahrain or hiring more religious police or even giving people bonuses will not fix it.

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