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What I wonder is what role Saudi Arabia plays here. Considering that the Saudi backing was a significant factor in the fighting at the Pearl Roundabout (as I understand it was), the Bahraini government should be indebted which means the Saudis should wield significant power. So are the Saudis backing the Khawalids?

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by A swedish kind of death on Sat Feb 23rd, 2013 at 03:48:39 PM EST
That seems like the $64k question. And would a Khawalid victory in the succession stakes be somewhat Pyrrhic ? It's kinda difficult to suppress a majority of your population unless you're willing to go to Saddam Hussein lengths, and that could get get pretty bloody.

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by Helen (lareinagal at yahoo dot co dot uk) on Sun Feb 24th, 2013 at 10:15:47 AM EST
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I would imagine so, but I don't have a clue.  I suspect I would have to buy this article.

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by maracatu on Sun Feb 24th, 2013 at 05:49:55 PM EST
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