- Dec 2011
- Iowa USA
I'm not very familiar with Saudi Arabia, however, my reaction after reading the thread was that the same: the Saudi regime would not care to lose very skilled Shi'a subjects however would be fine with lesser developed subjects who are "apostate" electing to depart for Iraq.In regards to Saudi Arabia especially, one would have thought that the Saudi government would have been delighted to see large numbers of its Shiites emigrate. Of course, the same would have also probably been true for Bahrain.
Postscript: this topic is one I hadn't thought of really. When reading about '50s and '60s in the Middle East often Nasser is the "dramatic center" of the story, only in 1977 and later does an Islamic popular reform enter the Western discussion, of course, the reformers were present long before the late '70s.