Here's Why Allowing Saudi Women To Drive Is Very Dangerous For The Rest Of The World

Tyler Durden's picture

Authored by Andrew Karybko via Oriental Review,

The move risks provoking the already distraught Wahhabi clergy who fear that the monarchy is breaking its old alliance with them by sidelining the Kingdom’s most conservative religious gatekeepers in its quest for socio-economic modernization.

Hardcore Wahhabis in Saudi Arabia have warned for generations that allowing women to drive would be a very dangerous development for the ultra-fundamentalist Kingdom, arguing that it would somehow degrade society by leading to an epidemic of immorality which would clash with what they believe is the purest way to practice Islam.

That’s not why Riyadh’s recent decree granting woman this long-overdue right by next summer is so dangerous, however, as the real reason rests with the unpredictable and possibly violent reaction of the Saudi clergy.

Before talking about that, a few words need to be said about the Kingdom’s much-publicized decision to finally allow women to drive.

The Vision 2030 Disruption

This wasn’t about “diverting attention” from the War on Yemen or the perilous situation of the Shiite minority in the Eastern Province like some cynics have alleged, though that might end up being a short-term media-driven consequence which would of course work out to the government’s temporary favor. Instead, Crown Prince Mohammad Bin Salman is actually sincere about reforming the socio-cultural situation in his country in order to enable it to more effectively carry through with his Vision 2030 structural reforms that intend to eventually transition Saudi Arabia to a “normal” non-energy-dependent economy with time. There are still many other reforms which are necessary to implement if the Kingdom’s women are to enjoy the same rights as their counterparts elsewhere in most Muslim-majority countries, to say nothing of the West, but this is still a very powerful step in the direction of increasing female participation in the future workforce.

Understanding this, it’s evident why the most conservative elements of the clergy would be opposed to Vision 2030, as they know that its gradual socio-economic reforms (even if not carried out to their eventual conclusion and still comparatively lagging behind other Muslim countries and the West) will inevitably lead to transformational changes in the country that they believe would contradict their ultra-fundamental interpretation of Islam. In other words, although they won’t say so openly for fear of being detained by the ubiquitous but largely unseen hand of the state security services, it can be presumed that most of these clerics believe that the Crown Prince’s initiative is “haram”, or forbidden by Islamic law (Sharia).

Undermining The Basis Of Saudi Stability

This pretext – that someone, let alone a professed Muslim, is encouraging and/or engaging in prohibited behavior – has been used as the rallying cry for organizing jihadi terrorist wars in “Syraq” and Yemen, so it can reasonably be anticipated that something similar of the sort might be planned against the Saudi monarchy if it can’t control the reactions of the Wahhabi-Takfiri clergy. It’s at this point where it’s relevant to briefly reference Saudi Arabia’s political structure, which is less of an authoritarian dictatorship than it is an authoritarian power tandem between the royals and the clerics. This alliance between the Saud family and the followers of Muhammad ibn Abd al-Wahhab forms the political basis of the Kingdom, with each side delineating certain spheres of internal influence for themselves.

This was a stable enough arrangement (in a relative sense) up until Crown Prince Mohammad Bin Salman decided to push through the socio-economic reforms inherent in his Vision 2030 agenda, as the clerics have come to see this as a de-facto power grab – even a “soft coup”, if one will – by the monarchy over the previously agreed upon domain of the clergy. It’s in view of this why the issue of allowing women to drive is so dangerous for Saudi stability – not because of any misogynist reasons but due to the explosive reaction that it could provoke from the Wahabbi clerics. That’s probably why the Kingdom carried out its recent crackdown against some religious leaders, prudently expecting that the most extreme among them might seek to rally rioters around their cause of Takfiri demagoguery in seeking to overthrow the monarchy once it was announced that women will soon be allowed to drive.

Multipolar Ramifications

There are inarguably some observers who might feel a touch of schadenfreude at Saudi Arabia’s prospective domestic destabilization because of what it’s done in the Mideast and even to its own people (Shiites and women), but the fact remains that any forthcoming monarchy-cleric conflict would affect more than just the Kingdom. Saudi Arabia is one of the world’s top oil suppliers and is endowed with a geostrategic location at the crossroads of Afro-Eurasia. In the past year, the country has also grown incredibly close to both Russia and China, so any Saudi unrest would assuredly harm their long-term multipolar interests as well.

Regarding Russia, Riyadh agreed to an unprecedented OPEC output deal with Moscow and even renewed it after its expiration, is coordinating with the Russian Foreign Ministry over unifying the Syrian “opposition”, signed an unspecified $3.5 billion arms agreement with it this summer, is dispatching its King to Russia for the first time in history, and even plans to hold its first-ever military-technical forum with Russia by the end of the year. Concerning China, the People’s Republic is building an armed drone factory in Saudi Arabia, the King just visited Beijing earlier this year, and both sides signed two separate series of agreements totaling over $130 billion in the past six months alone.

“Balkanizing” The Arabian Peninsula

The most immediate geopolitical consequence of pronounced monarchy-cleric unrest in Saudi Arabia would be the “Balkanization” of the Arabian Peninsula into a collection of emirates, an outcome which mirrors what would happen if the US were ever successful in turning the manufactured Gulf Cold War into a hot one. The UAE, which masterminded the Saudi-Qatari tensions, is unique in the Mideast because it’s essentially a collection of emirates which function as a semi-united entity, and this creative governing model could be replicated all across the territory of a “Balkanized” Kingdom of Saudi Arabia to extend Abu Dhabi’s reach further inland into the peninsula and its rich natural resources.

In addition, the spread of the Emirati system throughout this strategic corner of the Mideast might also create a structural precedent for dividing and ruling other parts of this fractured region at large, particularly in Yemen and “Syraq”.

Therefore, the unleashing of “calculated-controlled chaos” in Saudi Arabia could be part of the US’ plans for geopolitically reengineering a so-called “New Middle East” modelled along the lines of implementing a hybrid Emirati-“Identity Federalized” system.

This can’t happen so long as Saudi Arabia remains unified, ergo the interest that the US and its regional allies have in dismembering it, a scenario which they might try to advance by capitalizing off of the hardcore Wahhabi clerics’ opposition to the Kingdom’s recent decree allowing women to drive.

Concluding Thoughts

It would be difficult to find anyone who isn’t applauding Saudi Arabia’s latest socio-cultural reform in granting women the right to drive, despite the cynicism about it being long overdue and not going far enough. Crown Prince Mohammad Bin Salman is serious about fulfilling the Vision 2030 initiative that he’s staked his legacy on, which therefore requires embarking on transformational changes within the Kingdom which come up against the ultra-hardline Wahhabi dogma preached by part of the clerical half of his country’s power tandem. It was already anticipated that this would result in a strong backlash from that sector, which explains the preemptive crackdown that Riyadh commenced against what it believed would be some of the key figures leading the Takfiri demagoguery against the monarchy.

Ultimately, however, Saudi Arabia will only be saved from the boomerang of Wahhabi destabilization if it can succeed in winning over relatively “moderate” clerics, guaranteeing the support of the military and anti-terrorist special forces, and genuinely securing the backing of the country’s growing youth demographic. This would in turn allow the authorities to isolate the fundamental preachers, effectively deal with their radicalized and militant followers, and count on the support of the masses in a similar manner as President Erdogan did in masterfully employing “democratic security” mechanisms to counteract the failed pro-US coup against him in summer 2016.

Given how “provocative” Riyadh’s latest reform is in the context of the country’s delicate power tandem, especially in terms of how it could easily be interpreted as the monarchy overstepping its agreed-upon boundaries with the clergy in an arguable “soft coup” attempt, it’s plain to see why allowing women to drive is indeed a dangerous step to take, which is why the authorities should be commended for going through with this move. There’s still an ever-present potential for destabilization despite the preemptive crackdown so Saudi Arabia isn’t out of the woods just yet, but any forthcoming anti-government protests led by the Wahhabi clergy would be a red flag indicating that the US has finally commenced a regime change operation against its long-time allies in Riyadh.

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ergatz's picture

Here's Why America Financing Apartheid IsraHell Is Very Dangerous For The Rest Of The World http://wp.me/p4OZ4v-pe

Fish Gone Bad's picture

ANY religion is a cancer.  Religion is sanctioned by the state as a tool to keep its populace in line.

Blue Steel 309's picture

Absolute statements are fantasy based.

07564111's picture

#russwinning

A joint Russian-Saudi fund to invest in the energy sector will be announced during the forthcoming visit of the kingdom’s monarch Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud to Moscow, Russian Energy Minister Alexander Novak told the Al Arabiya.

https://www.rt.com/business/405403-russia-saudi-energy-fund/

and that's not all ;)

#russwinning

RKae's picture

ALL ABSOLUTE STATEMENTS! ALL OF THEM!

Blue Steel 309's picture

At least someone in the room has a sense of humor. Well done.

Dormouse's picture

Why Saudi women driving is dangerous:
Aside from the fact their faces and ears are covered, with only a small slit to see though, or in some cases a screen door covering their eyes; they're fucking women! Women are terrible drivers.

Lore's picture

Pretty much everybody in that part of the world does some wild driving.  I'll never forget the experience of sitting on a bus and rising up in the air as the driver executed a 180' hairpin turn at high speed in the middle of a busy 10-lane freeway.  The guy had balls of steel, knew exactly what he was doing and dropped us into perfect lane position, looked up, saw my face in the mirror and grinned. 

Skateboarder's picture

Some people are just born ballers.

Lumberjack's picture

Lorena Bin Bobbitt...

 

That should scare the shit out of ISIS!

Secret Weapon's picture

What could go wrong?  the men are excellent and responsible drivers and will make great driving instructors. 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XhKkwMr1Ac8

Sanity Bear's picture

As anyone who has had to commute for a living at any point in their lives, there is no pox on the human race like female Asian drivers.

E5's picture

They would HAVE to be taught by their husbands... or another saudi woman... who obviously would have to be a better driver.  You see where this is going right?

PlayMoney's picture

The fact women can't drive.....proven science.

robertocarlos's picture

I've seen enough. She's hot.

Mentaliusanything's picture

I'm with you, that one has eyes that hardens the Balls of a camel. I can smell her from here

MaxThrust's picture

No one is going to care if the hardline- wahabi clergy are purged.

If it happens, great. It's been a long time coming.

Golden Showers's picture

Y'all want to throw up? Read Jersy Kosinski's "Painted Bird" where army soldiers kick wine bottles of sand into womens' vaginas so they break. Read Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee. Study the Tate Massacre. Get in line. Look at 26 million Russian Christians shot in the head in the Revolution. Saudi Women Driving. Yeah. Ok.

Really? You want to get real? How about the Queen of England?

Is this a gender thang? Wanna talk about Queen Izabella of Spain? https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_Spanish_consorts

How fucking dumb ass is Saudi Arabia? Let them tell you on thier own. They are big boys.

Actually, for being about 100 years late to do anything we can see that they are learning. Driving, voting, whatever.

Gee, thanks, you dumb fuck Wahabi shriky dinky fucking loser adopted brats who can't do shit for yourselves without Israel telling you. Good job!

Way to be!

PS Sarcasm. But it's true and you fucking know it. Go suck a fucking bris and lick it up.

Juggernaut x2's picture

Painted Bird was a work of degeneracy and lies and and it is no surprise that professional liar, Elie Wiesel, was a big promoter of it.

Juggernaut x2's picture

I am not big fan of spicy food but I like Wahhabi Peas

Rockatanski's picture

driving asian women are really the problem.

Peanut Butter Engineer's picture

You are the bigger problem when you guys causes higher accident rate than Asian or women.

07564111's picture

if women were not allowed to vote or take part in politics there would be no Hillary :)

Mentaliusanything's picture

How do you blind an asian.... Put a car windsheild in front of their eyes. ( I have been banned so many time for that it short sights me)

GoldHermit's picture

I wonder how long it will take them to set up demolition derby competitions in Riyadh?!?

gregga777's picture

Rolls-Royces being driven in a demolition derby would be a sight to see.

cbxer55's picture

Recalls the movie Cannonball Run!  ;-)

LetThemEatRand's picture

Ironically, Jamie Farr who was the A-Rab driving a Rolls in Cannonball Run became famous dressing as a woman in MASH.

OverTheHedge's picture

That was so funny, I showed the wife. That she was less than amused was even funnier.

Thank you.

Ghost who Walks's picture

Reading this article I am led to the conclusion that this only matters if Saudi Arabia continues to be a major energy exporter. In the event that another source of energy becomes available to global markets, no one will care about the views of the Wahhabi clerics, including much of the population of Saudi Arabia who will be pre-occupied with other issues.

This is really only a footnote in History, and the Wahhabi clergy and their current view on socio-economic reforms would suddenly be irrelevant in the event that either Saudi Oil is replaced or the Royal Tribes of Saud lose power. I tend to think that the first event would also lead to the second event as the House of Saud seems to lack the required love of the population to remain as stewards of this country.

As is said "Wars and rumours of wars!" but in this case even the rumour of the loss of income through a technolgy breakthrough might be enough to trigger events.

WTFUD's picture

' How To Win Friends and Influence People '

Putin , Xi and with this Saudi stuff, Rouhani, must be having a right good giggle, tickled pink, as the US shoots itself in the foot at every opportunity.

Peanut Butter Engineer's picture

So allowing women to drive will cost their king to be overthrown, why didn't CIA think of that all along? We could have replace their head with puppets to give us free gas instead of listening to them and act for them or fighting for their territory spat! Whatever it takes to overthrow those Muslim camel fuckers is all good for the rest of world.

WTFUD's picture

So after milking them via the $$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$ Hegemony and flogging them billions in genocidal weapons ( as recently as a few weeks back ), you think allowing them to wither & die is Cricket? Anyway China can step into the void/breach as it's currently their No.1 Export destination of Oil.
The US made its bed, fucked ( killing plenty ) off everyone in the Region and should it lose Saudi as an ally its fall from grace will be that much swifter. Not that this would be a bad case scenario as the world's weary of US exceptionalism. In fact, for the next couple of decades, until the US foregoes its Regime Change & Bloody Foreign Soirees, they should ALL SHUT THE FUCK UP.

Obviously they'll be a War Crimes tribunal for Bush, Cheney, Obama, Clinton & the many other practicing CUNTS.

American good behaviour = Israeli good behavour

That's correct, Israel's belligerence is down to you alone.

Gotta laugh when Trump tell China to get a grip on PRK when US's buddy Israel is running amok.

Blackhawks's picture

Petrodollar is on life support. These cavemen and their pedophile servants are powerless when oil is replaced by sun, wind and water.

xzandrax's picture

TF was this crap? There is just one meaningful sentence.

Cracker Pipes's picture

A political gesture to Europe to pretend that they are normal free thinkers and disguise the horrible reality... 

Blue Steel 309's picture

It is dangerous for the world because most women suck at driving. Or rather they suck and being self aware and considerate... and focusing.

samsara's picture

The 2030 thing tells me he's afraid of serious water cuts to the fields in 10 years

Rusty Trombone's picture

Oh fuck off...certainly better than Chinks on the roads.

jmack's picture

God forbid we provoke an wahhabi clerics!

Rebelrebel7's picture

It seems that "The Prince " would like to capitalize off of women in the labor force and the first step towards that would be allowing them to drive. 

I doubt that the majority of Saudi men will approve, although I have never been to Saudi Arabia,  but there are Wahabi  men in America practicing polygamy with 3 wives who dress in full hijab who own gas stations, so based on the American Wahabis, it seems doubtful that Saudi Wahabis will approve. 

Bloody Fkn Muppet's picture

Bullshit. Women could drive in Saudi until 1979 when the Bestist mosque in Mecca got taken, the then king went off his nut and turned the place into what it is now. All the present king is doing is undoing all of that shite.

Pernicious Gold Phallusy's picture

Does anybody really believe hardline Saudi clerics are more concerned with religion than raw power?

afronaut's picture

Why allowing women to have any say in how we run a country is dangrous. 

Fixed it

Juggernaut x2's picture

Women are fucking insane- every last one of them.

ChaoKrungThep's picture

Including your mother? I admit she botched it up.