Past in Perspective

“If the annexed land is of the same

culture and language then if one wants to hold onto then one must keep two things in mind: one is that the line of the previous prince must be extinguished, and the other one is to void changing either laws or the taxes.”

Saddam Hussein, the ruler of Iraq, was aware of this tactic and he used it effectively. After gaining control of Iraq, he ordered the execution of twenty-two senior ranking party officials and 450 military officers. Saddam extinguished the previous prince’s line by killing the old guards. In this way, he was able to cling to power for more than two decades.

Muhammad bin Salman, the Crown Prince of Saudi Arabia, is not only bringing change in the ranks of al-Saud family, but also altering the taxation laws. In this way, he is against the Machiavellian practices, and he will prove to be detrimental to the realm.

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