Events in Saudi Arabia - Coincidence or More?

#63
Have you any suggestions how the Yemenis are getting either the missiles or the components into the country past the Saudi blockade?

Were they actually out of missiles before, or just didn't have any that were in working order? I imagine that getting some engineering help into the country unnoticed would be a lot easier than entire missiles.
Smaller component produced in Iran, manacle rings and the electronics, the rest is cut and shunt. Tech assistance direct on the ground, Hezb in particular who have a fair bit of DIY experience.

The missiles aren't much of a threat and accuracy on the SA-2 conversions will not be good, they're more symbolic.
 
#64
I spent a long time in the Middle East with plenty, sadly, of trips to KSA.

I found the locals anti-graft by nature.
I found the opposite. The culture of commission and gifts is ingrained in the national psyche. More open than the corruption of the West though.
 
#65
I found the opposite. The culture of commission and gifts is ingrained in the national psyche. More open than the corruption of the West though.
I suspect @AsterixTG was referring to work ethic rather that the acceptance of a hotel suite full of hookers and an unexpected, yet not unpleasant, deposit into a Swiss bank account.
 
#66
I suspect @AsterixTG was referring to work ethic rather that the acceptance of a hotel suite full of hookers and an unexpected, yet not unpleasant, deposit into a Swiss bank account.
Reckon you're right.

They're different, not Northern Europeans. Who'd want to work through the day from 10:00 onward without the benefit of ac and the likes. Red Sea or Gulf in the high 30's are debilitating to put it mildly. This transfers through to work ethic.
 
#67
Reckon you're right.

They're different, not Northern Europeans. Who'd want to work through the day from 10:00 onward without the benefit of ac and the likes. Red Sea or Gulf in the high 30's are debilitating to put it mildly. This transfers through to work ethic.
Didn't stop us on Granby. A bit of midday sandbagging anyone?
I totally get you point though, the daytime heat is very unpleasant and the locals did look at us as if we were daft with our working hours.
 
#69
Exclusive interview: 'British and Saudi people will be much safer if we have a strong relationship'

A change for the better or a different agenda? Caution is always advised... I am skeptical, given thier human rights history.... More faces than a grandfather clock. They have no choice to shift thier dynamic becuase of the petrodollar and the world will move to green energy not oil. The west with Tesla and green energy policy is on the move, absolute fact. that said its good to see the new leader of KSA take a different dynamic in the middle east which has been a mess for years. We only live in hope.
 
#70
Exclusive interview: 'British and Saudi people will be much safer if we have a strong relationship'

A change for the better or a different agenda? Caution is always advised... I am skeptical, given thier human rights history.... More faces than a grandfather clock. They have no choice to shift thier dynamic becuase of the petrodollar and the world will move to green energy not oil. The west with Tesla and green energy policy is on the move, absolute fact. that said its good to see the new leader of KSA take a different dynamic in the middle east which has been a mess for years. We only live in hope.
Until they can find a better/cheaper battery parts this new energy storage system may be short lived or become very expensive. China is looking to corner the market in the parts to make batteries. I can't see oil being knocked off the top spot any time soon unless there is a major new tech breakthrough.
 
#71
Didn't stop us on Granby. A bit of midday sandbagging anyone?
I totally get you point though, the daytime heat is very unpleasant and the locals did look at us as if we were daft with our working hours.
Mad dogs and Englishmen go out in the midday sun.
 
#72
Until they can find a better/cheaper battery parts this new energy storage system may be short lived or become very expensive. China is looking to corner the market in the parts to make batteries. I can't see oil being knocked off the top spot any time soon unless there is a major new tech breakthrough.
its not a coincidence he is having to change his dynamic from oil to tourism, go figure.... the sultan of brunei was looking to do this few years ago as I was just leaving and hes miles behind the curve. Times are changing my friend as look at western policy to be rid of fossil fuel cars by 2030.. Green energy is around more plentiful than its ever been, its just not been exploited enough. It just a case of the human race getting with times and understanding the techonlogy behind it, that can make the difference.
 

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