'Saudi benevolence in Bahrain'... All options are on the table! Let's start arming British Islamists! Look at how the Saudis (trigger-tongue happy nowadays), talk with disdain about Human Rights 'activists'. Unless they are coaching or subsidizing these 'activists' (Syria's case in point) they treat them like dirt. ARROGANCE with DEEP POCKETS!
BUT, we have to remember the following:"... Saudi Arabia says it is "insulted" by a parliamentary inquiry into how the UK deals with the country and Bahrain.Saudi officials have told the BBC they are now "re-evaluating their country's historic relations with Britain" and that "all options will be looked at".While they stopped short of cancelling ongoing trade deals, the move reflects growing Saudi resentment at the West's reaction to the Arab Spring........ Saudi Arabia, long sensitive to western criticisms of its human rights record, believes the inquiry has been prompted by Shia activists from Bahrain, including those striving to overthrow the Sunni monarchy there.The Saudi ambassador in London, Prince Mohammed Bin Nawaf Al-Saud told the BBC his country would "not tolerate or accept any foreign interference in the workings" of the Gulf Co-operation Council, which comprises Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, Kuwait, Qatar, UAE and Oman."Saudi Arabia's relations with the GCC is an internal matter among the six countries and we will not tolerate or accept any foreign interference in the workings of the GCC".A senior Saudi official added: "The Kingdom will not permit a group of so-called human rights activists, supported and funded by foreign entities (Have you ever taken a closer look of the 'entity'?) to implant a new foreign-linked political system in a fellow GCC country."....As the world's largest oil producer, Saudi Arabia is a huge trading and defence partner for Britain with nearly £4bn of bilateral trade last year..."
"... According to the UK Trade and Investment Office there are approximately 200 UK/Saudi joint ventures with total investment of more than £11bn.Defence deals include the £7bn BAE Systems contract supplying the next tranche of Typhoon jets.Thousands of British expatriates work in Saudi Arabia and British companies involved there include Shell, GlaxoSmithKline, BAE Systems, Rolls Royce and Marks & Spencer...."