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Social media reactions to terrorism or acts of terror make for very interesting case studies. Never before have the masses been able to opine with such freedom on platforms that allow millions of others to read and share their views. News channels, newspapers and so on today are being challenged by people directly as the internet, often via smartphones and tablets, offers unprecedented, and often alternative and raw access to information. However, such access and fluidity in information flow comes with certain shortcomings.
The Saudi royal reshuffle is bad news for Pakistan. King Salman bin Abdulaziz's appointment of his nephew and son as monarchs-in-waiting is more than a simple break with tradition. Beyond ensuring his Sudairi clan's foreseeable hold on power, this move provides continuity to the "Salman Doctrine." This doctrine discards the Kingdom's American security blanket, and reinforces what Anwar Gargash, the UAE Foreign Minister, believes: "Arab security... is the responsibility of none but Arab countries."
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Even the United States has now asked any remaining Americans in Yemen to approach the Indian High Commission for help. While this is a surprising move, the success of Operation Rahat in trying conditions is an outcome of nearly two decades' worth of experience of trying to protect a small country-sized population of Indian citizens outside of India's borders.
By now, member-states of GCC have realized that USA, thus far their biggest ally, is nothing beyond a fair-weather friend. Furthermore, turmoil in states such as Egypt, Libya and most importantly, Yemen and Bahrain, has compelled GCC countries like Saudi Arabia to reconsider traditional security tactics and implement a new policy for this purpose.