Khalid Al Dakhil has a good analysis for King Abdullah’s recent speech in which he called people to renounce ideological classification. He says:
diversity has been seen as a threat to the unity of the society. Saudi culture failed to recognise that diversity could be a sign of pluralism; a source of intellectual and cultural richness rather than a threat, and as a sign of society’s political and cultural strength. Who, then, is responsible for promoting and establishing such a fear of diversity? It could not be the society as a whole, but those classes whose interests are perceived threatened by it.
Al Dakhil remarks reminds me with something a friend told me a few days ago: “our diversity only makes us stronger,” and I believe it really does. (via xa)