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  1. Arab kings are the devil you know and better put up with than “upset the ant-hill” of “Whiggish” relations by family, tenancy and business and who holds the information on whose past. Demolishing an Arab regime only creates instability till a new balance is worked out practically on the ground and a new set of relationships is built up. Look at what happened when the Iraqi monarchy fell to the Ba’athists and narrowly to the SH family. Ditto the Assads of Syria. This is not a society of elections respecting democrats but real socio-economic personal power.