Look: You probably don’t understand Saudi Arabia. I barely do, and I live here. And that war with rebels in Yemen?
1. It’s not a proxy war with Iran. (Yet.)
2. It’s not evidence that Hezbollah is schooling rebels in Yemen. (Not intentionally, at least.)
3. It’s not an effort to root out “Al Qaeda.” (Riyadh is not D.C.)
Saudi Arabia is a wonderfully bizarre and surprising place. People drink Starbucks here, kids use iPhones, and the information minister has Facebook friends. Geopolitically, the big guys trade words with Tom Friedman and the military has expensive planes and big bombs. And when Saudi goes to war, just like when anyone does, there are refugees.
But the camps that house Saudi refugees, as my wife Kelly McEvers reports this morning on Morning Edition, aren’t what you’d expect.
Check out her NPR story. It turns out a Saudi refugee camp has air-conditioned tents, three hot squares, a freshly laid parking lot for residents’ SUVs, and pens for their goats.
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