The difference between Arab monarchies and republics is not linked to the variance between regimes, politics or freedom, rather, the gap is due to the dissimilar way in which these governments treat their citizens. Whilst presidents like Assad, Saddam and Bashir were cutting off the tongues, ears and heads of their rivals, countries like Kuwait, Saudi and others were trying to contain their political rivalries tribally or via material means. Late Jordanian King Hussein visited prison himself to release Laith Shubeilat, a man who incited against him. Despite coup and assassination attempts against the leader, over a period of forty years, King Hussein never executed any of his rivals. The same goes for Kuwait which also did not execute any of those who attempted to assassinate late Emir Sheikh Jaber in a subversive operation in which some of his guards were killed.
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The paradox is that Kuwait used to brag about the freedom of its press and the tolerance of its leadersAbdulrahman al-Rashed