American journalist and New York Times columnist Thomas Friedman has slammed critics of his new article on the “new Saudi Arabia.”
During the 17th Saban Leadership Seminar, he referred to the much criticized article published on Friday. In the article, Friedman had commended Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman’s efforts to bring about change and undertake pathbreaking reforms.
In response to the criticism, Friedman referred to the Arab world as “completely dysfunctional.” The columnists also predicted that if the situation does not turn for the better, it will become a greater version of Yemen, “a giant human disaster area.”
Friedman said that the crown prince was the bravest among many to have tareligious, economic and political components of the situation while others didn’t do anything.
Friedman said that it is ridiculous that when someone attempts to bring about change – referring to Mohammed bin Salman – and that when he extends support for it, he gets criticism.
“I just wanna stick up my head and say God I hope you succeed and when you do that – the holly hell comes down on you – well f*** that okay – that is my view,” said Friedman.
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