Brian Whitaker describes Oman's Sultan Qaboos as a "classy despot".
LM has already expressed my view about Qaboos being a corrupt western puppet here and here. However, I urge Omani's to understand the nature of the protests revealed by Fergus Nicoll's excellent and fair reporting for the BBC here and here.
When LM refers to corruption I highlight the corrupt nature of a system that allows an absolute ruler to rule by decree in the absence of any democratic political parties. In addition, when any ruler allows his military to Kill innocent Omanis peacefully protesting in Sohar for constitutional change that is cold blooded murder carried out by a tyrant.
Finally all can surely agree one thing, there is no denial that corruption is rampant in Oman because the system allows for it. Omanis, some of whom are fond of their Sultan despite his role in the Dhoffar uprising surely must accept that democracy and constitutional change is the only way to prevent further protests and killings.