John K. Defterios, Anchor and Emerging Markets Editor, CNN International speaks during the 2012 of the World Economic Forum at the congress centre in Davos, Switzerland, January 27, 2012. (Wikipedia/Michael Wuertenberg)
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Shock and awe is a term meant to define the use of overwhelming power and spectacular force in a military campaign.It was made famous during the March 2003 air and land campaign by the United States in Iraq, but one could apply this description, not in a military context, for the major push by Saudi Arabia's 32-year-old Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman. Week after week there is a new campaign illustrating his use of force to drive change and overhaul the largest economy in the Middle East and North Africa, with the land mass of France and Germany combined.Phase one of the effort has 201 people holed up in the Ritz Carlton hotel or in other locations, awaiting the wheels of justice to turn, which will serve as a perfect test on whether the government will deliver on the promise of due process and the rule of law.This economic storm front, however, is not deterring those here in Saudi Arabia.I interviewed four participants at the forum, ranging from 25 to 55 years old, men and women, who without hesitation support the "shock and awe" campaign now underway.
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