The Saudi decision to invade Syria is "final" and "irreversible." Are they shaking in their boots in Damascus yet?
Analysts and commentators have said that a sizable portion of soldiers and officers of the Saudi Arabian military have a deep religious affinity for the message of ISIS.
Some people have asked that if these soldiers invade Syria what's to stop them from joining ISIS? It's not a big leap for them to make mentally. It's just a matter of changing uniforms.
Also, what's to stop them from changing sides once they go back home? The idea of replacing an aging monarch with a young Caliph, and a discredited monarchy with a victorious Caliphate is an idea that many conservative and religious Sunni Arabs are drawn to.
A large percentage of the people of Saudi Arabia are fans of ISIS. A lot of Saudis celebrate ISIS massacres and executions on social media against what they perceive to be Christian infidels, Shiites, and other minorities.
Is the Saudi monarchy strong enough to resist both popular will and an organized military insurrection in league with ISIS? Is the Saudi economy strong enough to withstand public alienation and external pressures? Is it really out of the question that people in Saudi Arabia will dump the princes, and embrace the fighters of ISIS as liberators, especially if they are led by the Saudi military and Saudi clerics?
If ISIS conquers Saudi Arabia normal life will go on as usual. They won't be viewed as alien force. It won't be an ideological revolution, but a political one. The Saudi soil is natural ground for ISIS, unlike anywhere else in the Arab and Muslim world. Nothing in the society will change that drastically if ISIS comes to power in Riyadh.
The rulers of Saudi Arabia are fools for deciding to invade Syria on the heels of their invasion of Yemen. The chaos that war unleashes is often unpredictable, and only the strong and well-prepared can control it. Time will tell whether or not Saudi Arabia, Turkey, and NATO are strong enough to control the chaos they are about to unleash in Syria.
One thing that is clear is that their invasion will doom any chance for peace in Syria for the foreseeable future.
An excerpt from, "Saudi’s decision to send troops in Syria ‘final’"
Saudi’s decision to send troops to Syria in an attempt to bolster and toughen efforts against militants is “final” and “irreversible,” the Saudi military spokesman announced on Thursday.
An excerpt from, "ISIS 'declare war on Saudi Arabia' in wake of Islamic Military Coalition' in sick execution video" by Ross Logan, Mirror, December 17, 2015:
A gruesome new execution video purportedly released by ISIS today features various jihadists accusing the Arab state of joining a coalition with "crusaders".
Over images of galloping horses interspersed with brutal killings and gunfights, soldiers repeatedly call for Saudi Arabia to come and fight them in Syria.