An American author says that a possible revolution in Saudi Arabia would “throw a monkey wrench” in NATO’s plans for Syria, as it could result in a change of position among imperialistic powers aimed at strengthening the troubled Riyadh regime.

“You’ve got again this whole archipelago of revolutions that could break out in the Persian Gulf. This would I think shift many elements of power, not even in the region but in the world,” American author and historian Dr. Webster Griffin Tarpley said in a Press TV interview on Tuesday.

“If Saudi Arabia goes into revolution then you will see the imperialist shift their assets to try to shore up the regime in Riyadh,” Tarpley added.

In his remarks, the US historian referred to a recently-published article by David Ignatius in the Washington Post. In the article, Ignatius asks whether Saudi Arabia is on the brink of a revolution.

In response, he quotes remarks made a few days ago “by Mr. Ali al-Ahmed on Press TV about the spreading of the rebellion inside Saudi Arabia, how the end of Ramadan will mark an escalation of this and how indeed factions are beginning to form in the royal family that could lead to a destabilization of Saudi Arabia.”

“This (a revolution erupting in Saudi Arabia) would of course put a monkey wrench into the NATO plans for Syria,” Tarpley noted.

The analyst pondered about the possible consequences of a revolution starting in other [Persian] Gulf States such as Saudi Arabia, Qatar and even Jordan, in regards with “supply lines for these death squads inside Syria?”

“All of these places (other [Persian] Gulf States such as Saudi Arabia, Qatar and Jordan) it seems to me, are actually ripe for real revolutions which would probably aim at the overthrow of these out-moded obsolete, royal dynasties that have been trampling on human rights there for so long,” he concluded.

Since February 2011, protesters have held demonstrations on an almost regular basis in Saudi Arabia, mainly in Qatif and Awamiyah in Eastern Province, primarily calling for the release of all political prisoners, freedom of expression and assembly, as well as an end to widespread discrimination.

However, the demonstrations have turned into protests against the repressive Al Saud regime, especially since November 2011 when Saudi security forces killed five protesters and injured many others in the province.

According to Human Rights Watch, the Saudi regime “routinely represses expression critical of the government.”