Saudi Arabia and Iran hate each other!

This is well stated by Tom Rogan of the National Review; Excerpts below:

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“They sometimes pretend otherwise, but the leaders of Saudi Arabia and Iran hate each other. Both are heavily influenced by theocratic impulses, and their particular ideologies are at war.

In short, the Saudi government uses its oil wealth to export Sunni fundamentalist Wahhabism, and Iran’s ayatollahs use their oil proceeds to export Shia-Khomeinism. And while the rot of political Islam runs deep in the Middle East, Iran and Saudi Arabia’s mutual hatred is a major catalyst for regional chaos.

It’s a uniquely problematic relationship. While Iraqi politics are more complicated than Sunni vs. Shia. Iran and Saudi Arabia embrace explicitly sectarian worldviews and competing zero-sum assumptions about power. Emphasizing this extremism, Iran in 2011 attempted to blow up a crowded restaurant in Washington, D.C. It did so because it wanted to assassinate the Saudi ambassador. Think about that for a second. Iran was willing to commit an act of war against the United States in order to kill one man, who wasn’t even an American.

While it’s true that Saudi Arabia discriminates against its minority Shia population, Iran is simply using al-Nimr as a pretext for its broader anger. Blaming Saudi Arabia for the rise of the Islamic State, Iran is increasingly furious about sporadic ISIS attacks along the central Iraq–Iran border. In turn, Saudi Arabia is highly concerned by the looming advent of an Iranian nuclear weapon and by Iran’s sponsorship of Assad’s genocide. Reciprocal Saudi–Iranian hatred is overflowing into policy reactions.

That makes this a significant new problem for America. It fuels a growing security nightmare. It gets worse. If Iran unleashes its sectarian proxies against Iraqi Sunnis, Saudi Arabia will likely respond with its own support for unpredictable Sunni terrorist groups. This is no small issue. In recent years (and in contrast to Qatar), Saudi Arabia has restricted its support for the most extreme Salafi-jihadist groups. But beyond all other considerations, it’s fixated on preventing Iran’s empowerment.

America is facing a powder keg of regional politicized sectarianism. If it blows, the Middle East could go up in flames.”

View full article at: http://www.nationalreview.com/article/390713/saudi-arabia-and-iran-clash-tom-rogan

Saudi Arabia [Mostly Ishmaelite]:
• Population 29 Million: [Mostly Sunni], but large Shi’ite population in the East where there are the vast oil deposits such as Ghawar— the largest conventional oil field in the world).
• Is the world’s top exporter of oil, and holder of the world’s largest spare capacity (spare output capacity of 1.5-2 million barrels a day at all times to cope with emergency shortfalls).
• Considers Iran as a rival (Iran, whom Saudi Arabia believes is attempting to expand its influence in the Middle East).
• Angry with the Obama administration for not standing by his “red line” regarding Syria. The Saudis are in favor of overthrowing President Assad of Syria (who is backed by Iran). Angry with President Obama for negotiating with Iran regarding its nuclear program.
• Saudi Arabia leads the world in public beheadings. Women are not allowed to drive cars.

We believe Saudi Arabia is home to the descendants of Ishmael: “He (Ishmael) will be a wild donkey of a man; his hand will be against everyone and everyone’s hand against him, and he will live in hostility toward all his brothers.”

Steven LeBlanc

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