Saudi Arabia, Iran and a Middle East proxy war

Anne Penketh
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Saudi Arabian ambassador to the United States, Adel Al-Jubeir

Whatever the truth of the amazing US allegations against Iranian agents accused of plotting to kill the Saudi ambassador to the United States on American soil, they have served to highlight the proxy war between Iran and Saudi Arabia in the Middle East.

The Saudis sent troops to Bahrain, where they openly intervened with the blessing of the Gulf Cooperation Council to curb a revolt by the Shia-led majority, and have abandoned Bashar al-Assad in Syria in the hope that his departure from power would put an end to the influence of Iran in the neighbourhood.

The Saudis are also worried about Iranian influence in Iraq under Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki, seen as a “stooge” of Iran by the Saudis, according to Tom Lippmann, a former Washington Post journalist who is bringing out a book on Saudi Arabia next month.

At home, the Saudis have hinted that Iran was behind clashes in its Shia-dominated oil-rich province earlier this month, where more than a dozen people were injured.

King Abdullah has been urging the US to “cut off the head of the snake” (Iran) over its nuclear programme since 2008, according to Wikileaks.  In fact a Wikileaks cable says that it was the Saudi ambassador to the United States, Adel al-Jubeir, who “recalled the King’s frequent exhortations to the U.S. to attack Iran and so put an end to its nuclear weapons program… He told you to cut off the head of the snake.” Jubeir was to have been the target of the assassination plot revealed by US authorities that allegedly involved the fanatical Iranian al Quds force and a Mexican drugs cartel.

The Americans have resisted military action but the calls for armed intervention will grow louder because of electoral politics in the US. The Obama administration needs to tread carefully, and to produce undisputable evidence to convince allies that it is time to isolate the Iranian regime still further. Because this proxy war in the Middle East is not just between Iran and Saudi Arabia -  after all, who has been responsible for the assassinations of Iranian scientists on Iranian soil?

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  • KlingonOffTheStarboardBow

    They are both fairly nauseating but Iran is more destructive, including of its own people.

    “rabid intolerable regimes that need their people to remove them”

    Yes, we should never have declared war on Hitler but waited for his people to remove him.

    “wars that kill thousands for the interests of the few.”

    The “few” is in fact almost the entire population; excluding the fascist, crony supporters of whichever dictator is involved.

    As for “wars that kill thousands”, Sadaam Hussein was responsible for the deaths of up to 1,000,000 people, including 5,000 Kurdish innocent men, women and children in a single village.

  • KlingonOffTheStarboardBow

    Moderators! How does King of Egypt get away with posting the same stuff four times, yet I try to insert a link to something relevant and it gets “moderated”? And if you mean suppressed automatically, please don’t say “moderated”‘. I am sick of eurospeak already; let’s call a spade a spade here at least!

  • RichardMayson

    The two foremost journalists/authors on Israel security and intelligence matters, Yossi Melman and Ronen Bergmen have quite openly confirmed Israel’s Mossad being involved in assassinations of Iran’s nuclear scientists, with the collusion and complicity of the CIA and MI6.

    For the USA to once again get on its high horse, with condemnation of Iran, using a Iranian USA citizen second hand car salesman, with a drink problem as their stooge for a plot, defies belief. It sounds like officials in the White House might also be suffering from a hangover. Perhaps an overdose of deluded self righteousness and the come to be expected hypocrisy.

    Or embarrassed by the fact and seeking to cover up the fact, that Saudi Arabia is surpressing its own Arab spring uprising of Shia and colluding in even more harsher surpression of Shia with Saudi forces, in neighbouring Bahrain.

  • Guest

    I found a way around that problem of posting links. I don’t abuse it though. There is a way if you think laterally.

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