NEO – Saudi Arabia vs Iran: Eye of the Storm


 NEO – Who’s Igniting the Saudi-Iranian Conflict?

by  Viktor Mikhin, … with New Eastern Outlook, Moscow

The Saudis are mainly all show, because real work is considered a slave thing

[ Editor’s Note: Viktor Mikhin gives us a good review of the Saudi Royal family trying to play “Puff the Magic Dragon” with Iran, via its borrowed Israeli tactic of making an aggressive bogeyman out of a country that has attacked no one in hundreds of years.

For evidence evidence of a threat, all the Saudis seem to be able to put on the table are “allegations” that Iran is a major backer of terrorism in the region, but fails to provide us any examples.

I think this is just as big an insult to the world public as it is to Iran. The main terrorism Iran is involved in is killing those terrorists infiltrating its borders with steady consistency and professionalism. Terror attacks inside Iran are quite rare, the envy of some other countries who are not so fortunate.

Iran’s actual involvement in “foreign terrorism” has been in helping Lebanon’s Hezbollah protect Lebanon from the Israeli terrorists who have long pummeled that country whenever it chose. And it has been a key member of both the Syrian and Iraqi anti-terrorism coalitions, with an estimated dead of 1000 of it people just in Syria alone.

Iran has done this for what it openly stated, that if  Wahabbi Saudi sponsored terrorism was not defeated in these two countries it would become a greater threat to Iran and the region.

It did not make sense to sit back and watch the terror slaughter in Syria and Iraq, when we have solid proof that the Saudis, US, Israel, Britain and even Turkey have been major backers of proxy terror groups there, despite the free pass that corporate media has given them on their crimes

The senile Saudi King and his inexperienced son, despite the country going broke, have committed to spend $350 billion just in US arms over the next decade, and have this crazy plan to build an Arab NATO through allies that can supply cannon fodder troops to die for the Royal family in return for cash. That is Saudi leadership.

Many would  consider that a new form of international terrorism itself. And that brings us to the major national security threat of our age, this incredible situation where certain countries can engage in state-sponsored terrorism, directly and indirectly, and evade responsibility via their sovereign immunity. It is way past time for us to come up with a better formula while we still can or we will suffer the consequences Jim W. Dean ]

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Whereas Saudi Arabia has to fight using mercenaries, Iran has a real fighting army

– First published … May 13,  2017

In addition to the very dangerous conflicts in the Middle East, in which Great Britain and Germany are actively involved, there is a ‘hot’ local conflict. This constant tension over the past few years between Saudi Arabia and Iran, their constant struggle for leadership not only in the region, but also for dominance in the Arab world.

The Trump team did not have the good sense to know how stupid this makes a US president look… an award for nothing

This tension has been constantly spearheaded by Riyadh, whose rulers while well aware of their political and economic inadequacy nevertheless try to make every effort and opportunity to place themselves first in the region and, with the help of the west, to block the rapid development of Iran in all areas.

But Saudi Arabia is not the west, which, on flimsy grounds, for some time slowed down the progressive movement of the Iranian people.

The underlying fact that Saudi Arabia and Iran, as the two largest states with a theocratic regime, each have their own assessment of regional processes and, of course, goals and objectives, is at the core of a long-term conflict that is unlikely to be resolved in the near future.

If Riyadh maintains a policy of preserving stability in the region and does not make statements of support for the change of existing regimes (the exception being Syria), Tehran basically supports any change in the regimes of Arab countries aimed at Islamification.

A small but quite eloquent example. If Iran calls upon the Palestinian Islamist forces to intensify their efforts and direct them against Israel, then the Saudis invite Hamas and Fatah to Mecca to negotiate peacefully and to establish contacts with Israel. This contrast in the policies of the two countries explains to some extent why the two states have been waging a cold war in the region for many years.

It should be noted, first, that Riyadh’s hostile policy towards Tehran is entirely in the interest of the United States, which, through this conflict, can constantly pressure all areas of Iranian ayatollahs in an attempt to overtake Iran in the Middle East. Secondly, Saudi Arabia is thus trying to prove not only to the countries of the region but also to everyone else the overtly hostile Iranian sentiments and to justify all its allegations regarding Iran’s incitement to religious conflicts in the region.

Yet another evidence of the incitement to conflict was the statement just made by the deputy of the Crown Prince, the son of King Mohammed ibn Salman, who, in dramatic fashion, stated in a TV interview, that Saudis would never speak to Iranians, slamming doors even before the hope of a possible dialogue between them had opened.

Prince Salman is too young and inexperienced, where Trump just hasn’t got a clue, but knows how to fake it

The son of the king, of course, from his father’s submission, has without grounds accused Iran of seeking dominance in the Muslim world and stressed: ‘We will not wait for Saudi Arabia to become the battlefield… Instead, we will work to ensure that the battle will be brought to Iran.’ You can’t say it any clearer. The gauntlet was thrown at Tehran, which was quite calm in taking another dose of Iranophobia.

On this occasion, the Ambassador of Iran to the United Nations, Holamali Khoshroo, wrote to the Secretary-General expressing the hope that ‘Saudi Arabia would be persuaded to heed the call of reason’.

Tehran declares its readiness to negotiate with Saudi Arabia to bring peace to the region, despite the ‘extralegal and provocative’ statements by the deputy of the Saudi Crown Prince. The Ambassador of Iran stated that Tehran had no ‘desire or intention to increase tension with neighbours’.  It also cannot be more clearly stated.

As is well known, if domestic affairs can’t be settled, the leaders are actively turning to foreign policy and looking for an enemy to be blamed for everything. This is what can now be clearly observed in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia when, due to the old age of King Salman, all levers of power passed to his son Muhammad.

But he is young, unskilled in either politics or economy and needs to show his supremacy. And from here, for example, the policy of sharply falling oil prices has come. But mainly, it has been Riyadh that has lost.

Three years ago, Saudis, in an attempt to compete with American shale oil, chose to ‘pump, despite low prices,’ which was the beginning of problems. The market played by its rules and moved into the oil surplus at a very low price and absence of buyers. According to Goldman Sachs, the production of shale hydrocarbons in the United States will increase by about 70,000 barrels a day by the end of 2017.

In this situation, there will be no compensation for Saudi Arabia’s price/production gaps. The budget deficit is now $100 billion, which has triggered an unprecedented price increase within the country. For the first time in decades, straight from the mouths of its rulers, the King and his son have spoken of economic austerity.

According to the deputy minister of economy of the Kingdom, Mohammed al- Tuwaijri, if measures to reform the economy were not taken, the country was doomed to bankruptcy in three to four years. Even more dramatic was the famous Saudi economist, a former member of the Shura Council (advisory body to the King), Ihsan bu Hulaiga: The economic downturn, he said, was simply enormous.

Kids were fighting in the Yemen war early on

The failures in foreign policy followed: the unfortunate participation in the campaign to overthrow the legitimately elected president of Syria, Bashar al-Assad, the unprovoked war in brotherly neighbouring Yemen, persistent quarrels and claims against neighbours.

And therefore, Mohammed ibn Salman decided to hang all the dogs on Iran – hence his rather harsh statement. But will such a policy lead to the normalisation of Saudi domestic and foreign policy? It is unlikely.

Here’s just one example from the Syrian reality. In Astana, a memorandum has just been signed on the establishment of de-escalation or security zones. Until the end of May, four security zones will be established in Syria in the areas of government contact with the armed opposition. Within the zones, the use of weapons will be prohibited and the work of humanitarian organisations will be secured.

The perimeters of the zones will create safe areas to prevent clashes. Such a memorandum would seem to be in the interest of all parties to the conflict, including Saudi Arabia. But it wasn’t. Part of the Syrian opposition, which feeds from the hands of the Saudis, left the conference room and Riyadh took a break.

Many commentators then stated that Saudi Arabia was satisfied with the memorandum itself, but not with the fact that Iran had become the initiator of it alongside Russia and Turkey. As they say, the reaction of the Saudis was just to spite the Iranians.

After a little reflection, the head of the Saudi Arabian Foreign Ministry, Adel al-Jubeir, stated, according to Reuters, that Riyadh supported the establishment of security zones in Syria. Before that, the memorandum was approved by US President Donald Trump, who was informed by the President of Russia, Vladimir Putin.

The unprofessional, poorly balanced policy of Riyadh is finding fewer and less positive responses among its neighbours, the Arab countries of the Persian Gulf. For example, the Sultanate of Oman has, as the events have shown, a special relationship with Tehran. 

Oman is small, but independent

In this regard, it may be recalled that secret meetings between the representatives of the United States and Iran were held in the Omani capital, Muscat, even before the signing of the nuclear agreement, with Arab neighbours, including Saudi Arabia, not being informed of this.

Moreover, Sultan Qaboos categorically refused to participate in the Saudi war against Yemen, although he was repeatedly reminded that the Saudis were fighting against Iran.

Another country in the region, Kuwait, also has good relations with Iran, despite differing views on a number of international issues. This was evidenced by the visit of Iranian President Hassan Rouhani in February of this year, by a brief visit to the country and his negotiations with the Emir of the State of Kuwait, Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad al-Jaber Al-Sabah. As reported by the Kuwaiti media, one of the key tasks of the Iranian President was to improve relations with both Kuwait and Saudi Arabia.

Other countries in the Persian Gulf, the UAE and Qatar, also have good relations with Iran, at least they do not conduct hostile propaganda against the Iranian ayatollahs. The only country here that supports the Saudis is Bahrain. But that is understandable: more than 70% of the population are Shias, who, with the full power of the Sunnis, are not allowed to administer the emirate at all. Not surprisingly, that here the ‘Arab Spring’ called the ‘Pearl’, was crushed by Saudi forces.

The tense situation between the two powers, Saudi Arabia and Iran, naturally does not make a positive contribution to the region. Moreover, given the armed confrontation between the two countries in Syria and Yemen, their rivalry in the Persian Gulf countries is poisoning the world’s atmosphere and is not conducive to the establishment of friendly relations in this very important region for the entire world.

Victor Mikhin, a corresponding member of  the Russian Academy of Natural Sciences (RANS), exclusively for the online magazine “New Eastern Outlook.


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  1. Muslims, Sisters and Brothers, why do you suffer these demonic goat herders defiling your holy places? They are turning your sacred sites into an amusement park! Is it not time to setup an international custodianship over Mecca and Medina and kick that filth back to the desert?

  2. “According to the deputy minister of economy of the Kingdom, Mohammed al- Tuwaijri, if measures to reform the economy were not taken, the country was doomed to bankruptcy in three to four years”. …. so $350billion given to spend on US arms……this is a Saudi Thiefdom not Kingdom ……blood for oil, steal kill and destroy……..and all share in the spoils of war…….while the people starve on both sides……..they should be breeding camels not wearing crowns

  3. Terror attacks grow by CIA/NATO presence, that is a fact, terror attacks are impossible to occur and sustain outside that realm. To stop terror attacks only one thing is needed, to change the foreign policy of United States going back to Afghanistan vs. Soviets, or, as late Gaddafi has mildly put it, nuke the City of London. In both of those cases the terrorism would stop and perish effective immediately.
    Don’t believe Saudis are that stupid to go to war with a country that pedals them more than 10 million pilgrimages per year for religious tourism, and is their only “real middle east axis” counterpart. Al-Jubeir even mentioned it last year, “you want see us waging war with Iran”, however the speculations continue and now we have war in Yemen and constant bashing of the Shia. If Saudi Arabia and Iran would indeed cooperate on an expected level of such cultural giants, all the Middle East wars would be impossible. UK would have to nuke them both for their mutual cooperation, that would be the only way to control their oil.

    • For pilgrims is a hardship but it is hardly a hardship for blinded window Toyota jeeps air condition driving princes from Jeddah. If Mecca can accomodate millions of pilgrims how it cannot accomodate millions of Muslim refugees, but instead in coop with Saudi royalty offers to build hundreds of mosques abroad. Mecca for their hosts is a tourist destination, otherwise they would seek to come to aid to those Muslim brothers who are perishing throughout Middle East.

  4. I hope between Syria, Iran and Russia they exterminate all terrorist invaders ..including the Saudis and all the other Zionist owned useful idiot countries like the USA! We are the terrorists in the ME just like Israhell! It’s is disgusting to me that in this day and age we are still waging war on innocent countries to prop up our insidious economy. All these Devils in the game just can’t seem to evolve….so stupid, shameful and sad!

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