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Monday, November 27, 2017

John Jenkins, New Statesman: Since the fall of Saddam Hussein in Iraq, Iran has become ever more powerful in the region. But now a new Saudi-led alliance is fighting back. Are we heading for a catastrophe? What we are seeing is the eruption of a previously submerged rivalry between an expansionist Iran and a historically cautious Saudi Arabia that has been years in the making. The rivalry flows from Lebanon through Syria and Iraq, across to Bahrain, Oman and Yemen and up the Red Sea. It also affects Pakistan and Afghanistan.

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What we are seeing is the belated eruption of a previously submerged rivalry between an expansionist Iran and a historically cautious and reactive Saudi Arabia that has been years in the making. The rivalry flows through most of the Middle East, from Lebanon, through Syria and Iraq, across to Bahrain, Oman and Yemen and up the Red Sea. It also affects Pakistan and Afghanistan.

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The present ME situation is almost wholly the creation of one under-educated, under-curious, under-Americanized alleged Texan.

Only God knows what the current Under Dog will bring us.

#1 | Posted by Zed at 2017-11-26 10:06 AM | Reply

"All this is leading some to claim that we are about to witness a new general war in the Middle East, involving Israel, Saudi Arabia and other Gulf states on one side and Iran, Hezbollah and its other subalterns on the other."

Yeah, it does smell like war to me. But it might just end up being a low-intensity conflict that just keeps dragging on, like it has since the 8th century.

#2 | Posted by HeliumRat at 2017-11-26 01:41 PM | Reply

It also affects Pakistan and Afghanistan.

Proof-positive this article was written by a moron.

Ignore....

#3 | Posted by J_Tremain at 2017-11-26 02:56 PM | Reply

A war between Iran and Saudi Arabia + Israel will be short lived as Israel and Saudi Arabia have some of the best military equipment money can buy.

Also. Does Hezbolla exist anymore?

#4 | Posted by ClownShack at 2017-11-26 03:00 PM | Reply

"Does Hezbolla exist anymore?"

You betcha.

#5 | Posted by Doc_Sarvis at 2017-11-27 07:39 AM | Reply

Tehran Is Winning the War for Control of the Middle East
And there's no indication that, despite Mohammed bin Salman's bold moves, Saudi Arabia stands a chance of turning the tide

foreignpolicy.com

#6 | Posted by Doc_Sarvis at 2017-11-27 07:40 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

The war is already going on. It's just not being fought in Israel, Saudi Arabia, nor Iran.

They are doing exactly what super powers do, fighting in proxy states.

#7 | Posted by sitzkrieg at 2017-11-27 10:54 AM | Reply

The present ME situation is almost wholly the creation of one under-educated, under-curious, under-Americanized alleged Texan.

I didn't realize that JTosseRigelMain was responsible for all this!!!

#8 | Posted by Rightocenter at 2017-11-27 07:17 PM | Reply | Funny: 1

Jared will have this whole thing solved by hanukkah. He's just amazing. Thousands of years of arguing among Arab tribes and a Jew, wet behind the ears, comes along and fixes the whole thing! It will be something to watch...

#9 | Posted by catdog at 2017-11-27 08:47 PM | Reply

A war between Iran and Saudi Arabia + Israel will be short lived as Israel and Saudi Arabia have some of the best military equipment money can buy.

#4 | POSTED BY CLOWNSHACK AT 2017-11-26 03:00 PM | FLAG:

The Saudis can't beat the Houthis. They've been trying for years and have made effectively zero headway. The Houthis managed to smuggle in an entire ballistic missile and there are ample videos of them popping Saudi tanks.

Having the best military equipment is irrelevant if it's not built to work with your societies culture.

#10 | Posted by sitzkrieg at 2017-11-28 08:50 AM | Reply

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What we are seeing is the eruption of a previously submerged rivalry between an expansionist Iran and a historically cautious Saudi Arabia that has been years in the making.

What we are seeing is the next phase in an ongoing conflict that has pitted Arabs against Persians for thousands of years.

The present ME situation is almost wholly the creation of one under-educated, under-curious, under-Americanized alleged Texan.

Discounting millennia of ethnic feuding, the present ME situation is a result of the French and British divvying up the Middle East after the defeat of the Ottoman Empire in WWI. Every other action taken by Western powers in the Middle East since then pale in comparison.

#11 | Posted by MUSTANG at 2017-11-28 09:16 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

What we are seeing is the next phase in an ongoing conflict that has pitted Arabs against Persians for thousands of years. ~ Mustang

This is what happens when Colonialism dies, and Hegemony falters. Local rivalries come back to life ....

#12 | Posted by AndreaMackris at 2017-11-28 10:52 AM | Reply

The present ME situation is almost wholly the creation of one under-educated, under-curious, under-Americanized alleged Texan.

Whoever wrote this suffers from chronological snobbery.

#13 | Posted by AndreaMackris at 2017-11-28 10:53 AM | Reply

"The present ME situation is almost wholly the creation of one under-educated, under-curious, under-Americanized alleged Texan."

Whoever wrote this suffers from chronological snobbery.

#13 | POSTED BY ANDREAMACKRIS

I always forget you like to pretend Dubya didn't happen.

#14 | Posted by Sycophant at 2017-11-28 10:54 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

Once you understand the Israel, Neo Con and Greater Israel Project train of thought... the whole mess in the ME makes a lot of sense. The moves being made are not mistakes or goofs.

The end game is a land grab by destabilizing the middle east countries that can contest - politically, militarily or otherwise Israels supreme power and objectives to be the big kahuna in the region.

It's not "new". This has been going on for quite sometime. documented.

www.youtube.com

#15 | Posted by AuntieSocial at 2017-11-29 12:34 PM | Reply

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