June 22, 2012

The Saudi End Game for Iran

Brian Downing, Asia Times

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The United States, European Union, and Israel would like to encourage democratic political change in Iran, replacing the mullahs and generals with fairly elected figures. That course has no such appeal to Saudi Arabia. Unable to destroy Iran, protracted weakening of the state is within the Saudis' grasp - though lording it over its Gulf neighbors would not be wise use of Riyadh's power and hegemony.

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