A panicky Saudi Arabia has now openly seized the banner of outspoken
opposition to Iran across the Muslim world, surpassing even Washington’s
long and obsessive Iran-centered interpretation of Middle East events.
Riyadh is perpetuating a false ― and hence dangerously misleading ―
reading of key regional issues.
The Saudi Kingdom grows understandably fearful as “stable”
autocratic rule in the region now faces the severest threats since the
heyday of Arab nationalist revolution half a century ago. The Saudi
regime has chosen to single out Iran as the primary source of populist
agitation and revolution. This in itself is an irony since Iran’s own
regime ― a complex, messy, unpleasant, fractured and opaque blend of
autocracy and quasi-democratic institutions ― faces threats from
domestic forces that demand greater openness.
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