October 28, 2013
AND RIGHT THEY ARE TO BE AFRAID:
Why Arabs Fear a U.S.-Iran Détente (MARWAN BISHARA, October 27, 2013, NY Times)
And that's what it boils down to: democrats vs authoritarians. Posted by Orrin Judd at October 28, 2013 9:12 PM[I]ranian-American détente will likely deepen the sectarian divisions between Iran and Saudi Arabia, setting the stage for an all-out regionwide sectarian conflict.Since its 1979 revolution, Iran has become increasingly militarized and religiously radicalized. The Shiite-Sunni tensions that fueled the Iran-Iraq War of 1980-88 have only grown worse.As the Saudi government made clear last week, authoritarian Sunni regimes in the region will probably seek to undermine -- rather than accept -- any agreement that foresees growing Iranian influence in their backyard.