Saudi Arabia has two great worries over Iran. First, that Obama is pressing ahead with the normalization process with Tehran - a “thaw” was visible at the Geneva talks on October 1- and Tehran has begun responding to US overtures.
The worst Saudi nightmare is coming true.
Saudi Arabia’s second concern is that as the civil war in Yemen has entered a crucial phase, Sana’a has sought Iranian mediation.
Iranian Foreign Minister Manouchehr Mottaki has announced plans to visit Yemen. The supreme leader’s foreign policy advisor, Ali Akbar Velayati, has already been there.
“Ambassador M K Bhadrakumar was a career diplomat in the Indian Foreign Service. His assignments included the Soviet Union, South Korea, Sri Lanka, Germany, Afghanistan, Pakistan, Uzbekistan, Kuwait and Turkey.”
Analysis. The entire article is too long to reprint here. Please go to the Asia Times on Line and read the whole article.
In line with the second concern listed above is the Yemeni government claim that the Houthi rebels want to reinstate the Zaidid Imamate.
An imamate less that 400 miles from Mecca is not to the Saudis taste. Yet the Saudis have not been able to provide sufficient assistance to the Yemeni government to put down the rebellion.
Enter Iran. You can easily tell how important this is to Iran by the level of the representative they sent. Neither Mottaki nor Velayati are second stringers. That also leads me to believe that Iran is indeed behind this uprising.
The Shiite Crescent is well on its way to becoming a Shiite oval. That would give Iran control of the Straits of Hormuz and the Red Sea. This should not be to our liking either.
Source: World Threats