The most curious question about last weekend’s destruction of Saudi Arabian oil infrastructure was not who carried it out, or even how, but why it occurred at this particular juncture.
Saudi Arabia and Iran – the almost-certain aggressor given both intent and ability to carry out such an attack – have been shadow boxing with each other for some years in pursuit of the goal of Middle Eastern hegemony.
Proxy wars in Yemen and Syria, and the battle for influence in Iraq and Lebanon, are an established feature of the contemporary Middle Eastern reality.
But thus far, the Sunni and Shia heavyweights had maintained a respectful distance when it came to attacks on each other’s soil. This uneasy truce has now been shattered, and the ramifications extend far beyond the immediate Gulf region, to the UK and across the west.
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