January 2, 2016

"Iranian protesters ransacked and set fire to part of the Saudi Embassy in Tehran on Saturday..."

"... after Saudi Arabia executed an outspoken Shiite cleric who had criticized the kingdom’s treatment of its Shiite minority."

And:
The former prime minister of Iraq, Nuri al-Maliki, has said that the execution of the prominent Shi'ite cleric Sheikh Nimr al-Nimr by Saudi Arabia will be the downfall of the Gulf kingdom's government.

52 comments:

Original Mike said...

Iranians sure don't seem to get that whole embassies-are-sacrosanct thing.

Drago said...

Again, the Ridda Wars that never ended.

Drago said...

Original Mike: "Iranians sure don't seem to get that whole embassies-are-sacrosanct thing"

Sometimes, when you are busy beheading, sexually enslaving little girls, stoning women to death and throwing homosexuals off buildings, you miss some of the more basic "teachings" of humanity.

Not to worry though.

The Western leftists continue to fall all over themselves excusing this behavior. So, you know, no biggee.

Michael K said...

I think the Saudis are sitting on a powder keg. One that they filled with dynamite and fitted the fuse to.

chickelit said...

The majority of Turks are Sunni Muslims. We have international alliances with Turkey. Maybe it's time to recheck everyone's alliances before the next world war breaks out.

Lyle Smith said...

More refugees coming! Lets get ready for them. If Saudi Arabia goes, watch out world.

madAsHell said...

I'm seeing that they forgot to take hostages.

chickelit said...

Original Mike said...Iranians sure don't seem to get that whole embassies-are-sacrosanct thing.

A Dar divided against itself cannot stand. Beware of strong horses.

Terry said...

The Iranians are acting a lot like Mohammad, aren't they?
If you ever see a guy with a t-shirt that says 'What would Mohammad do?', run the Hell away from him, 'cuz he will kill you and rape your wife.

Quaestor said...

Saudi oil production costs are about a third of Iran's break-even point. Watch for cheaper gasoline and fuel oil this winter.

coupe said...

Why is Maliki still alive? He's the man who created ISIS.

I'm pro Saudi Arabia when it comes to executing terrorists. We should do the same thing in Cuba. Be done with these savages.

Big Mike said...

Religion of Peace. Yup. Nothing more peaceable than ransacking and burning an embassy. Maybe the Saudi Wahhabis can get a taste of what we Americans felt when our embassy in Benghazi was burned.

gadfly said...

Iranians have been well trained to attack embassies at the orders of the regime - just not at all sure which regime of which country is pulling the cords behind the curtain.

Also it is easier to attack an embassy at home than it is to climb the 900 mile border fence under construction in the desert by the Saudis.

Jack Wayne said...

Proving once again the royal families disintegrate over time into mediocre people. Think Obama cares more about the Saudis or more about preserving his legacy with the Iranian deal? A betting man would be advising the Saudis to get used to looking at the bottom of the bus.

traditionalguy said...

The price of oil may be going back up soon. Good news for North Dakota.

D. B. Light said...

It will be interesting to see how the Saudis retaliate. They control much of the Sunni terrorist network.

Laslo Spatula said...

A John Lennon song quote to put the objectionable word in context (if it was said by the Saint Lennon it can't be banned, right?)

Woman is the nigger of the world
Yes she is...think about it
Woman is the nigger of the world
Think about it...do something about it


The Sunnis see the Shiites as Niggers.

The Shiites see the Sunnis as Niggers.

Everyone is a Nigger to Someone.

I will call that Laslo Law Number Four.


I am Laslo.

glenn said...

Well, at least the Saudis will put up a fight.

David Begley said...

More Sunni v Shia chaos. Coming to you for humdreds of years courtesy of the Religion of Peace!

But the Crusades, you know. High horse, get off.

Dude1394 said...

Boy...I cannot wait until the Iranians get the bomb. My oil stocks are going to make me a killing.

BN said...

Whatever, at least there's not gonna be that killer Keystone pipeline.

Bay Area Guy said...

These people are barbarians - plain and simple. We should unleash the Israeli military on them all.

BN said...

Lasllo (quoting Lennon) "Woman is the nigger of the world."

Lennon: "If ya don't believe it, take a look at the one yer with."

Things were different back then. That was before the Left took over, when free speech was ok, because it was still useful to them.

Buy guillotines.

Emil Blatz said...

The Sheikh so nice, they named him twice!

Terry said...

Not to worry! In response the latest case of undifferentiated violent extremism by people who no religion that matters, Obama has his staff working very hard to come up with new ways to disarm Americans.

Michael K said...

What we definitely want is thousands of these people here in our country. I would suggest Detroit and Baltimore.

Ambrose said...

I always wonder if we'd recognize another Franz Ferdinand moment when it occurred.

cf said...

thanks, laslo, for weaving a way to normalize a converse in our native language: Women! of course! and Saint Lennon!! Shield and armor to provision that we might dare say nigger. cannot out-nigger a woman these days, that is for damn sure. Thanks, laslo, always charming to read you.

but on this post's subject, hurray, hurray. turn turn turn, revolute yourselves, imams!

god is waiting, tapping his damn foot. revolute or we must buy machetes and practice on chickens to be ready and murder every one of you.

get it better between your selves, Your vast potential for Great Good is being lost in all this Absolute Righteousness, you silly devils. have you not learned that when you are riding the High Horse of prideful righteousness, you will always end up with your face in the mud?

I am "mute in prayer", as gandhi spoke of -- his most potent act, he claimed -- a Devoted Faithful Man you Imams could learn so much, so many things from. [ instead of killing others, outstandingly Kill only Yourselves, as the buddhist monks burned themselves to death that the Vietnam War END. only Now you could post your message to all of us on Facebook and Youtube. How moving for civilization to then pay attention, and grant you respect and an ear to your wisdom.

Otherwise, we must kill you, as i said. I am such a baby on this kind of thing, but I pray i will be ready for you. . . Or than you will revolute yourselves. Let Wisdom reign Fearlessly.

Godspeed america and the World.

cf said...

Molly Norris is not available to draw us a cartoon about this provocative subject.

thank you, obama administration.

cubanbob said...

When it comes to Arabs and Muslims fighting each other I remember what Henry Kissenger once said about the war between Saddam and the Ayatollah " too bad they both can't lose".

J. Farmer said...

I said 15 years ago that the US should use the 9/11 attack as an excuse for the long overdo reorientation of our position in the Middle East. It would have been the perfect time to jettison the Gulf Arab states in favor of a detente with Iran. Instead, we pissed away the opportunity and have actually allowed our relationships with Saudi Arabia and Pakistan to become more dependent. We've been pursuing a ridiculously childish foreign policy since the Clinton administration and don't show any signs of changing course in the near term. So utterly depressing.

Birkel said...

The Saudis are in mortal danger. They recognize Obama has given regional power to the Iranians. They executed the "cleric" knowing the Iranians would respond. Now, one wonders what these acts will bring to the region and the world.

My guess: Saudi Arabia buys nuclear weapons from somebody, perhaps the French.

mccullough said...

Excellent. Let them all kill each other. Their religion is as bad as the Aztecs'.

Sunni are the vast majority of Muslims in the world and Pakistan, mostly Synni, has a few nukes but no missiles to deliver them. Iran is close to building a nuke and has developed missile capability. So my money is on the Shia here unless the US puts a few nukes in the Holy Land of Saudi Arabia as a deterrent to the mullahs. Hopefully we finally tell them to fuck off and that you get what deserve after 9/11.

chickelit said...

Laslo Spatula said...

A John Lennon song quote to put the objectionable word in context (if it was said by the Saint Lennon it can't be banned, right?)

People cut Lennon more slack than Hagar cut for LBJ despite similar needs.

Lennon got away w/ things which today's Left regards as PC-crimes: mocking the disabled, serial monogamy, ignoring children, making lots of money.

Some people even named their kids after Lennon. Will Trump get as much?

Paul said...

If Iran goes nuts and goes to war, I won't lose any sleep if they get nukes.

Iran has gone rabid. Heck the whole Muslim world has to.

Laura said...

Seriously, Prof, Laslo started it quoting 'em lyrics and all.

Make him clean the erasers.

hoyden said...

The timeless lesson: Evil contains the seeds of its own destruction.

jr565 said...

See, Muslims? Israel is not the problem in the ME. It's Sunni vs Shia. (And then Muslims versus everyone else) if you'd get over your Jew hatred you'd notice.

jr565 said...

Chicken it wrote:
"People cut Lennon more slack than Hagar cut for LBJ despite similar needs.

Lennon got away w/ things which today's Left regards as PC-crimes: mocking the disabled, serial monogamy, ignoring children, making lots of money.

Some people even named their kids after Lennon. Will Trump get as much?"

don't forget he used to beat on his ladies. Ike turner was vilified forever, but Lennon imagined there was no heaven, and sang All you need is Love.
He did seem to change his ways (I used to be cruel to my woman I beat her and kept her apart from the things that she loved. Man, I was mean but I'm changing my scene. And I'm doing the best that I can) but there was that side of him.
The song Run for your life might be more realistic than All You Need is Love when it comes to Lennon.

Mac McConnell said...

The "Iranian protest" at the Saudi embassy was no less sanctioned and controlled by the Iranian government than ACORN, SEIU, Black Lives Matter or Occupy protest are controlled and funded by democrat operatives and this administration. Political theater is all.

Iran will have a great new year funding their proxy terrorist thanks to their Obama Bonus.

J. Farmer said...

@Birkel:

"The Saudis are in mortal danger. They recognize Obama has given regional power to the Iranians."

Iran is an extremely weak state that is nowhere close to being a "regional power." They cannot project any significant military power outside of their borders. Saudi Arabia has the third highest military budget in the world. It is number one in terms of per capita military spending, and it is number one in percent of GDP. Saudi Arabia spends about 10% of its GDP on its military budget. The Arab Gulf states all have better funded and more technologically advanced militaries than Iran.

walter said...

Mac McConnell said...Iran will have a great new year funding their proxy terrorist thanks to their Obama Bonus.
--
Stimulus Package

Original Mike said...

"Iran is an extremely weak state that is nowhere close to being a "regional power." They cannot project any significant military power outside of their borders ..."

Static analysis, which will be flipped with one bomb.

David said...

"Iran is an extremely weak state that is nowhere close to being a "regional power." They cannot project any significant military power outside of their borders."

They are doing pretty well in Iraq and in Syria via Hezbollah. I think their view is one step at a time.

They also have a huge population advantage over the Saudis. Not decisive but helpful in the long run.

But I agree with you that the Iranians are (for now) likely to come in second in a direct military conflict with the Saudis.

J. Farmer said...

@Original Mike:

"Static analysis, which will be flipped with one bomb."

First, "one bomb" would not flip the situation. The most that a single bomb would accomplish is insurance against invasion, which would be the primary motive for a bomb. That said, the Iranians are not pursuing a bomb, and the multilateral deal they agreed to severely constricts their ability to make a bomb. Iran conceded to restrictions on its nuclear activity far beyond what is permissible under the NPT. It did this because it was coerced into it by greater powers. Again, the Iranian deal is evidence for Iran's weakness, not its strength.

@David:

They are doing pretty well in Iraq and in Syria via Hezbollah. I think their view is one step at a time.

Hezbollah are not in Syria; they are based in Lebanon. And they are primary concerned with agitating the Israeli occupation. A security risk for Israel, for sure, but not a major concern in world affairs. They are doing "well" in Iraq in so much that Iraq is a majority Shia country and under representative democracy its gets a government that is amenable to Iranian interests. Another victory of the Iraq war.

As far as Syria is concerned, Iran's power in the region has declined. When Assad was in power of a coherent nation-state, he provided a real strategic alliance to Iran. Since his government has collapsed, an alliance with Assad has not only ceased to be an asset, it's become a liability, as Iran and Russia have had to provide resources in an effort to prop Assad up. The chance of Assad ever regaining control over all of Syria is slim to none.

Sammy Finkelman said...

Saudi Arabia just opened its first embassy in Iraq in 25 years (since Saddam Hussein invaded Kuwait)

They are now officially breaking diplomatic relations with Iran.

Sammy Finkelman said...

Michael K said...1/2/16, 9:07 PM

What we definitely want is thousands of these people here in our country. I would suggest Detroit and Baltimore.

It would be dishonorable to invite them over to get killed.

Even though America needs crime victims, who will otherwise be native-born Americans.


Original Mike said...

"That said, the Iranians are not pursuing a bomb..."

{chuckle}

J. Farmer said...

@Original Mike:

"That said, the Iranians are not pursuing a bomb..."

{chuckle}


Neither US nor Israeli intelligence believes that Iran is pursuing a bomb. Do you know something they don't?

Original Mike said...

"Neither US nor Israeli intelligence believes that Iran is pursuing a bomb."

Right. Their just "positioning" themselves to be able to build one on short notice.

Lenin had a name for people like you.

Gahrie said...

Lenin had a name for people like you.

Yeah..useful dupe and collaborator.

J. Farmer said...

@Original Mike:

"Right. Their just "positioning" themselves to be able to build one on short notice."

Any country that has nuclear power capability can do that, and Iran has a right to a nuclear program under the NPT. The nuclear deal increase the breakout time for a bomb.

@Gahrie:

"Yeah..useful dupe and collaborator."

The phrase is "useful idiot," and it was never uttered by Lenin. So when Israeli intelligence concludes that Iran is not building a bomb, are they being "useful dupes and collaborators" too?