World War III: Saudi Arabia vs. Iran?

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Not to oversensationalize or anything, but it is a little unsettling when the Saudis let it be known (as they have for some time now) that if (and that’s not really a very big if, is it?) Iran goes nuclear, they will too… and that they would not hesitate to intervene in Iraq’s civil war on the side of the Sunnis if Shia power gets too great… and when, at the same time, the office of the Vice President comes down hard in favor of a Shia government in Iraq, butchery of Sunnis notwithstanding… and when, finally, news that there’s a major struggle going on in the Saudi government over “a clash of civilizations” with Iran is buried on Page 14 in the New York Times. Peace on earth, everyone.

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