1st March 2016, 12:11 PM
Saudi-iran spat | clash of titans in the middle east
SAUDI-IRAN SPAT | CLASH OF TITANS IN THE MIDDLE EAST
Power game in the Middle East has gravely threatened peace in the region. The conflicts here are to be wider and broader in spectrum. The tensions in this important part of the world not only affect the entire region but also the whole Ummah and the world at large. As generally perceived, the whole Middle Eastern conflict is all about political rivalry between Sunni and Shia sects for domination and control over resources of strategic importance. The main players of this power struggle are Saudi Arabia and Iran; respectively the world’s most important Sunni and Shiite states. Moreover, Arab-Persian rivalry is also centuries old. If one the one hand, the former considers itself as the sole custodian of the rights of the Sunnis, the latter, on the other, spearheads the protection of Shia interests.Although there exist centuries-old, deep and historic schisms between Sunnis and Shias throughout the region, yet safeguarding the sect is not the sole reason behind this chronic conflict. There are many more irritants that have marred the relationship. The heat of any conflict in the Middle East is felt across the globe because of the region’s importance in world affairs. Almost, all of the world’s powers have stakes in the region but game to control the region is dominated by Saudi-Iran rivalry. Washington and Moscow are the main international players in this game as they are out to pursue their vested interests. This power struggle will remain one of the defining and dominating features of the Middle East for decades to come.
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