Is IRAN a breathing space for the SAUDIS? – VisualPolitik EN


Let’s make an experiment… Just go and google this two words: DONALD
TRUMP. What do you get? I’m sure you will find lots of results about
his latest tweet, his latest bold statement or his latest sexual scandal. But perhaps you will have to go to the second
or third page to find something about what appears to be one of his biggest political
bets. We are talking about something that might
change the international economy, the price of oil and the fate of two countries. Yes, my dear viewers, I’m talking about
the IRAN SANCTIONS. This is such a complex matter that we will
make not one, nor two but three videos to cover all the caveats. In Today’s video we will focus on one question:
what does the nuclear program has to do with the price of oil? At the end of this video, you will see where
I’m coming from. As every good story, we should start by introducing
the characters. The first one is, of course, the Islamic Republic
of Iran: a country known by the Persian carpets, the uranium enrichment and… Oil! Yes, Iran has the forth largest dinosaur juice
reserves on the planet. But not only that! If you’ve been subscribed to VisualPolitik
for a long time, you already know that there are different types of crude oil. For example, if you want to extract an oil
barrel in Scotland, at the North See, you gotta build a sea platform, make a super deep
hole that goes below the bottom of the ocean and spend a use rocket technology to refine
it. In total, a barrel has an extraction cost
of more than 44 dollars. In Iran, the extraction cost is smaller than
a fourth of that. Alongside with Saudi Arabia, they have the
cheapest oil on the planet. So what is their problem? Well… they just can’t sell it to most
of the countries. Iran’s economy is virtually isolated from
the rest of the World. This means they can only export 3 million
barrels a day. It might seem like a lot but this is nothing
if we compare it with the 10 million barrels sold by Saudi Arabia. So now you might wonder… who is Iran’s
worst enemy? Yes, I know what you are thinking… America, right? Well… you are wrong. Iran’s arch enemy is, of course, Saudi Arabia. Yes, I know… both countries are muslim,
both countries follow strict religious principles and both countries consider human Rights as…
optional. But not all the Islam is the same. In Iran they are SHIA muslims while Saudi
Arabia is a SUNNI muslim country. So, in summary, they hate each other. But this is another story for another video. So what’s Saudi Arabia’s problem? Well… despite having oil and lots of money,
their economy is at the edge of collapse. Basically, they spend all their money in living
like a hip hop artist on a Friday night. And since they don’t export anything else
than oil, anytime the price of the barrel goes down on the market, their economy goes
panic. So now you might wonder… Who is Saudi Arabia’s best friend? Well… this is when America gets into the
picture. OK, OK, the relationship between Uncle Sam
and the Saudi Royal house is not as wonderful as it seems from the outside. During the Obama administration, the White
House put some pressure on the Saudis and tried to close ties with Iran. This is how the nuclear deal came about. But now the president is Donald Trump. And since he put a foot on the Oval House,
Trump made clear who is his ally in the Middle East. This is why on his first official trip he
went to RIYADH, the Saudi capital. Even now, alter the alleged murder of a Saudi
journalist in Turkey, Donald Trump is trying to avoid making a firm condemn. But the best proof of his friendship with
the Saudi Royal House are the Iran nuclear sanctions. Yes, you heard this right. So now you might wonder… what does Saudi
Arabia has to do with the Iran sanction? What does oil have to do with all of this? Today we are going to answer to all of this
questions but, before we do, let’s take a look back at history. A POLITICAL BOMB Remember this date: April 2015. In this moment, Barack Obama signed the Iran
nuclear deal. Basically, on this agreement, America, China,
Russia and the European Union said they would start trading with Iran if they stop their
nuclear bomb program. This explains why, from one day to the other,
oil exports from Iran almost doubled. Just look at this chart. Prior to Obama’s deal, Iran was exporting
1.8 million barrels a day. After the deal Iran went to as much as 3 million
barrels. Y eso explica que, de la noche a la mañana,
las ventas de petróleo de Irán prácticamente se duplicaran. Fijaos en esta gráfica. Their new clients were Spain, France and other
European countries. And what happens when the oil supply increases
on the international market? Well, the oil barrel price drops. Just look at this other chart. In the moment the deal was signed, the BRENT
barrel was 67 USD. Just on year later, it was half as cheap. Of course, there are many other reasons to
explain this price drop. But, definitely, Iran was one of them. Nonetheles… wait a minute because this is
just the beginning of the story! If you’ve been subscribed to VisualPolitik
for a long time, you already know how hard it is to extract oil. You need technology, companies and, specially… MONEY! In other words, if the National Iranian Oil
Company wants to produce more oil barrels, they need investors. And in this moment is when the real financial
bomb was dropped! Saudi Arabia is considering an IPO of Aramco,
probably the world’s most valuable company But let’s pause it there… Why are this news so important? Well… let’s rewind for a moment… A FINANCIAL EXPLOSION I’m gonna make you a question… who is
the World’s biggest company? Many of you might think of Apple, Coca Cola
or some bank, right? Well… none of those. The World biggest company is called ARAMCO. This is the national oil company from Saudi
Arabia. However, don’t waste your time finding them
on any stock market: they are just not public. ARAMCO is owned by the Saudi royal family. Nonetheless, having the World’s biggest
company doesn’t mean you cannot go bankrupt. You see, as the oil prices go down, Saudi
Arabia is in dire straits. They just need to diversify their economy:
live from other things apart from petroleum. And how can you do this? Easy! Starting your own hedge fund! Saudi Arabia wants to build a $2 trillion
mega-fund This means the Saudi Government wants to start
investing Money in other companies. Weird as it seems, this won’t be the first
time a whole country invest on businesses. In fact, the World biggest hedge fund belongs
to the Norwegian government. The saudies just wanna make something similar. The problem? They need Money. Where do they get that Money? Easy! When you have the property of the World biggest
company, you just need to sell 5% of it on the stock market and you will get all the
cash you need. This way, Saudi Royal family would kill two
birds with one stone: first, they made money, second, they kept Iranian from getting that
juicy investor’s money. Do you remember when I told you that, in 2016,
Iran wanted investors to build new oil rigs? Well, before those investors would consider
Iran, Arabia Saudita wanted to put a sweeter candy in front of their eyes: ARAMCO. But wait a minute because not everything is
that easy! You see… listing a company on the stock
market is great because, out of a sudden, you get a lot of cash. But there is a problem: everyone must be able
to check your balances. Nobody would buy stocks from your company
if they don’t know, exactly, how much money you got, where and how do you spend it. In other words… you gotta be transparent. And this is, exactly, the least favourite
word of the Saudi Royal House. During decades, the Saudi monarchs have been
using ARAMCO as they wanted: parties, luxury and… well… the kind of things you don’t
want anyone to know. But this is not the only problem. According to the Prince Muhammad Bin Salman,
also known as MBS, ARAMCO is worth 2 trillions dollars. That means that this 5% he wants to sell would
worth 100 billions. Nonetheless, as soon as he started talking
about the IPO, all this financial analyst started making their own estimations and they
said… Two trillion bucks!?!?!? With the price of oil falling like this? Oh, come on, Prince Salman! You gotta be dreaming… look, ARAMCO might
worth 1.2 trillion… 1.5 if we are optimistic but… that all,
man! In other words, that financial explosion ARAMCO
IPO was meant to be became just a nice buzzword… During the last year, anytime Prince Salman
was asked about this, he said things like… Oh, yeah… yeah man… we gotta do this but…
maybe another day, you see… like… today I’m kinda busy… this week I gotta do…
you know… like… stuff… But wait a minute! Because this is not the end of the story! A CRATER ON THE MARKET Remember this date: May 2018. This is the moment when Trump broke the Iran
deal and announced new economic sanctions. But not only that! He also promised secondary sanctions against
those countries that would not comply. In other words, if any country wants to buy
oil from Iran… well… they will have to deal with Uncle Sam. And this includes European Union. Other countries such as China have already
said they will not listen to Trump and they will keep buying oil from Iran. India, their second largest client, has said
they will try to reduce their imports but… they can’t stop 100% buying oil from the
country of the Ayatolahs. Nonetheless in seems that EU will have to
follow Donald Trump to the letter even if they don’t want to. But this is a matter for the next video. The truth is… nowadays, Europe is buying
more than 1 million barrels to Iran. Every day. This means, if we put Iran out of the equation,
we have a whole of 1 million barrels that somebody has to fill. Because one thing is clear: everybody needs
dinosaur juice. And guess who is more than happy to fill that
void? Exactly! Trump Pressures Saudi Arabia to Increase Oil
Production Nevertheless, Saudi Arabia has just increased
its production in 600,000 barrels. Russia has done it by 200,000. If you do the math, you get 800,000 barrels…
we still need more production to fill that void! And do you remember what happens when we reduce
the oil offering on the international market? Exactly! Oil barrel price goes… UP! Let’s go back to the BRENT chart. If you pay attention, you will see that right
alter Trump started talkig about the Iran sanctions, the dino juice has gone til the
80 USD. In other words, things are starting to go
really, really good to Saudi’s economy. Saudi Arabia’s Sovereign Wealth Fund Raises
$11 Billion Loan So what does this mean? Well… two things. On one hand, the Saudi Royal Family has now
a lot more of breathing space for that ARAMCO IPO. The company is profitable enough so they can
wait for going to the stock market. On the other hand, if they could keep the
oil barrel at 80 USD, it would be way easier to make the initial valuation closer to 2
trillion dollars. And this explains news like this one. Saudi crown prince says IPO for oil giant
Aramco will happen by early 2021 Meanwhile, there are two things we should
cover. First, the Islamic Republic of Iran is at
the edge of economic collapse. This is leading to protests, social unrest
and an authoritarian regime that is on a very bad moment. Second, we have the big question… Is EU going to comply with Trump’s sanctions? The debate couldn’t be more hot nowadays. EU acts to protect firms from Donald Trump’s
sanctions against Iran So now the question is… Do you think we are at the beginning of the
end of the Ayatolah regime? Do you think European Union will keep buying
oil from Iran? We would love to read your theories and, in
the following videos, we will see how much do they match ours. Also visit the RECONSIDER MEDIA website, the
podcast that provided the vocals on this episode that were not mine. In the meantime, don’t forget we publish
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100 thoughts on “Is IRAN a breathing space for the SAUDIS? – VisualPolitik EN”

  1. Where in the world did you find that Outrageous, loud, Color Eye-Blasting Shirt??? Can you just put on a shirt that makes some sort of sense??? thank you! Your channel is very good and informative!!! Good Job.

  2. As an American, I do not have any trust in either Saudi Arabia or Iran, they are both hostile governments whether stated publicly or privately.

  3. So basically, the U.S criminal mafia can't extort from Iran, hence the sanctions. The Saudis are willing to sell their country in exchange for protection. They are obliged to sell their oil only in USD (sadam and gadaffi fatally experimented with euros/gold), and hold us treasury debt and dollars – toilet paper enforced by guns, tanks and bombs, which the Saudis are also obliged to buy and hoard and eventually retire, all the while keeping a US military industrial complex thriving and hatching plans for new conflicts and geo political turmoil. Trump is a businessman, he will most certainly have made a deal with the Saudis for a nice cut of the extra barrel production with Iran out of the picture due to sanctions. Iran also doesn't buy weapons from US, but rather Russia,, another thing the us gangsters can't be happy with. So why wouldn't trump insist the EU enforces the sanctions too. It's just business. It's always about the money, just follow the money trail. Of course the fake news will dress all this up with Iran as the baddie, use the usual buzzwords: terrorism, Islamic extremism, nuclear programmes etc. Welcome to our wonderful plane of existence.

  4. In a few years, Oil will be passé. Solar is on the way to taking over. Oil is heading for $10/barrel. The Saudies will end up humping their camels.

  5. USA easily broke a international deal with Iran and five other countries backed by the UN, this means USA SIGNATURE is WORTHLESS in the eye of the people of the world especially Iran.

  6. Dinosaur juice….sounds nice, but oil is made from marine life that died before the dinosaurs, try again, if you value credibility

  7. There are millions of Sunnis living in Iran. Almost the entire Kurdistan region are Sunni. The tension between Iran and the Saudi is that the Saudis fund and support radical Islam which is Wahhabism. They arm radical muslims such as ISIS, Taliban and Alqaida to spread their ideology in the region. All Iran did was to fight against those terrorists as if Iran did not do that ISIS and Alqaida would have taken control of Syria and Iraq, then Iran would be the next target! Saudis are burning in the ass because they see Iran is impeding them from reaching their evil goals

  8. Saudi Arabia is a country run my one family, called house of Saudi, expats are slaves to local, and locals are slaves to Royal family and Royal family is slaves to the US and Europe.

  9. Very entertaining and informative, thank you for your excellent work. I will recommend your videos to my teen child, for her to get to know how the world works, and to have solid opinions when joining an interesting conversation about world affairs.

  10. It is not dino juice. Check out the science. Russia proved long ago oil is naturally produced in the Earth's crust.

  11. let alone trusting the saudis… like on tax. Sell out 5%, then raise the aramco tax despite promising not to. Or justplain diverting money to various "purchases"… all with that 95% share. Just like facebook is managed btw. Minority shareholders have no rights.

    So in short the only realistic investor into saudis would be the communist police state of china with nukes and as part of the deal also placing nukes and a few divisions of army units in arabia just to make sure saudis dont alter the contract. Force is the only way in the end to keep an eye on those shifty arabs.

    All of which would in the end mean the 5% share would include a golden share in effect if not legally. And that in turn is a bit more than what the saudis were gambling for. And thus unsurprisingly the deal is off.

  12. The Saudis donated heavily to Hillary Clinton during the election….lets not forget that huge fact VP

  13. Oil is not a fossil fuel that is often found hundreds, even thousands of feet underground. No rotting foliage, or dinosaurs decomposition could ever be so deep. This hypothesis was created to minimize the permanent damage created within the earths mantel. Moreover, oil is the planets natural lubrication created to help the tectonic plates move smoothly.. This is why seismic actively is becoming more frequently severe. The movements of the continental shelf's are more course and rough as they grind, gouge and scrape over each other. This is causing permanent damage, all the way to the earths core. The ramifications of removing all the oil, and dumping it into the air, is pure insanity on a global scale.

  14. trump is so much better than obama hes was vthe worst presd. we ever had and him and clintion will end up in prison

  15. Iran is the most disgusting country in the world, all of the problems in the world Iran is behind it

  16. If Saudi Arabia get's rich, it will fund radical islamic terrorism . This will increase the unrest in middle east which will in turn increase the sales of weapons to both governments and terrorists. Which ofcourse come from American companies. That's the whole equation.

  17. If Saudi produces the cheapest per barrel price of oil, when the oil price falls they should get a bigger share of the market as other oil producers become less profitable. Why aren't other countries that produce oil at a higher per barrel price not complaining. Something does not make sense here.

  18. he gives to much fake information Iran has the first large gas reserved in the world we are not only depending on oil if it was only oil like Iraq with sanctions we could be destroyed like sadam ages ago actually you tolking shit because you have no any deep in formations about Iran you get fake information from other fake suarces and you believe you know everything but you are not go study more about Iran and then you come and give your views most of your talk is rubbish nothing else

  19. Sunnis and Shias do not hate each other.

    Saudis and Iranians do not hate each other.

    The governments do hate each other.

    Saudi Arabia is a lot more modern and easier to live in, just follow its simple rules. Dont fucking drink alcohol and for women wear a long dress to cover your body.. is that a problem?

  20. Iran Iraq border is one of the most stable borders in the world since the Ottoman Empire signed an agreement with Iran in 1638. Any attempts to violate this border ended up in frustration

  21. Your Video needs Correction : Saudis are Wahabi and according Sunni Muslim scholars that is not Islam but a Satanic Faith.

  22. Crude oil is not dinosaur Juice, it was formed from creatures that lived hundreds of millions of years before the first dinosaurs. Joke isnt funny if its based on flawed info ;P.

  23. No, Iran's arch enemy is Israel and its big daddy uncle SAM of course. The stupid Saudis are just a pawn in the great game to attack and destroy one of the few Muslim countries that are doing well, on the lines of western countries. These are Turkey, Iran and Malaysia. I am not including such places as Dubai which is rather an artificial place without history. Saudi support of Israel and uncle SAM is nothing short of criminal.

  24. Globalists Vampires.. it's not Iran . Turkey and China will continue to buy Iran's oils regardless . The Saudi are just the US Depts Dogs to keep the Petro-dollars alive .

  25. (Saudi Prince) Transparency, that's a filthy word Hakim, and I will not tolerate it in this household!!!!

  26. Not really a republic with an authoritarian shariah law, it’s a fake republic especially if Saudi Arabia (the birth place of Islam )condemns it. Iran read the quaran check yourself before you reck you’re self then read the Bible after and asked Jehovah for guidance.

  27. Please leave the new generation in in the middle East live in peace you want money take it with out war

  28. If you build a straighter (directionally as I do not care about other definitions) pipeline across Canada, & MANY Canadian fuel/natural gas-related engineers agree, that they would NEVER have to import again. Both they & the USA have more remaining reserves than some Middle Eastern places. Maybe the WEST really needs better logistics, security, & processing plants.

  29. Come on Simon if you think Saudi Vs Iran hate is about religion you are either misinformed or stupid…

  30. There is a problem with subtitle, It adds some words to the narrative such as B○MB when in the video there isn't such word @ 5:23 to be exact in the sentence "if they stop their nuclear ** programs".

  31. Iran should just stick to its oil until it runs out of everywhere else. Like, Iran should start promoting green energy. They have loads of potential for solar power. They have the scientific capacity to develop best technology in the world.

  32. Pay attention to this GENUINE PROPHECY of Isaiah 33:7*-14*: 1) Treaties Broken (TPP, JCPOA, Paris Agreement, INF with Russia, etc) 2) Witnesses Despised (Micahel Chen detailing how he paid "hush money" to a porn queen so some TV Joker with quick fingers become chief mouthpiece for the free world. 3) Lebanon ashamed ( she asks the SHIA HEZBOLLAH Terrorists to "leave" ), 4) God arises after many troubles and :"envoys of peace weeping bitter tears", 4) God Himself arises and people are burnt to lime and neighboring small nations are "scattered" as MECCA goes up in a giant red MUSHROOM CLOUD
    (OMG) 5) It appears that the Shia rebels in Iran somehow got their hands on an H-BOMB (from some if Iran's less reputable friends and backers, obviously) and they somehow manage to fit it on an old scud missile left over from the Iran'Iraq war (Ouch! =-—> It will land on Mecca and VAPORIZE that famous house of prayer, causing all those puffy little white clouds that said so peacefully over the Middle East to suddenly SHUDDER and BLUSH (as the initial shock wave strikes them) followed by the unfolding of a humongous red mushrooms cloud actually TEN TIMES LARGER than Mt. Everest (that's no fire you can warm your finger on, folks– and it's IN THE BIBLE (Jeremiah 2:12-19, 26-31*, Isaiah 44:8, 45:18-19 & Isaiah 41:26-29***). And Trump cannot call the Bible "false facts", for he was sworn in on it. (A pity he was led astray by someone from overseas, one of those nasty men who says "Peace, peace" to those who HATE GOD (Jeremiah 23:17-22).5) That fiery explosion was the "Sting of a dying Yemeni Scorpion", one who felt his Shia religion was being threatened and do he placed a NUCLEAR DAGGER directly into the heart of Sunni Islam, namely MECCA. 6) In ZION, the sinners will all be TERRIFIED, for the nuke went off but several hundred miles away, and now that HOT-HOT W I N D loaded with FALLOUT is blowing their way (Jeremiah 4:10-12 "A SCORCHING WIND coming toward tiny Israel, from the BARREN HEIGHTS OF THE DESERT — get now, Rabbi? Well read on: Jeremiah 4:26-31 "Why do you dress in SCARLET? Your friends and lovers SEEK YOUR LIFE (OMG just think of all those pesky neighbors THROWING STONES AGAIN, Lamentations 1:13-17*. 2:14-17 & 3:50-52 "they threw STONES at me"
    (did they really do that in ANCIENT TIMES, or is that for MODERN MUSLIMS TODAY), 4:12-17 indicates America and Russia will not start a nuclear WWIII over a spilled bowl of MILK & HONEY — get it Rabbi?
    You dear pal Donald raised you to a great height but then LIED & BETRAYED YOU (after ll he has HUGE DEALS with those wealthy Arabs, and he csnnot fight on your side against them for that reason — get bit Rabbi. Who then is you ONE RELIABLE F FR I E N D ? (Isn't it Y H W H — your GOD ? ? ? An d hat did your ancient ancestors do whenever they found themselves in VERY DEEP TROUBLE ? ? ? Why. . .
    they blew the SHOFAR HORN. announced a H O L Y F A S T , a period of souls searching and earnestly returning to the ONE GOD OF ABRAHAM . . . the One who appeared to MOSES and gave him the LAW and the TEN COMMANDMENTS. Where do you suppose YHWH disappeared to after giving MOSES those TEN COMMANDMENTS? Didn't your grandfather sit you down beside him and explain all that for you when you were small? God fills the entire HEAVENS & EARTH (Jeremiah 23:23-24*) And he cares for you, more than a mother cares for her baby. Yet if any human forsakes GOD, GOD will then also forsake him. But if a person repents and tells God he is sorry, well — ( WILL ALSO SEEK HIM OUT. It's that simple, as Azariah once told Asa (2nd Chronicles 15:2*-6 + 1st Samuel 16:7 + Jeremiah 4:4 + 17:9-10* + Deuteronomy 4:29-31 "In the latter days. . .when you are in deep trouble, THEN you will seek your GOD…you will RETURN to your GOD and HE IS A MERCIFUL GOD; he will NOT ABANDON YOU OR DESTROY YOU OR FORGET THE COVENANT WITH YOUR FOREFATHERS….
    So-what are you waiting for? Be prepared to MEET YOUR GOD, this is "GOOD NEWS" FOR WILL NEVER REJECT OR FORSAKE HIS INHERITANCE (Psalm 94:14*). And all who slandered GOD and said his HOLY SPIRIT was "HELL" or "unclean" are to be damned eternally (i.e. BANNED from heaven [Deut. 27:24], which is the REAL ZION – the real "promised land" (Isaiah 33:20-24*). I rest my case, Rabbi, by quoting from the PROPHET MICAH, who said :"WHO IS A GOD like the God of Abraham — for he doesn't stay angry forever– but he delights in mercy (Micah 7:18-20). RETURN, O HOUSE OF ISRAEL and pour out your hearts to GOD — and HE'LL COME DOWN and protect JERUSALEM (like birds circling). Psalm 62:8!
    (SHALOM — to those NEARBY . . . and ALSO GO THOSE FAR AWAY — get it? Isaiah 57:19-21). and please time with your children and teach them to avoid the wicked one dressed in red, Proverbs 1:10-16).

  33. Hello, im from iran i carefully study current situation
    Eu wont help at all, they didnt do any thing in favor of saving agreements on nuclear despite iran did every rhing past year, we also accept pressure, and we will surely become strong if we dont die from that

  34. Trump has a deal with Saudi, " Screw Iran for say a decade….make money in the time". Unfair? So what?

  35. stop repeating the same old disk of Sunni and Shia
    it's all about Iran trying to Invade the gulf and Saudis trying to protect their allies(jews) in the area
    it's a west VS east kind of thing

  36. It's still about oil. US will protect Saudi Arabia, which they have good control. SA also supports the Petrodollar.

  37. Actually, Venezuela had a sovereign wealth fund but the combination of the Saudi oil price drop they engineered with us to harm the Russians, and our sanctions, which began in 2014 (Obama named them a 'security risk' – like the Vz army was going to invade. Duh) But then, they have the biggest oil reserves on the planet so we must free their people (OIL).

  38. Saudi's benefit is just one spin off from the situation. The west and Trump in particular have lots of conflicts of interest with the Islamic Republic of Iran. Leaving aside the bad blood between US/Iran over history which is well recognised. One issue is the Israeli interest – that since most Arab governments have either been beaten into submission not to threaten Israel or are under strong western influence not to, only Syria & Iran remain as strong opponents of Israel. Trump has a daughter who converted to Judaism who is married to a major Israel lobbyist. Through this Trump has become a supporter of Netanyahu who has for years been pushing for vigorous western action to help Israel maintain its nuclear monopoly in the Middle East, which is the key stone to its regional military supremacy. A second issue is the long standing tensions between Sunni-Shia which really re-ignited after the Iranian revolution of 1978/79. US policy in the ME seriously back fired by greatly strengthening Iranian influence in the region. The US invasion overthrew Saddam a Sunni military dictator and installed democracy. As 60% of the population of Iraq is Shia Arab, the result was going to be a Shia dominated Iraq. Worse many of the key Shia politicians who came to power in Baghdad had been given support by Iran during the Saddam years and are politically very close to Iran. Socially and culturally Iraqi Shia regard Iranians as their brothers. The regional outcome was a crescent of Shia power Tehran-Baghdad-Damascus, led by Iran. This shifted the Sunni-Shia power balance in the region against the Sunni. Conservative, wealthy and powerful Sunni Gulf monarchies, notably Qatar and Saudi Arabia, began to organise radical Sunni extremist groups such as AQI, which ultimately led to IS. The aim in Iraq was to weaken the Shia dominated state, in Syria and Libya the aim was to overthrow pro-Iran regimes. The idea being to isolate and weaken Iran restoring the power balance. In Syria Saudi backed groups like Jaysh Il-Islaam and Qatar backed groups like Ahrar Asshaam, while Turkey and the US/UK helped anti-Assad groups with arms supplies via Turkey and Jordan funded by Qatar and Saudi. The US itself has designs on Iran. Iran has some of the biggest oil and gas reserves with great potential for growth and development. The Iranian oil/gas industry is completely nationalised, US energy companies would like to break Iran open, the way they broke Iraq open, so they can add Iran's oil reserves to their own and also greatly profit from the potential dynamic growth of this sector. Western oil companies are depleting reserves faster than they are finding them, this is undermining the values of their companies. Adding new oil reserves gives an instant boost to an oil company's value. I have not bothered to mention the obvious popularity of war with US defence contractors. So Israel, Saudi and US hawks are all pushing for the take down of Iran in some way.

  39. It's a strange world when Western democracies must rely on an authoritative dictatorship.
    But these are the times.

  40. So what your saying is the sanctions on iran is to choke their oil exports in ordwr to drive up the price of oil from the Saudi's wow collusion

  41. One thing to remember is that Iran isn't as fragile as Saudi. Iran is an ancient civilisation that has had thousands of years to form the idea of National Identity. Saudi has only had 100 or so years since independence from the Ottomans. Not to mention Iran has a larger population and a better industrial base. True, Iran isn't on par with Europe, China or Russia, Japan or even Australia or Canada, much less US, but it's easily enough to outcompete Saudi.

  42. Anyone who doesn’t think Iran is trying to build a nuke is either stupid or lying to themselves. Any one who doesn’t think there first target will be Saudi Arabia or Israel is also a moron

  43. You cry about one stupid journalist.
    But how many journalists are killed by Turkey and Iran? In fact Turkey has the biggest jail for journalists.

  44. When Obama sign the deal and give billions to Iran, they spend it ruining Iraq, Syria, Afgan and Yemen and fund Terrorists in Africa and Europe.

  45. We all know about Sunni and Shia muslims.
    But does the average Sunni person in the street "hate" Shias? and vice veras.
    Or is it just the leaders and imams?

  46. Saudi Arabia is the largest weapon buyer of America.
    the petrodollar is also one of the main reason for supporting Saudi Arabia.
    I wonder this country's army is killing thousand Muslims innocent peoples in Yeman,
    spreading the hardcore Wahabi culture in mosques from which jehadi terrorists born and creates bad images all Muslims, yet many Muslim countries consider them as a leader of Muslim countries.

  47. Mind your language please because Sunni and Shia spent hate each other its government who has disagreements. And visual politik Iran doesn't hate Saudi. For your kind information they are always said about western imperialism to which they are against.

  48. President Trump is telling Americans their lives have been a lie.Is this perception or reality.????There is a reason for the madness engulfing all countries with freedoms sovereignty and freedoms.????There issues that is still looking out for the bad guys.????Iran has been a bad country before.So they will be first to FaceTime with Trump.????He is the new sheriff in town and wants to destroy Iran.????.True Iran needs more of their own badness.But at what price.????

  49. All these comments supporting Iran wtf? My hair dresser is Iranian and she hates tht country, the poor women went on the entire time about how oppressed women are in that country and how Iran is the bigger supporter of terrorism in the world

    Bombs blowing up our troops
    -funded by Iran
    Planes being hijacked
    -funded by Iran
    Lebbanons terrorist government
    -funded by Iran

    But who am I to judge I was just getting a hair cut :/

  50. Oil certainly plays an important part in the Middle East but it is not the only one. Iran considers itself as a major civilisation in that region and considers the US presence there as a threat to peace and security and the the cause of current problems in that region. Iran sees the US and other foreign forces in the Persian Gulf as as violation of their sovereignty.

  51. Iran is just one bridge too far for the Europeans and the rest of the world……it could be that the right wing Netanyahu regime in Israel is unduelly influencing the US government, in any case it looks ridiculous……Pompeo and Bolton are two clinically insane madmen…..since the end of WW11 the US has been picking wars everywhere on the planet, i seriously doubt that the Israelis had to do much persuading to talk the psychopath yanks into sponsoring another conflict…..looks like the military industrial complex has hold on the government and wars make them money.

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