US Concerned About Iranian Threats To Saudi Arabia

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The Facts

  • In response to reports of Iranian threats against Saudi Arabia, the US announced on Tuesday that Washington would not "hesitate to act" to protect US interests and those of its allies.

  • Saudi Arabia and the US suspect Iran is planning an attack on Saudi energy infrastructure as Tehran accuses Riyadh of fueling protests in Iran. Without providing further specifics, the Pentagon said it was concerned about the regional "threat situation."

The Spin

Establishment-critical narrative

While pretending to be concerned about security in the Persian Gulf, the US is escalating regional tensions. This latest, unsubstantiated report adds to the West's media storm against Iran, which only serves to create chaos in the country. Washington and its allies aren't concerned about the people of Iran — or anyone else — but with their own power interests.

Pro-establishment narrative

The only unsubstantiated claims are Iran's: Rather than taking responsibility for its self-manufactured chaos, the government has attempted to blame the current unrest on interference from external actors. The protests — fueled by public outrage over Tehran's persecution of its own citizens — are an expression of growing popular resistance to the autocratic regime.

Nerd narrative

There's a 50% chance that Iran will cease to be an Islamic Republic by April 2038, according to the Metaculus prediction community.

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