Bending the Third Rail
Because We Should, We Can, We Do
Friday, March 02, 2007
Good News
This is actually real, authentic good news:
The NYT reefers news that Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad will go to Saudi Arabia Saturday for a meeting with King Abdullah to discuss the growing political and sectarian crises in the Middle East.
For peace to occur in the region, Saudi Arabia and Iran simply have to get on the same page. They have much more in common ... and at stake ... than they don't. They share dissatisfaction with the Israeli/Palestinian situation and a general distrust of the U.S. They both are large oil producers and are dealing with peak oil concerns, political unrest and fundamentalism. It should be interesting to see what comes out of these talks. It's likely that any progress would be good for the region and "challenging" for the U.S.

Update: Some very good questions:
Finally, why in the world would Ahmadinejad make a trip to Saudi Arabia? What deals could he convey to the Saudis? Is a deal in the works to soft pedal any criticism the Iranians have made against the Saudis, in exchange for the same from the Saudis against the Iranians? Are the Iranians going pull a rabbit out of their hat at the upcoming diplomats conference in Iraq? Or, do the Iranians have intelligence which will seriously implicate Saudi rouges in the transition of EFP training to the insurgents? Are the Iranians about to expose that? And embarrass the Saudis AND, the Americans?