Saudi’s ‘Shia Problem’ Poses Impossible Dilemma

CAIRO, EGYPT—In recent years, as hopeful Arab Spring uprisings have descended into wars or chaos, protests in Saudi Arabia by the Shia minority have continued under the radar, with deaths and injuries deepening sectarian divides.

Recent Islamic State attacks now threaten to raise sectarian tensions in the world’s biggest oil producer, which is already at risk as the Sunni Saudi government continues to bomb the Shia Houthis in Yemen, according to Dubai-based geopolitical analyst Theodore Karasik.

“At the moment the status of Sunni-Shia relations in Saudi Arabia are a bit tense,” he said. “The Saudis are doing their best to keep a lid on this sectarian dimension.”

  • tom_billesley

    Too right they’re trying to keep the lid on.
    70% of Saudi oil is in the Shia dominated region.

  • Hard Little Machine

    We really need to drop the plague on all of them.

  • Norman_In_New_York

    The mirror image is the case in Iran, where Sunni Kurds in the northwest and Balochs in the southeast are getting restless inside the Shiite theocracy.

    • tom_billesley

      There are also Sunni arab separatists in western Khuzestan, the provice in the south west of Iran, the old “Arabistan”, which Saddam Hussein wanted to grab in the Iran-Iraq War.