Sheikh Nimr al-Nimr execution
An expert interview with Professor Mohamad Bazzi.
The U.S.-led order for the region established in the 1990s was bound to collapse. It was based on the exclusion of two of the Mideast's most powerful states -- Iran and Iraq -- and could only be sustained as long as the U.S. was willing to pay for it through its own blood and treasure. The influence and privilege Saudi Arabia enjoyed under American order will no longer be the same -- because that order is no more.
He argues that Saudi Arabia and Iran have been locked in mutual “closed circuits of violence” since the 1979 revolution that need to be broken.
"We have been active from the early moments to lessen tensions to prevent a disaster from happening that could affect the entire region."
Saudi Arabia enjoys the support of allies like the U.S. and U.K. at the human rights body.
Human rights groups have consistently attacked the kingdom's judicial process as unfair, pointing to accusations that confessions
Nimr's execution is a dangerous move by the Saudi authorities, but not a surprising one. Although some western politicians and UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon had called for his release, the United States government has been predictably and disappointingly muted about criticizing its rich Gulf ally.
MESSAGE TO SAUDIS However, the executions seemed mostly aimed at discouraging Saudis from jihadism after bombings and shootings
Sheikh Nimr al-Nimr's execution is likely to spark protests among Saudi Arabia's Shiite minority.