"He removed the only one in the Middle East who could check Iran`s expansionist ability, Saddam." - Tosefta This was the case, the memory of the hell Saddam inflicted upon Iran made them wary of taking risks while he was still on their border. Saudi has realized it must take action, and it is going about it in a far more shrewd way that Saddam or the Shrub could imagine. It is trying to check diplomatically what is a fundamentally diplomatic threat from Iran. While George Bush ensured the existence of a "Shiite Crescent" from Lebanon to Afghanistan, that is about as far as things can go so long as there are no more Sunni regimes which collapse. This is why Saudi is so determined to end the Israel/Palestine war. This is why Saudi is trying to achieve some balance between Sunnis in Iraq and the Shiite majority.
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from the article: Persuade the people