Sunni Saudi Arabia executed a Shiite cleric, Iranians sacked the Saudi embassy in Tehran, the Saudis severed diplomatic ties with Iran, the Shiite Iranian government vows divine revenge, and now other countries are taking sides. NPR reports Bahrain, Sudan, and soon United Arab Emirates are following Saudi Arabia. None of this is good news.
Calling the latest events "a dangerous shift," NPR's Deb Amos describes the broader picture:
"As a more toxic sectarian confrontation engulfs the region, the losers are likely to be Syria and Yemen. Most regional analysts say the solution to these devastating proxy wars can only be resolved when there is some accommodation between Riyadh and Tehran."