It also noted how long the impending ethnic war in Iraq could escalate and the damages it could bring between Sunni countries like Saudi Arabia, Jordan and Kuwait, against Shiite Iran and Iraq, painting a Middle East crisis bringing in anew the Shiite-Sunni divide that started as early as the eighth century.
The difference with the recent threat is Iran's suspected nuclear arsenal with an imposing immediate threat to Saudi Arabia. Iran's harnessing of relations with Syria and the Shiite movement Hezbollah in Lebanon was also an indication that positioning is taking place.
Optimist views, nevertheless were presented in the light of Iran's denunciation of the bombing of the Shiite shrine in Samarra. But then, Zionists, or Israelis were dragged. Speculations already abound as to the strategies and motivations that could take place within the areas of the conflicting ethnic groups. It was also opined that "leaders who do not want war is not enough" as the report quoted, while Zalmay Khlaizad, the US ambassador to Iraq said, "I do not believe that we are heading that way.