Saudi Arabia conquers Iran in hilarious Wahhabi fantasy.

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There's information, there's propaganda and then there are flights of fancy so obviously ridiculous that they border on self-parody.

Piesters will know that tensions are high between Saudi Arabia and Iran at the moment. It's yet another re-run of the ancient but ongoing Sunni vs Shia conflict although, this time around it looks deadly serious. The Saudis have been using their oil wealth to try to cement their status as a regional power. However, so far it hasn't gone at all well. Their attempt to overthrow Assad has failed, their intervention across the border in Yemen has been simultaneously brutal and ineffectual. Finally, their attempt to bully the tiny neighbouring state of Qatar seems to have flopped.

That hasn't stopped the Saudis from fantasizing about conquering Iran with their soldiers being greeted by cheering crowds in Tehran. This article gives a good idea of the military balance between the two countries. This one is good too. The Saudis splash around their oil dollars and spend far more on top-notch American materiel. The Iranians save money and beat sanctions by using native ingenuity to build their equipment.

You can watch the video below and marvel at how the Saudis can rationally think their troops capable of staging a landing on the Iranian coast, never mind battling across 1,000km of enemy territory to seize Tehran when they're struggling to cope with rag-tag Houthi rebels in their own border regions.

[video=youtube;BPWHfwTNT5s]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BPWHfwTNT5s[/video]
 


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That was bad and they should feel bad.
 

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That was bad and they should feel bad.
I wonder what Osama Son of Laden would have made of his compatriots trying to sound like alpha-male American military grunts. :lol:
 

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There's information, there's propaganda and then there are flights of fancy so obviously ridiculous that they border on self-parody.

Piesters will know that tensions are high between Saudi Arabia and Iran at the moment. It's yet another re-run of the ancient but ongoing Sunni vs Shia conflict although, this time around it looks deadly serious. The Saudis have been using their oil wealth to try to cement their status as a regional power. However, so far it hasn't gone at all well. Their attempt to overthrow Assad has failed, their intervention across the border in Yemen has been simultaneously brutal and ineffectual. Finally, their attempt to bully the tiny neighbouring state of Qatar seems to have flopped.

That hasn't stopped the Saudis from fantasizing about conquering Iran with their soldiers being greeted by cheering crowds in Tehran. This article gives a good idea of the military balance between the two countries. This one is good too. The Saudis splash around their oil dollars and spend far more on top-notch American materiel. The Iranians save money and beat sanctions by using native ingenuity to build their equipment.

You can watch the video below and marvel at how the Saudis can rationally think their troops capable of staging a landing on the Iranian coast, never mind battling across 1,000km of enemy territory to seize Tehran when they're struggling to cope with rag-tag Houthi rebels in their own border regions.

[video=youtube;BPWHfwTNT5s]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BPWHfwTNT5s[/video]
All that money and they end up with Playstation 2 graphics
 

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All that money and they end up with Playstation 2 graphics
At 5:58, the pilgrims are fairly whizzing around that sacred stone in Mecca. No wonder they have a problem with stampedes.
 

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My grandnephew produces better on a three year old laptop.

By the way MEMRI is an Israeli outfit, they were the ones who deliberately misquoted Ahmadinejad.
 

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It might have had more impact if YouTube wasn't full of videos of Saudi troops abandoning fully functional M1A1 American tanks and APCs after taking a few rounds of rifle fire from a hill half a mile away.
 

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My grandnephew produces better on a three year old laptop.

By the way MEMRI is an Israeli outfit, they were the ones who deliberately misquoted Ahmadinejad.
You shouldn't let your Jew hatred carry you away. His statement was carried by the english version of the Iranian press.

https://web.archive.org/web/20070927213903/http://www.iribnews.ir/Full_en.asp?news_id=200247

"As the Imam said, Israel must be wiped off the map," said Ahmadinejad, referring to the late founder of the Islamic Republic of Iran, Imam Khomeini.
All official translations of Mr. Ahmadinejad's statement, including a description of it on his website, refer to wiping Israel away. Sohrab Mahdavi, one of Iran’s most prominent translators, and Siamak Namazi, managing director of a Tehran consulting firm, who is bilingual, both say “wipe off” or “wipe away” is more accurate than "vanish" because the Persian verb is active and transitive.
 

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The only Saudi hope in a hot war with Iran is US involvement, perhaps with Israeli help as well. That could rapidly destroy the Iranian navy, airforce and missile/nuclear facilities but the long-term consequences in lost credibility might not be so good for the monarchs of that region.
 

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The only Saudi hope in a hot war with Iran is US involvement, perhaps with Israeli help as well. That could rapidly destroy the Iranian navy, airforce and missile/nuclear facilities but the long-term consequences in lost credibility might not be so good for the monarchs of that region.
Russia would be involved too, no?
 

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Russia would be involved too, no?
The missiles and torpedoes they sold could cause significant damage but my guess is not much else from them unless the other side is stupid enough to land on Iranian soil.
 
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The missiles and torpedoes they sold could cause significant damage but my guess is not much else from them unless the other side is stupid enough to land on Iranian soil.
The Russians would be unlikely to commit troops, and neither (in any given scenario) would the Israelis.

Going to war in small divided countries like Lebanon or Yemen is one thing, but the Iranians have a huge, seasoned and well equipped army, and their own defence industries. Some of their neighbours may be able to control the skies, but nobody will set foot in Iran.
 

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My grandnephew produces better on a three year old laptop.

By the way MEMRI is an Israeli outfit, they were the ones who deliberately misquoted Ahmadinejad.
If that was a misquote, then his own state broadcaster was responsible.
 

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He didn't say Israel ‘must be wiped off the map’. But there is a relevant country that has actually been 'wiped off the map'. Can you guess what it is, Wes? I'll help you, it starts with 'P'.

Words or deeds, you decide.
Prussia?
 

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The missiles and torpedoes they sold could cause significant damage but my guess is not much else from them unless the other side is stupid enough to land on Iranian soil.
Saddam Hussein's Iraq with a lot of outside help and an army more capable than the Saudis never penetrated too far into Iranian territory. And that was when Iran was still in turmoil following the Khomeini revolution.
 

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The Russians would be unlikely to commit troops, and neither (in any given scenario) would the Israelis.

Going to war in small divided countries like Lebanon or Yemen is one thing, but the Iranians have a huge, seasoned and well equipped army, and their own defence industries. Some of their neighbours may be able to control the skies, but nobody will set foot in Iran.
They also apparently have an extensive fleet of submarines and it wouldn't be much bother to them to blockade Saudi shipping. That's in one of the articles linked in the OP.
 

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