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Why Would Iran Raise the Stakes by Attacking Saudi Arabia?

Why Would Iran Raise the Stakes by Attacking Saudi Arabia? By Kasra Naji – BBC News

Saudi Arabia says it has evidence showing Iran sponsored Saturday's drone and missile attacks on two of its oil facilities, and called on the international community to take action. The question is whether there could be a war.

The scale of the attacks means that Saudi Arabia cannot overlook what happened, and its decision to identify Iran as the culprit compels the kingdom to respond.

The Saudis will probably wait until a team of independent experts from the United Nations has completed an investigation into the incident.

Although the experts are likely to come to the same conclusions - namely, that the attacks could not have been carried out without Iranian material support and guidance - the process will give the Saudis time to consider their options…

Read on.

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As to the question posed by our article here: 

"Why would Iran raise the stakes by attacking Saudi Arabia?" 

The answer to this question would seem to be present within this self-same article:

"Iran's oil exports are close to zero, its revenue stream is drying up, and its reserves of hard currency are thought to be sufficient only for several more months. The fall in the value of its currency has pushed the inflation rate to 40% and almost halved the purchasing power of Iranians, who are finding it difficult to make ends meet."

Bottom Line Thought -- Based on the Above:

Thus,

a.  As to the question posed by our article above: "Why would Iran raise these stakes by attacking Saudi Arabia?"  The answer to this such question would seem to be:

b.  Because, as noted in my quoted item above, Iran has nothing (left) to lose.  And, thus, might as well take this such action, so as to inform the world that it will take Saudi Arabia, et. al, with it when it falls?