Saudi Tension in the East: With Shia Insurgents?


(Saudi King Abdullah greets Iraqi cleric Muqtada al-Sadr)
I’m about to get on a plane — and I have no idea what this news alert I just received from MSNBC entails:

Explosion, gunfire reported at oil refinery in eastern Saudi Arabia. Details soon.

But if Shia-Sunni tension is boiling over into Saudi Arabia despite King Abdullah’s recent efforts to reach out to Saudi Arabia’s Shia minority and his personally hosting Muqtada al-Sadr during January’s Haj, we will have an even more catastrophic mess in the Middle East in which America has sigificant complicity.
— Steve Clemons