Iran Urges Muslims to Challenge Saudi Arabia’s Oversight of Holy Sites
"Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei on Monday questioned Saudi Arabia’s fitness to oversee Islam’s holiest places and accused kingdom’s rulers of murder in last year’s deadly hajj pilgrimage stampede.
“Because of these rulers’ oppressive behavior toward God’s guests, the world of Islam must fundamentally reconsider the management of the two holy places and the issue of hajj,” Mr. Khamenei said Monday in a challenge likely to worsen already hostile relations between the two political and religious powers just days ahead of the start of this year’s hajj to Mecca.
The human crush at last year’s hajj left 769 people dead, according to the Saudi government. The Associated Press said the death toll was at least 2,426, after examining state media reports and officials’ comments from countries whose citizens participated in the pilgrimage.
In his comments Monday, Mr. Khamenei said Saudi authorities behaved with deliberate cruelty in the disaster, in which 461 Iranians were killed, Iranian officials say.
“The heartless and murderous Saudis locked up the injured with the dead in containers instead of providing medical treatment and helping them or at least quenching their thirst,” he said. “They murdered them.'"
This will only accelerate. Iran feels it has a wind at its back now that international sanctions have been lifted, and oil prices are hurting the House of Saud more than Iran. The world need this more than anything right now. The Islamist are uniformly Sunni/Salafi/Wahhabi not Shia. We have been fighting the wrong enemy for a very long time. We need to sit up, and take a second look at enemy versus ally.