Prior to Erdogan’s rise in Turkey, that division wasn’t problematic. Ever since the days of Kemal Ataturk, the Turks had prided themselves on being a secular country and uninterested in historic Islamic divisions. But now, the Turks, in addition to the Qataris and the Muslim Brotherhood, have formed a second block in opposition to the House of Saud.
For years, the U.S. and most of Europe sided with the Saudi’s camp, which included pre-2011 Egypt and the Gulf States. But with the rise of the so-called “Arab Spring,” and the Muslim Brotherhood’s power grab in Egypt with U.S. support, the Saudis felt betrayed by the U.S. That prompted the King of Saudi Arabia to lament that the U.S. is “unreliable.”
But to make matters worse, the West is now giving the Saudi’s historic and entrenched rivals, the Shiites in Iran, a pass to nuclear weapons development, albeit at a slower pace.
The West appeased their god by opening the door to making some Iranian dollars.
But the price to be paid could be alarmingly high. The West’s behavior has deepened the suspicions of all three dominant divisions within Islam, thus increasing the possibility of another September 11-type attack.
Will the money be worth it then? Time will tell.