For all its fiery rhetoric, Riyadh actually benefits from a standoff between Iran and the US
In a video animation released in December 2017 the Saudi crown prince, Mohammed bin Salman, oversees an invasion of Iran after Iranian boats attack a Saudi humanitarian ship. At the end of the video, Saudi troops storm a military compound where a haggard, trembling Qassem Suleimani, the commander of the Quds force, surrenders on his knees. The video, created by an outfit calling itself Saudi Strike Force, was produced in multiple languages including Mandarin and has been viewed more than 1.5m times.
Clamouring for tough action against Iran, then for de-escalation has characterised the Saudi-Iran rivalry since 1979