Saudi Arabia makes more problems for themselves but for Iran

The decision of Saudi Arabia to kill Shiite cleric Sheikh Nimr al-Nimra maybe intentionally made on 2 January as it would have an echo in the West, known for being a "closed" during the holidays.

However, if the Saudis hoped to timing mean that no one will notice the error, they deceived themselves badly. The execution was worsened already bad relations with Iran, combining national interests with sectarian rivalry, writes British newspaper The Guardian.

Riyadh had a lot of time for awhile and a decision on the execution did not bring hastily. Nimr was convicted in 2012 on charges of rebellion, disobedience and carrying weapons. He did not deny the political counts, but said it was not carrying weapons and called for violence.

Some sources say that Saudi King Salman, who came to the throne a year, signed an order on execution under increasing pressure from the public expressed on social networks.

It is a claim that can not be checked even though it is clear that social networks in Arabia full of requests for "stopping the spread of Shiite influence."

Former British Ambassador to Saudi Arabia John Jenkins believes that the Saudis wanted to send a message that will not allow anyone to be "nudges" to refuse to Iranian influence, and that it will oppose anyone who they think is an Iranian agent.

Saudi Arabia has a very bad image in the international public, not only because of draconian penalties, but also because of allegations that their strict interpretation of Islam a source of terrorist groups like ISIL, although they themselves are the target of such organizations.

But the fact is that they execute fewer people than Iran, which last year killed three times more prisoners, using similar arguments as in Arabia executions nimrah.

Interesting attitude is and comment "Soufan Group" that provides intelligence and analytical services to governments and international organizations.

"There is no doubt that Saudi Arabia has a goal and a plan. But in the short term, their actions make more problems for themselves but for Iran," it said in this group.