The Middle East's cold war, explained

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The Middle East's cold war, explained 4.5

How two feuding countries are tearing apart the Middle East.

The Saudis and Iranians have never actually declared war on each other. Instead, they fight indirectly by supporting opposing sides in other countries and inciting conflicts. This is known as proxy warfare.

And it’s had a devastating effect on the region. Countries, especially poor ones, can’t function if there are larger countries pulling strings within their borders.

And that’s exactly what's happening in the Middle East. The Saudi-Iranian rivalry has become a fight over influence, and the whole region is a battlefield.

💬 Comments on the video

Who is watching this after the US killed the Iranian general in an air strike

Author — Wolflex


"Two countries always seem to be involved. Saudi Arabia and Iran."

Of course, as an American website, Vox would never say the US is always involved as well

Author — Wellshot


My father was killed ..
And I lost my brother ...
And I lost my university ..
My house is destroyed ..
And I'm alone with my mom ..
This is the Syria war

Author — Mohamed Efat


Imagine how peaceful the world would be if the us didn't get evolved in the middle east

Author — Andalusi Averroès


Pause at 0:05

Look at the 4 failing States
1. Iraq invaded by the U.S.

2. Libya toppled by the U.S.

3. Syria rebels funded by the US, with US air support and with US boots on the ground.

4. Yemen. Saudi Arabia's arms supplied by the US. Aerial refueling of Saudi planes done by the U.S.

5 seconds later... Iran is blamed.

I can't believe my ears!

Then only expert called in? CIA.

This is a joke, right?

Author — Vamavid


Didn't the US support Saddam Hussein in his attack on Iran? Why leave that detail out?

Author — Dave Joyce


don't believe everything the US tells you.

Author — Wyman Space


Cold war Between USA and Soviet still remains but in new Map.
RIP to all middle east people.

Author — Viper D.


It’s funny that it didn’t explain how isis was made ... by the USA 🤭

Author — Ali Senpai


The title should be US - Middle Eastern war.

Author — Barack Obama


So basically USA is involved in each and every conflict.



Well who started the war in the first place

Oh ya the US

Author — james


"Massive oil reserves were discovered in Saudi Arabia",
America: I smell something...

Author — Ace Aero01


A new player has joined Syria..


Author — Hippity bob


*Cold War all over the Middle East *
Kuwait and Oman: hey how are y’all doing

Author — yrfd


A proxy war ( Iran vs Saudi Arabia ), but that proxy war is also the proxy war of USA (Saudi Arabia) vs Russia ( Iran). What a weird world we live in.

Author — No longer a nihilist


0:52 wow I didn't know Dr fauci was also a former Persian gulf military analyst working for the CIA

Author — Joshua Park


USA : i am bored let's ruin the middle east and blame iran 😁💔

Author — Bashar Habiballa


The West is also involved in all this devastation. We need to accept the responsibility for our actions

Author — Kallista Jayasuriya


And remember: Iran has been severely sanctioned and is still this powerful and industrialized

Author — User