Simmering tensions in the Middle East threatened to boil over today as Saudi Arabia’s powerful Crown Prince called the Supreme Leader of Iran “the new Hitler”.  The slur was the latest insult in a sharply escalating the war of words between the arch-rivals who back rival sides in political crises throughout the strife-torn region. Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, who is also Saudi defence minister suggested the Islamic Republic’s alleged expansion under Ayatollah Ali Khamenei needed to be

confronted. He told the New York Times: “We learned from Europe that appeasement doesn’t work. “We don’t want the new Hitler in Iran to repeat what happened in Europe in the Middle East.” Tensions soared earlier this month when Lebanon’s Saudi-backed Prime Minister Saad Hariri resigned in a television broadcast from Riyadh, citing the influence of Iran-backed Hezbollah in Lebanon and risks to his life.  READ MORE