This video contains the US press release of Eris Holder’s statements regarding the supposed Iranian plot to assassinate the Saudi ambassador through Mexican cartels. Holder asserts that the plot was “conceived, sponsored and directed from Iran” while Ali Larijani, the parliament speaker for Iran, asserts that the United States fabricated the allegations “to divert attention from problems it faces in the Middle East.” According to Larijani, the United States is threatened by the Arab Spring which he characterizes as a new “Islamic wakening” specifically modeled after Iran’s Islamic Revolution in 1979. According to this logic, the US is attempting to undermine the progress of Iran’s influence throughout the region. Meanwhile, Prince Turki al-Faisal, a former Saudi intelligence services chief, said the evidence that Iran was behind a plot was overwhelming, and that “Somebody in Iran will have to pay the price.” According to Al-Jazeera, Saudi-Iranian tensions have increased since March, when Saudi Arabia, which sees itself as the bastion of Sunni Islam, sent troops to help Bahrain’s Sunni rulers quell pro-democracy protesters led by the island’s Shia majority. Could this really be the motivation to involve Mexican cartels in an assassination plot to kill the ambassador? Or is the United States truly worried that Iran is currently a catalyst for transnational change in the Middle East? I have my own theories but would love to hear comments!