Two scary things about the Saudi plan to building a 550-mile fence to shut out Iraq:
- It’ll take 5-6 years for them to complete. They reckon things will be bad for a long time
- The cost is some £13bn. I know this is a country rolling in money, but still: that’s an awful lot to pay just to keep Iraq’s rebels from getting out.
Now, maybe I’m overreacting. Building protection along a border is normal, and normally expensive. It’s only the Telegraph spin linking this so directly to Iraq. But still, it does suggest that the Saudis are working on an assumption that Iraq is going to end up in civil war within the next few years.