Tony Blair said in his Dubai speech, that in wanting to "pin back" Iran:
... we need the open and clear backing of the countries in this region who know better than we what is happening and why.
It's however an ambiguous statement and could mean any number of things, no matter how strange it seems on the face of it.
But on the back of the tour, Sky's Adam Boulton also said that the PM's people were forced to deny that the speech "amounts to calling for a Sunni Moslem alliance against Shia Iran".
Then yesterday, in responding to the Archbishop of Canterbury's criticism of the Iraq war, this:
'It's not the policies of the UK which are causing suffering for Christians in Iraq or the Middle East,' said a Foreign Office spokesman. 'It's the fact that there are intolerant extremists inflicting pain and suffering on people. These extremists are indiscriminately killing Christians, moderate Muslims, Sunnis and peoples of all faiths.'
Why the special emphasis for sunnis? After all the fuss made about rescuing shias in Iraq, now that the boot is being aimed at Iran, are the sunnis now in favour? The words don't mean much to a British audience, but are statements being carefully crafted for the anti-shia elements in the Arabian peninsula?