The Saudi decision to start the new year with mass executions bore the hallmarks of a calculated move. Riyadh doubtless anticipated that the Basij would do to Saudi diplomats what had been done to previous representatives of governments who had incurred the Ayatollah’s wrath. The Saudis were prepared to cut diplomatic relations, and ensure that other Arab states followed suit.
Here is a good round up of the year by South Front. It is worth viewing twice so as to catch some quickly worded nuance. Of course you won't see this kind of analysis on MSNBCNNPR-Fox.
Work for peace in the New Year my friends.