The petrodollar stops with MBS, as Salman’s called. He’s responsible for a gruesome murder just as Henry II was responsible for the murder of Thomas Becket when he said, “Who will rid me of that meddlesome priest.” In this case, a meddlesome journalist. - Christopher Dickey
The Saudi state murder of the journalist Jamal Khashoggi in its Turkish consulate has thermally imaged the heart of darkness that drives toxic blood through the arteries of the hideous Wahhabi kingdom. Despite the massaging of the image of its brutal leader Mohammed bin Salman, or MBS as he is often referred to in modernistic intonations, the regime is a despot-led syndicate. Allowing women to drive beginning in June this year is hardly proof of serious progress, although it does help the Western backers of MBS promote their myth that he is a modern man hauling his country into a modern era. No better than Videla, Pinochet, Aaada or Netanyahu, we should not feign surprise that Western states find him fit for purpose, their purpose.
Khashoggi was a writer for more than thirty years and "one of the most prominent Saudi and Arab journalists and political commentators of his generation." During his active years he developed a reputation for "pushing the boundaries of debate within Saudi society", a necessary and hardly controversial function of journalism. Much of his writing gave the lie to MBS as a genuine reformer, writing a piece titled "Saudi Arabia wasn't always this repressive. Now it's unbearable". As recently as last month he had hit out at the brutal Saudi war on Yemen where, according to the UN Human Rights Council, civilians have repeatedly been the victims of "unrelenting violations of international humanitarian law". Khashoggi eventually moved to the US after being told to shut up.
In Istanbul less than three weeks ago he was finally shut up - chopped up to be exact - but far from shut out as his name and what he stood against continues to echo volubly around corridors of power and human rights organisations on a global scale:
In the extraordinary 19 days since his disappearance and death, the fate of the 59-year old columnist and critic has steadily been pieced together. What happened inside the consulate walls has been traced to the doors of the Saudi royal court, sparked revulsion around the world, exposed the kingdom like no other event since the twin terror attacks of 9/11, and seen Washington and Riyadh shamelessly concoct a cover-up to protect their mutual interests and attempt to shield the powerful heir to the throne, Mohammed bin Salman.According to information reportedly gleaned by the Turkish authorities who were spying on the Saudis:
Khashoggi was killed during seven horrific minutes in which he was first tortured, then mutilated, injected with a sedative, and finally dismembered.
Reportedly his fingers were hacked off before he was beheaded. The behaviour of a progressive modern state or a medieval theocracy?
The Saudis have resorted to blowing smoke every which way and the most receptive ass to date belongs to the odious Donald Trump who finds the Saudi explanation that Khashoggi died during a fist fight credible. The International Federation of Journalists said:
It is increasingly clear the Saudi government is engaged in weaving a carefully orchestrated tissue of lies to cover up their role in Jamal’s killing. The idea that it takes days for the Saudi regime to find out what happened inside their own consulate is unbelievable - it is an embarrassing charade.
The arrogance of brazen denial of the obvious, the sense of entitlement to immunity from criticism, the display of imperviousness to accountability all serve to underscore just how loathsome and dangerous the Saudi regime is.
There is a Saudi embassy in Dublin which simply should not be there. On Health & Safety grounds alone it should be closed and its staff expelled. It is simply not safe for any citizen, Irish or otherwise, to enter it.
And yet Ireland continues to permit the monstrous embassy to do business in Dublin. Time for gloves off, boots on, and kick the misbegotten and misogynistic mafia out.