Post Mortem

The Khashoggi mystery

By Nagaland Post | Publish Date: 10/24/2018 12:26:25 PM IST

 Khassogi, aged 33, a resident of the United States and leading critic of Prince Mohammad of Saudi Arabia, vanished after entering the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul, Turkey on the 2nd October, 2018.  After weeks of speculation—lies, blatant lies, fake news and post-truth by the major powers, at last the Turkish office said that they believed that Saudi journalist was murdered inside the Consulate and his body removed, which Saudi Arabia denied. Consequently, the West, particularly the most powerful countries in the Western Europe condemned the murder of Khassogi and major corporations and business established backed out from attending major business and trade consortium, but President Trump of the United States somehow managed not to aggravate the situation, rather tried to cover up and in the process protected the ruling regime.

Presently, Saudi Arabia is ruled by the King’s son known as MbS and the King is unaware of the things happening in the country, but given as glowing picture about the country in Saudi media. At the same time, news was flashed on all Saudi TV channels about the disappearance of Khashoggi prominently figured. Since, 2015, MbS, King’s favorite son, wields absolute power and authority, but the recent and increasing interventions by the King reflects the disquiet among some members of the royal family about MbS’s fitness to govern. However, MbS has introduced a series of socio-economic reforms, since his accession by ending a ban on women’s driving and opening cinemas in the conservative Kingdom. In the process, he marginalized the senior members of the royal family and consolidated Saudi’s security and intelligence agencies. 
Having projected him as a reformer, MbS was responsible for having carried out a series of crackdown on those who dissented and purged those top royals and businessmen on “charges” of corruption and also engaged in war in Yemen, spending billions of dollars. Saudi Arabia had to cow down to the pressures from the United States, an ally for decades and thus helped the rulers in times of severe crises. The same gesture is going on even now—in the cover up operation. Saudi Arabia and the United States can no longer give flimsy excuses and frivolous narratives because both the countries denied Khashoggi disappearance for weeks and has now accepted that Khashoggi was killed and Turkish authorities say they have audio backups to prove their assertion. To defuse the crisis, the Saudi King ordered the Saudi Public Prosecutor to open an inquiry and also asked Prince Khaled-el-Faisal, Governor of Mecca, his personal adviser who seem to having strong ties and friendship with Turkish President Erodgan to visit Istanbul..     
MbS and his junta could no more contain the murder of Khashoggi from the very face of this earth, and so had to inform his father about the growing anger and criticism around the world. His superficial gained popularity plummeted and his image as “reformer” ripped open or unmasked or tarnished. Deepening questions about his ruthless behavior have started to surface across the cross sections of people around the world. Those who have been closely observing the recent developments in Saudi Arabia and analysts say that the crisis snowballed in such ways that the ruling regime is now struggling for its very survival. MbS has totally miscalculated his moves and the fallouts have just begun. Repercussions of the murder of Khashoggi have created ripples in varied forms across the world. 
The President of the United States, Donald Trump, the closest ally of the regime of Saudi Arabia said, “… “Rogue killers” may have been responsible and has ruled out cancelling arms deals worth tens of billions of dollars.” Further, he said, “… had spoken with MBS and the crown prince told him that he did not know what happened in the Consulate where Khashoggi went missing.” 
(To be concluded)

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