If Saudi dictatorship murdered & dismembered critic in Turkey, how would Erdogan respond?

VT sources say Turkey tortured and murdered a Washington Post correspondent. We don't know if he was chopped up and taken out in garbage bags or flushed down the drain after being dissolved in acid. Why hasn't Trump done anything?


By George Galloway and Russia Today

George Galloway was a member of the British Parliament for nearly 30 years. He presents TV and radio shows (including on RT). He is a film-maker, writer and a renowned orator.
Riyadh is accused of allegedly murdering their critic Jamal Khashoggi in Turkey, the key question is how President Erdogan would respond if suspicions are confirmed. My money is on him responding with blood and iron.
Done not just with Trump’s approval, but his total support (Sources)

Khashoggi was allegedly killed inside the Saudi consulate in Turkey last week. If a Washington Post columnist had been ‘murdered and dismembered’ in Moscow, the UN Security Council would already be in session. If he had been carried out in boxes from an Iranian Embassy, the US and its allies would already be at war with Iran.

Not one British newspaper has reported the story on their front page despite the UK’s kissing-close relationship with the Saudi Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman (MbS) and the fact that Khashoggi was, only a week ago, a visitor to London where he appeared on the state broadcaster BBC.

Saudi Arabia denies having murdered Khashoggi, a writer on the Washington Post and exiled critic of the absolutist monarchy, inside his country’s consulate in Istanbul. But Turkish sources close to President Erdogan say that is the preliminary finding of their police officers examining the alleged scene of the crime.

For certain, Khashoggi, a resident in Washington, has disappeared.

His fiancée waited for him outside the consulate into which he had gone to attend to paperwork in connection to his impending marriage in Turkey. He never came out. Turkish sources report a 15-man potential hit and disposal team which had flown in from Riyadh and left the country on the day of Khashoggi’s disappearance.

If Turkish suspicions are confirmed, sharp questions – sharper than any cleaver – arise for a large circle of international players.

The first is Turkey itself. If true, the Khashoggi murder in Istanbul is a blood-insult to Turkish strong-man president Erdogan. Khashoggi is/was close to the political line of the Muslim Brotherhood which Erdogan supported.

Turkey sides with Qatar in the comic-opera stand-off between the emirate and its bigger neighbor Saudi Arabia. The Qatari-funded international media network is in concert with Turkish media in a chorus of condemnation.

If Erdogan keeps schtum about this apparently unspeakable crime it will be a major blow to his prestige – inside and outside Turkey. If he responds severely, he will place himself on yet another collision course with Donald Trump and his administration – who are deeply in the pockets of MbS.

Precisely because of the Trump family financial exposure to the Saudi regime, the US opposition will ramp up demands for Trump to take serious action against the Crown Prince (even though the Clinton family are equally in hock to Saudi beneficence).

After all, Khashoggi was living in political exile in the United States and working for the country’s flagship newspaper, the Washington Post. Were Trump to do so, the extent of his true links – and those of his son-in-law – to MbS might become exposed.

Britain has been engaged in a kind of Dutch-auction with the US over the “modernizing” Prince, desperately touting for Saudi privatizations to be listed on the stock exchange in London rather than New York, selling weapons worth billions to massacre school children in Yemen and seconding British military personnel to help them do so. Resisting all opposition efforts, from shadow Foreign Secretary Emily Thornberry and even Corbyn himself, for an arms embargo.

The very newspapers which downplayed the crime today were only yesterday accepting lavish advertising of the “rock-star prince” during his recent visit to London, including the liberal ‘Guardian’. The entire British establishment may now find they have invested heavily in a man who turns out to be a gruesome Mafia-style killer though even Gambino’s stomach might have turned at this one.

Inside the kingdom it is impossible to say what the impact of this and subsequent events will be, literally incalculable. The schismatic Al Saud ruling family is already deeply split. MbS only recently was said to be hanging his own relatives upside down in a luxury hotel turned prison until enough money fell out of their pockets to satisfy his shakedown of billions of dollars for his treasury. Whether this crime, or rather its consequences, will be the straw which broke the camel’s back only time will tell.

Finally, let us examine the likelihood of these allegations being true.

The Al Saud family has a long and grisly history of abduction and murder.

The former Prime Minister of Lebanon Saad al Hariri was famously “kidnapped” whilst still in office by the current Crown prince and humiliatingly forced to fly to Riyadh and make a televised broadcast, like a hostage blinking into the cameras, reversing his policy on internal domestic Lebanese policies.

Even members of their own family are not exempt. In 2003, Sultan bin Turki bin Abdulaziz was drugged and kidnapped in Geneva by Saudi agents and flown home against his will. At least that’s what he said when he escaped and launched a court action against his own family in Switzerland in 2016.

Prince Turki bin Bandar Al Saud was another suspected of being abducted and rendered to the kingdom. When he escaped and moved to Paris he began opposition to the regime in 2012. His whereabouts are unknown but a Moroccan newspaper reported that subsequently Morocco detained him and sent him back to Riyadh.

Another prince, Saud bin Saif al Nasr, a Twitter opponent of the regime, is said also to have been tricked onto a Saudi-bound plane and his current whereabouts are unknown.

Other less princely opponents of the Saudi regime are of course beheaded, crucified and tortured in record numbers last year and this. Many others languish on Death Row.

The Crown Prince is gambling everything on a series of clearly failing policies. His war on Yemen is an unmitigated disaster. Despite 80% of Yemen’s already poor population facing starvation according to the UN, and scores of thousands of deaths from bombing and from Cholera, Saudi Arabia is no closer to winning the war against its impoverished neighbor than it was when it started.

His multi-billion pound investment in the crucifixion of Syria has been a catastrophic failure, and not just for the hundreds of thousands of dead Syrians. As the Chinese say “sometimes the enemy struggles mightily to lift a huge stone, only to drop it on their own feet.”

My own guess is that Trump is already tiring of MbS, not least because the economy of Saudi Arabia is making it hard for the rulers to keep their hysterical financial promises to the Americans. Certainly Trump’s recent insult, that he told the Saudi monarch “King: you wouldn’t last two weeks in power without our support” can be read that way.

My money is on Erdogan responding with blood and iron to the Crown Prince’s alleged outrage against Turkish sovereignty.

A new sense of outrage might even begin to emerge from the so-called mainstream media fan-club of the rock star prince, though I wouldn’t put money on that.

In the end, even Elvis had to finally leave the building.

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  1. Maybe the WaPo should start beating their drums for a new investigation into 911. Or does this Saudi national mean more than 3000 vaporized American souls. Word on the street is; the poor guy was dispatched in the SA embassy, and his head tossed in a suitcase to be shipped off to be presented in royal ceremony to the King, and MBS. Long live the King. During the many years the Desmond wars raged in Ireland hundreds of Irish heads were salted and shipped to Queen Elizabeth where they fetched a good price, and when Desmond’s head finally arrived, rumor has it that, for months, every morning at breakfast Queen Elizabeth had the head set at her table. So much she enjoyed good conversation.
    Trump may take a liking to such tradition.

  2. If, as it appears, the Saudi ruling clique had it in for Khashoggi with an apparent hit-team (Mossad?) ushered in and out expeditiously, then it looks set for a grim ending. The Turks have already searched the building and barring a hidden lair like the English priest-holes of old where he might be hidden – alive or dead, the only conclusion is the grisly finale described in the article. Such is the apparent and utter stupidity of killing someone like Khashoggi because of the international repercussions not to mention the local back-lash by Turkey one may have to ask if the anti-Trump and anti-MbS forces pulled off a coup backed by the Washington Post outcry where the unfortunate Khashoggi was employed? Is Nikki Haley’s sudden removal from the UN tied in somehow as a slap-in-the-face to covert Israeli involvement? It may turn out to be the biggest story yet with a by-line attributed to a deceased writer. Maybe, against all odds he will reappear, alive and well. But don’t hold your breath.

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