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Arms Sales & Justice: The Khashoggi Saga

By Mass L. Usuf

Mass Usuf

Thus far there is no incontrovertible direct evidence to prove beyond any reasonable doubt that the folks in bliss within the lofty Palaces in Riyadh are responsible for the murder of Jamal Khashoggi. There is, however, an inescapably overwhelming corpus of circumstantial evidence building up which places the blame where it should lay – the House of Saud.

Jamal Khashoggi was from a well-connected family both in Turkey and Saudi Arabia. He was also a prominent Saudi Arabian journalist who later contributed to the Washington Post in the US. He chose to live in self-imposed exile in Virginia after leaving Saudi Arabia last year. In his first Washington Post column on Sept. 18, 2017, he wrote about his decision to leave Saudi Arabia: “I have left my home, my family and my job, and I am raising my voice. To do otherwise would betray those who languish in prison. I can speak when so many cannot. I want you to know that Saudi Arabia has not always been as it is now. We Saudis deserve better.” While in Turkey, he was last seen entering the Saudi consulate premises in Istanbul on October 2, to pick up some documents that would allow him to marry. He never was seen coming out dead or alive. Jamal had simply disappeared since. Turkish officials said he was killed inside.

Lord and Master

Just as the Saud’s Lord and Master invariably does in affairs of global interest, the Saudi authorities too, via their media slaves have been denying the killing and, then tactically unpacking their lies and deception.

Political analysts have commented that the silence of the leaders of the ‘enlightened’ world on the face of certain events had emboldened the crown prince of Saudi Arabia.  Late last year 200 people, including Saudi princes, ministers and business tycoons, were detained by the crown prince and put under house arrest at the Ritz Carlton in an anti-corruption sweep. No country said anything. Human rights, due process of law and all the hackneyed terminologies applicable to other lesser folks did not apply to the crown prince.  Still fresh in our memories is the idiosyncratic demeanour of the crown prince when he kidnapped the Lebanese Prime Minister Saad al-Hariri in 2017.  France intervened to free Hariri, but Western capitals did not take Riyadh to task for detaining a head of government. Imagine the hue and cry the world would have witnessed in case the same had happened in another country say, Iran. This simply indicates the hypocrisy of the Western capitals especially, the Lord and Master of the house of Saud.  Need one tell more, just recollect, US President Donald Trump recently telling his supporters that Saudi Arabia and its King would not last “two weeks” in power without American military support.

Aberrational behavioural

As expected, the Saudi government repeatedly and vehemently denied reports of Jamal being killed. European officials and some US law makers who are privy to the aberrational behavioural of the Saudi authorities expressed doubts and suspicion. Taking notice of the growing international concern, the Kingdom through its servile agents in the media tried to come up with conspiracy theories. On 16.10.2018, Saudi Gazette shamefully headed a column, “The lies and deception in the Khashoggi case!”. The Columnist went on to say, “When asked about the official Saudi response to the disappearance of journalist Jamal Khashoggi, I told Arab and foreign media that our story has always been clear, simple and firm: Jamal visited the consulate to do some paperwork and left”. The end.  

With regard to the 15-man hit squad that visited Turkey on the fateful day, a report on the Saudi-owned al-Arabiya news channel said the 15 were “tourists” who had been falsely accused. Al Yaum, a pro-government newspaper published in Saudi Arabia, reported the disclosure of the 15 men as a violation the “rights of tourists.” Al-Riyadh Daily, in an editorial, sharply criticized foreign media for attempting “to incite international public opinion against the kingdom,” claiming that the New York Times has an “an anti-Saudi policy.”

Lies retracted

The Saudi mainstream newspapers were scrambling to score brownie points with the Crown Prince by screaming all the way about conspiracy, lies and fabricated accusations by the enemies to tarnish the image of the Kingdom.  They resorted to various allegations and unsubstantiated accusations against Qatar. The Saudi daily newspaper Okaz on 23.10.2018 argued that Jamal Khashoggi has advanced the interests of Qatar. The unashamed writer also falsely claimed that Qatar has a “50 percent ownership of the Washington Post and has influence over its editorial direction.” It is known that the Washington Post is a paper that is owned by American billionaire Jeff Bezos.  Another Okaz columnist, Ahmed Ajab Al-Jahrani, claimed in a column titled, “Who Liberated Khashoggi?” that the government critic was a terrorist sympathizer whose sectarian goals were designed to destabilize the Saudi government.  

Part of this campaign was an attempt to paint an evil, satanic and unpatriotic picture of Jamal so that, when it is acknowledged he was killed the impact will be neutralised. It is too well known that Jamal did not see himself as a dissident but as a critic worried about the direction his country was going under its 33-year-old crown prince – Mohamed Bin Salman who is affectionately called ‘MBS’ by his Western Masters.

Finally, faced with mounting mass of evidence and the Turkish President Tayip Erdogan’s firm resolve to bring to justice the perpetrators, the Kingdom acknowledged that Khashoggi died in the consulate. More than two weeks after the killing the Saudi authorities said Khashoggi had been killed accidentally in a fight with Saudi officials.   The latest from The Guardian today (25/10) is that the office of Saudi Arabia’s public prosecutor has said the killing of Jamal Khashoggi at the Saudi consulate in Istanbul this month was premeditated, contradicting Riyadh’s previous claims that the journalist was killed by accident and his death covered up by rogue operatives.

Arms Sales

Reuters reported on 22.10.2018 that Germany had announced it will stop arms sales, while Britain, France and Germany issued a joint statement asking for an “urgent … clarification of exactly what happened Oct 2.” President Donald Trump like the pendulum is swinging between saying he is unhappy with the Saudi investigation but also that he does not want to jeopardize U.S. arms sales to the country.  Saudi Arabia is the largest purchaser of American weapons. In 2017, the U.S. delivered $5.5 billion in weapons to its Middle Eastern ally, according to the Defense Security Cooperation Agency.  When it comes to arms sales and through that creating chaos and pandemonium worldwide, there is no bandying about the so-called ‘American values’, ‘Our way of life’, ‘Liberty, freedom and human values’, ‘Right to express one’s political thought’, ‘Establishing democratic principles’ and all those weasel words and deceitful catchphrases.

The absolutely unnecessary war in impoverished Yemen is being prosecuted by this crown prince with the arms sold by the US and its European allies. The world is just looking on as if nothing has happened in Yemen. While the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), estimates that more than 3 million Yemenis have fled their homes. Save The Children estimated at least 50,000 children died in 2017, an average of 130 every day. The United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, has estimated that Saudi-led coalition air attacks caused almost two-thirds of reported civilian deaths. 

Justice for Jamal

Some say that the Saudi crown prince is a progressive reformer; others see him as a brutal hardliner who silences his opponents. In February, Khashoggi wrote that if Prince Mohammed can listen to his critics and acknowledge that they, too, love their country, he can actually enhance his power. The crown prince is also at the center of the Jamal Khashoggi’s murder controversy. Meanwhile, the Saudi state media said King Salman had sacked Qahtani (a confidante of MBS) and four other officials over the killing carried out by a 15-man hit team.  Qahtani himself once said he would never do anything without his boss’ approval. “Do you think I make decisions without guidance? I am an employee and a faithful executor of the orders of my lord the king and my lord the faithful crown prince,” Qahtani tweeted last summer. (Reuters). The crown prince says that those responsible for Khashoggi killing will be brought to justice.

Donald Trump is worried not to do anything that would upset the arms sales running to nearly 100 billion dollars.  Is not all of this a big drama that is being played out by the heroes of the world, on the stage of the world theatre. If there is anyone who is waiting to see justice been done to Jamal Khashoggi, it will only be a dream. What is more prevalent in the world today is not justice but pure and simple, outright Hypocrisy. True justice shall come on the day when God’s court of Justice is set. All detractors who were the cause of oppression and injustice against humanity shall be swiftly taken to task on that Day. 

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    Saudis and Mohamad Salman are blood thirty barbarians who couldn’t tolerate critical voices. All of them should burn and rot in the hell. Heartless and merciless vultures. The jungle beasts are better than them. They are so much arrogant and violent owing to their oil wealth, and if things are like this, all the curse of the all mighty God should befall on them. They don’t even two shits care for human life.

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      MBS is a psychopath. Period.

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      Ranjith

      “Saudis and Mohamad Salman are blood thirty barbarians who couldn’t tolerate critical voices.”

      Are they related to or followers of Rajapaksa family?
      They should have consulted Dr Go as to how best to dissolve dead bodies.

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      Mass Usuf,

      RE: Arms Sales & Justice: The Khashoggi Saga

      It is Profit Before Principle: Khashoggi’s Disappearance & US-Saudi Relations

      Jamal Khashoggi’s This Interview in Turkey Pushed Saudi Crown Prince MBS To Take Action Against him

      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3s3A27EqoXw

      These tyrants aren’t sufficiently advanced to tolerate any criticism whatever.They follow Satan per Hadith of Najd.

      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2UDy_apXW3E

      Scholar from al-Azhar: Wahhabism is a Satanic Faith, the Horn of the Devil that Muhammad Predicted.

      The SaudI Kings kill many Muslims and they were doing that for a long time. They also beheaded the innocent Sri Lankan maid, Rizana.

      From Anonymous: The Saudi consulate was a butcher shop. A meat grinder. They brought a bone saw and a pathologist. Probably harvested his organs right there in the reception area. They aren’t human. They follow Satan per Hadith of Najd.

      This is worse than the horror slasher scene from Hitchcock’s “Psycho.” Bates Motel. Wait til the CCTV clips from Turkey get aired of the killing. Sawing him to pieces while still alive. The shock and horror has only started,

      Why does the US want to morally contaminate and prostitute itself with such lunatics? They are going to slowly drag us down the same psychopathic road as they took, as blow-back. They don’t belong in the civilized world. They are trying to drag our boys into fighting their medieval Shi’a enemy and Russian ally Iran, for money. Super bad idea leading to WWIII. Violates every norm of international law. We are on the wrong side, the side of the butchers. Run away!

      This interview makes it clear to see why these assholes wanted to kill him. US apologists for Saudis said he wasn’t really a “critic?” Bullshit. He was a very good critic. These tyrants aren’t sufficiently advanced to tolerate any criticism whatever.

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      Mass Usuf,

      RE: Arms Sales & Justice: The Khashoggi Saga

      Should not the heading be:

      The Satans and the Great Satan per Hadith of Najd and the House of Satan?

      The Satan infected Abdul Wahab of Najd,(Dariah, Riyadh), that is directly East of Medina, Najd. Abdul Wahab recruited the Saud family, and together, the Trinity, the Satan, Wahab and Saud initiated
      their Satanic mission.

      Ref: Hadith of Najd

      https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hadith_of_Najd

      The Hadith of Najd is a hadith with several chains of narration about three geographical locations, one of which is prophesied to be the source of calamities.

      According to two narrations in Sahih Bukhari, Muhammad asks Allah to bless the areas of Bilad al-Sham (Syria) and Yemen. When his companions said “Our Najd as well,” he replied: “There will appear earthquakes and afflictions, and from there will come out the side of the head (e.g. horns) of Satan.” In a similar narration, Muhammad again asked Allah to bless the areas Medina, Mecca, Sham, and Yemen and, when asked specifically to bless Najd, repeated similar comments about there being earthquakes, trials, tribulations, and the horns of Satan.

      Scholar from al-Azhar: Wahhabism is a Satanic Faith, the Horn of the Devil that Muhammad Predicted

      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2UDy_apXW3E

      How to debate with the so called Salafiyyah, Wahhabiah, ISIS, Taliban, Boko Haram, and other Horner’s Ideology. They all are under the spell of Satan.

      Wahhabi sack of Karbala

      https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wahhabi_sack_of_Karbala

      The Wahhabi sack of Karbala occurred on 21 April 1802 (1216 Hijri) (1801), under the rule of Abdul-Aziz bin Muhammad the second ruler of the First Saudi State. Approximately 12,000 Wahhabis from Najd attacked the city of Karbala. The attack coincided with the anniversary of Ghadir Khum event,] or 10th Muharram. Wahhabis killed 2,000–5,000 of the inhabitants.

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    There is much..much more to come out on this murder that is linked to Saudi, Turkey and somewhat indirectly to Qatar. These are the countries fighting for leadership among Islamic countries, mainly Saudi and Turkey.
    .
    Is MBS honest? Or, is Erdogan honest? Who gets more benefited by this murder especially at this time? Why does Qatar funded and Iran’s closest ally, Turkey play a fox game here? Why should that happen inside the consulate provided MBS could have hired American hit men to do it in US. If Apple-watch connected iphone of the journalist was with the girlfriend, and why did she waited too many hours before calling the police, while media reports suggested the journalist was killed within minutes and screaming audio is available?

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      Fathima,
      Let us all accept for the time being that the Muslim brotherhood is in shambles. Will Iran, Qatar, and some other Muslim countries accept the murder of Saudi reporter. How will Saudi Arabia respond to the UN Declaration of Human Rights. In 1948 Saudi abstained but had not voted against the UN Declaration of Human Rights, which means there is tacit approval of UN Declaration of Human Rights by Saudi Arabia. There is much to say.

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    Oy, Yusuf
    Rather than West hypocrisy, write about cruelty in Muslim countries, lack of human rights. Plight of Yemen. Treatment to women,
    Is this not another Saudi appeasing apologetic article ?
    Where is the same vigour in criticism when you write about Gandassara?
    Write to change your ignorant followers, That ignorance is destroying the Islamic civilisation! Don’t blame West for that. They simply takes the advantage of that.

  • 3
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    They are all very devious. The truth may never be known .

  • 3
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    Mass Usuf,

    RE: Arms Sales & Justice: The Khashoggi Saga, and Submission (Islam)

    “Thus far there is no incontrovertible direct evidence to prove beyond any reasonable doubt that the folks in bliss within the lofty Palaces in Riyadh are responsible for the murder of Jamal Khashoggi.”

    They follow Islam, which means submission. To Whom? Allah, Satan, the King or the Prince?

    The Saudis, the Wahhabis, Salafies and their clones claim that they follow Islam.

    Islam, means submission. However, for the Saudis, the Wahhabis, Salafies and their clones, Islam means Submission to Satan, per Hadith of Najd.

    Ref: Hadith of Najd

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hadith_of_Najd

    Wahhabis and the Satani Salafis and their clones

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2UDy_apXW3E

    How to debate with the so called Salafiyyah, Wahhabiah, ISIS, Taliban, Boko Haram, and other Horner’s Ideology. They all are under the spell of Satan.

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    What do Navi Pillai, Darusman, Prince Ra’ad, Usha Sri Skandaraja et al. make of this Khashoggi affair and the US and “International Community”‘s role in and response to it?

    Human rights are universal, they say – except when the violater comes from a rich or Western nation?

    BTW wasn’t Saudi Arabia on the UN Human Rights Council, that voted against SL?

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    Mass L. Usuf calls it “The Khashoggi Saga”. It is nearly over!
    The puppeteers of the Saudi Family are ‘stern’. This is the prelude to letting them off the hook
    .
    The hay-making has started. The puppeteers say “We will get you out of this mess. In future do what you are told but no more. Be warned: You are disposable”. Immediate result: Orders for arms running into billions US$.
    Recep Tayyip Erdoğan of Turkey is telling his people “I was never this messy. Was I?”. He turns round and instructs his body-guard to deal with the dissenters. The guard asks “What is the correct answer Sir”. Let us not go into what followed……
    Even ACJU agreed to a protest outside the Colombo Saudi Arabia Embassy.
    .
    PS: Is the Saudi Arabia media much different from ours?

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    Would MbS have carried out this despicable murder without informing his friends in the US? Would he have gone ahead if they told him not to? It is very unlikely that the Americans did not know about it before hand. Perhaps, they would even have expected a complete Mess up and a Disaster like this which they could use to manipulate the Saudis as they pleased

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