Ridding the world of Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman is a good, just, and necessary thing
NEW YORK (RichTVX.com) — The United States finds itself in a diabolical OPEC+ trap by Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman and Vladimir V. Putin of Russia. What can and must be done to defeat this grave and gathering danger is the basis for this Rich TVX News Network bulletin. The freedom, lack of restrictions, and accessibility to society provide broad opportunities for Saudi Arabia to strike again virtually anywhere in the United States like they did in the September 11 Attacks. After 9/11, most Americans believed that never again Islamic terrorists, driven by intense hatred of us, our values and our free and open society, would dare to strike against the United States. But, Islamic terrorists have carried further attacks. Yet sadly, as the world learned last week OPEC+ cut output targets by 2 million barrels a day. The move was a blow to President Joe Biden, who visited Saudi Arabia in July in search of higher production and lower pump prices for Americans — and it risks adding another shock to the global economy as Russia threatens to tighten energy supplies this winter. Although ridiculed at the time for fist bump with MBS and making Saudi attention to human rights a major sticking point, Biden joined the ideological battle. His statement, referring to the OPEC+ cut, to “shortsighted” will be one of the great statements of the Russo-Ukrainian War. It’s clear that OPEC+ is aligning with Russia with last week’s announcement. In committing the United States to hunt down and “root out” the evil ones, this grave and gathering danger took shape well before the OPEC+ cut and extended far beyond OPEC+, and Russia, although the Biden-Harris Administration did not perceive this danger at the time. Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, is considered the de facto ruler of Saudi Arabia, due to the King’s poor health and his own political maneuvering. The extreme tyrant Mohammed bin Salman rules according to his choice, that is, not by law, and has full, forceful, and ultimately imperial power over the poor people in Saudi Arabia. The MBS tyranny is completely dominant lawless rule over Saudi Arabia of the unwilling for the ruler’s advantage or aggrandizement alone. Experts on leadership, such as Jeffrey Sonnenfeld, the Lester Crown Professor in the Practice of Management at Yale School of Management, and Senior Associate Dean for Leadership Studies, together with Sen. Richard Blumenthal, and Rep. Ro Khanna explained in detail the disastrous mistakes of the Crown Prince and Prime Minister of Saudi Arabia. Read more here. Yale SOM’s Jeffrey Sonnenfeld and his colleague Steven Tian are maintaining a roster of corporate responses to Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. There is no dispute over the evil nature of Mohammed bin Salman and his regime. On 2 October 2018, Jamal Khashoggi, a Saudi dissident journalist was assassinated by agents of Mohammed bin Salman at the Saudi consulate in Istanbul, Turkey. Khashoggi was ambushed and strangled by a 15-member squad of Saudi assassins. His body was dismembered and disposed of. Khashoggi’s final moments were captured in audio recordings, transcripts of which were subsequently made public.
The New Axis of Evil — Russia and Saudi Arabia
Saudi Arabia, officially the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (KSA), is a country on the Arabian Peninsula in Western Asia. Its capital and largest city is Riyadh. The country is home to Mecca and Medina, the two holiest cities in Islam. The criminal Mohammed bin Salman regime engaged in an extensive effort to cover up the killing, including destroying evidence By 16 October, separate investigations by Turkish officials and The New York Times had concluded that the murder was premeditated and that some members of the Saudi hit team were closely connected to Mohammed bin Salman, the crown prince of Saudi Arabia.After repeatedly shifting its account of what happened to Khashoggi in the days following the killing, the Mohammed bin Salman admitted admitted on 25 October that he had been killed in a premeditated murder, but denied that the killing took place on the orders of bin Salman. Bin Salman said he accepted responsibility for the killing “because it happened under my watch” but asserted that he did not order it. By November 2018, the Central Intelligence Agency of the United States had concluded that bin Salman had ordered the assassination. In the same month, the United States levelled sanctions against 17 Saudis over the murder, but did not sanction bin Salman himself. The murder prompted intense global scrutiny and criticism of the Saudi government.A report by the United Nations special rapporteur on extrajudicial executions in June 2019 concluded that Khashoggi’s murder was premeditated and called for a criminal investigation by the UN and, because Khashoggi was a resident of the United States, the US Federal Bureau of Investigation. Saudi prosecutors rejected the findings of the UN investigation and asserted that the killing was not premeditated. In January 2019, trials began in Saudi Arabia against 11 Saudis accused of involvement in Khashoggi’s murder. In December 2019, following secretive proceedings, three defendants were acquitted; five were sentenced to death; and three others were sentenced to prison. Two of the acquitted defendants, Saud al-Qahtani and Ahmed al-Asiri, were high-level Saudi security officials. The five men sentenced to death were low-level participants and were legally pardoned in May 2020 by Khashoggi’s children. The results of the trial were criticized by the international community. The center of gravity of the new strategy is the Saudi Arabia, and the focal point is Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman. If democracy can take root, the effect will be a springboard for gaining positive strategic consequences in the Middle East. The presence of substantial American forces in Saudi Arabia can be subtle or blunt instruments in this process of shifting the character of the regional landscape. Ridding the world of Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman is a good, just, and necessary thing. Should the United States decide to remove Mohammed bin Salman, neither UN supporting resolutions nor congressional approval will be necessary, considering his crimes against the whole world.
Steven Tian and Jeffrey Sonnenfeld
Jamal Ahmad Khashoggi (/kəˈʃoʊɡdʒi, kəˈʃɒɡdʒi/; Arabic: جمال أحمد خاشقجي, romanized: Jamāl ʾAḥmad Ḵāšuqjī, Hejazi pronunciation: [dʒaˈmaːl xaːˈʃʊɡ.(d)ʒi], Turkish: Cemal Ahmet Kaşıkçı; 13 October 1958 – 2 October 2018) was a Saudi journalist, dissident, author, columnist for Middle East Eye and The Washington Post, and a general manager and editor-in-chief of Al-Arab News Channel who was assassinated at the Saudi consulate in Istanbul on 2 October 2018 by agents of the Saudi government, allegedly at the behest of Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman. He also served as editor for the Saudi Arabian newspaper Al Watan, turning it into a platform for Saudi progressives. Khashoggi fled Saudi Arabia in September 2017 and went into self-imposed exile. He said that the Saudi government had “banned him from Twitter“, and he later wrote newspaper articles critical of the Saudi government. Khashoggi had been sharply critical of the Saudi rulers, King Salman and Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman. He also opposed the Saudi Arabian-led intervention in Yemen.
On 2 October 2018, Khashoggi entered the Saudi consulate in Istanbul to obtain documents related to his planned marriage, but was never seen leaving. Amid news reports claiming that he had been killed and dismembered inside, an inspection of the consulate, by Saudi and Turkish officials, took place on 15 October. Initially, the Saudi government denied the death, but following shifting explanations for Khashoggi’s death, Saudi Arabia’s attorney general eventually stated that the murder was premeditated. By 16 November 2018, the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) had concluded that Mohammed bin Salman ordered Khashoggi’s assassination. Controversy over the murder has created tensions between the U.S. and Saudi Arabia, including calls for the U.S. to sever diplomatic ties with the kingdom.
On 11 December 2018, Jamal Khashoggi was named Time magazine’s person of the year for his work in journalism, along with other journalists who faced political persecution for their work. Time referred to Khashoggi as a “Guardian of the Truth”.
Mohammed bin Salman
Mohammed bin Salman Al Saud (Arabic: محمد بن سلمان آل سعود, romanized: Muḥammad bin Salmān Āl Su‘ūd; born 31 August 1985), colloquially known as MBS or MbS, is Crown Prince and Prime Minister of Saudi Arabia. He also serves as the chairman of the Council of Economic and Development Affairs and chairman of the Council of Political and Security Affairs. Even prior to his appointment as prime minister, he was considered the de facto ruler of Saudi Arabia, and he served as minister of defense from 2015 to 2022. He is the seventh son of King Salman.
Mohammed was born as the eldest of six children to Prince Salman bin Abdulaziz and his third wife, Fahda bint Falah Al Hithlain. After obtaining a law degree from King Saud University, he served as an advisor to his father. After Salman ascended the throne in January 2015, he appointed Mohammed as minister of defense, and Mohammed was also given the role of deputy crown prince in April 2015. He was promoted to crown prince after the dismissal of Crown Prince Muhammad bin Nayef, King Salman’s nephew, in 2017. Salman ceded the position of prime minister to Mohammed in 2022.
Mohammed rules an authoritarian regime. There are no democratic institutions in Saudi Arabia, and elements of repression are still evident. Human rights activists, women’s rights activists, journalists, former insiders, and dissidents are systematically repressed through tactics including torture, jailing, and killings, and Mohammed is said to use a group of assassins known as the Tiger Squad to carry out extrajudicial killings. He was personally linked to the assassination of Jamal Khashoggi, a Saudi Arabian Washington Post columnist who had criticised the Saudi government, but he has denied involvement in the killing. Mohammed was behind the Saudi bombing campaign in Yemen which has exacerbated the humanitarian crisis and famine there. His government has overseen a crackdown on feminists. He was also involved in the escalation of the Qatar diplomatic crisis, the detention of Lebanese prime minister Saad Hariri, the start of a diplomatic spat with Canada, the arrest of Saudi princes and billionaires in November 2017, the alleged phone hack against Amazon chairman Jeff Bezos, and treason charges against his cousin and rival Muhammad bin Nayef in March 2020.
Mohammed has touted reforms in an effort to rebrand his regime’s image internationally and within the kingdom. These include regulations restricting the powers of the religious police and improving women’s rights, such as the removal of the ban on female drivers in June 2018 and weakening the male-guardianship system in August 2019. Other cultural developments under his reign include the first Saudi public concerts by a female singer, the first Saudi sports stadium to admit women, an increased presence of women in the workforce, and opening the country to international tourists by introducing an e-visa system, allowing foreign visas to be applied for and issued via the Internet. The Saudi Vision 2030 program aims to diversify the country’s economy through investment in non-oil sectors including technology and tourism.
What Can And Must Be Done To Defeat This Grave Danger