Saudis have us over an oil barrel
told MPs: “Together we have sent a message we will not tolerate Russia’s continued attempts to flout international law and undermine our values.”
Having climbed the peak of the moral high ground on this one, Mrs May cannot really do nothing in the face of similar state sponsored terrorism by the Saudis. But nothing is what she is doing. We have not even pulled out our 110 military personnel and 130 MoD civilian staff who are currently soaking up the Saudi sun helping to maintain its weaponry.
Mrs May cannot duck behind the defence that there is not yet enough evidence from this whodunnit to be sure who did it.
When Khashoggi went missing earlier this month, Saudi Arabia initially denied all knowledge of his whereabouts.
Then they admitted he was killed at the Saudi consulate in Istanbul by “rogue” agents. The Turks beg to differ, claiming the operation was masterminded by a top aide to Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman.
The Crown Prince has since had 18 men arrested, announced a shake-up of his intelligence services, and called the killing a “heinous crime”. This may be no
If the UK and US told Saudi this war has to end, it would end tomorrow. BRUCE RIEDEL EX CIA ANALYST
more than window dressing after global fund managers pulled £500million from the Saudi shopfront. Turkish security services were somehow able to obtain a recording of Khashoggi’s torture, death and dismemberment, and even CIA director Gina Haspel has had a listen.
So the finger of blame points towards the Crown Prince in the same way Russia’s president Vladimir Putin was fingered by Britain for the Salisbury poisonings. Get out of that one, Prime Minister. Mrs May spoke to the Crown Prince’s 82-year-old dad, King Salman, on Thursday.
The No10 minute reads: “The PM said the current explanation lacks credibility so there remains an urgent need to establish exactly what happened.”
That’s diplomatic speak for: “You’ve been lying through your teeth, old son.”
Prince Mohammed, 33, is the power behind the throne. The