Saudis have us over an oil bar­rel

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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

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