MBS and MBZ from the UAE were big problems for Obama, Robert Malley and their ilk. They appeared out of nowhere.While I don't think bin Salman should be allowed to invest in certain foreign businesses, as he's been doing, and even now, it's always possible there's reasons to distrust him on specific issues, Glick's right that we shouldn't be sympathizing with Khashoggi, because he was a jihadist sympathizer himself, and I almost forgot that a few years ago, I'd mentioned the dark side of the man. Somebody so monstrous definitely deserves no shed of tears.
Young and vigorous, they seek to liberalize their conservative societies. They are deeply opposed to Iran and the Muslim Brotherhood. They are open to peace and cooperation with Israel. They support Israel in its campaigns against Hamas and Hezbollah. And they are certainly “authentic” Arab Muslims. When the UAE declared the Muslim Brotherhood, and Obama’s key supporters and ideological allies at CAIR terrorist organizations, Obama and his comrades were so angry they could barely put together a coherent sentence.
This brings us to Khashoggi. As Lee Smith reported after he was found dead in the Saudi consulate in Turkey, there were a lot of things about Khashoggi that made him a strange hero for Americans of any stripes. He was a Qatari agent of influence. He was a former Saudi intelligence officer who sided with the Wahabist jihadists in the royal family who supported al Qaeda. He was friends with Osama bin Laden and mourned his death. The al Qaeda, ISIS, Iran and Hamas supporting Qatari regime was essentially writing his columns in the Washington Post.
Khashoggi’s receipt of a green card made no sense. His gig as a columnist at Jeff Bezos’s paper made no sense unless seen as an effort of Obama’s deep state friends, particularly former CIA director John Brennan, who opposed MBS from the outset. And then it made perfect sense. In other words, Khashoggi, a terror supporting Qatari agent against a modernizing, pro-American, anti-jihadist and pro-Israel Saudi Crown Prince was an important political warfare asset for Obama’s clique. His job was to discredit MBS and legitimize the terror-supporting Qataris while making pro-jihadist progressives feel good about themselves.
I’m not saying his murder was justified. I am saying he doesn’t deserve the tears of anyone who opposes jihadist terror and jihadist regimes, cares about human rights or wants to avoid a major war in the Middle East.
Whatever Khashoggi’s ties were with Obama’s clique during his lifetime may have been, the way they responded to his murder made clear what they hoped to do with his death. They wanted the old, bad Saudi Arabia back. They wanted the Muslim Brotherhood funding, al Qaeda-spawning Wahabists of Riyadh back. The Prince Bandars and Prince Turkis of the days of yore, not the guy that gave women drivers licenses.
Anyway, where bin Salman is doing the right thing is if he's lifting requirements for women to wear niqabs according to Islamic sharia, and allowing them to drive cars and trucks, among other things. Though we should still make sure not to turn the other cheek, because if he still adheres to Islam, that's concerning, as he's sticking with the very Religion of Peace the Iranian and Qatari regimes are, and those who complain about the nuclear warfare conducted by Iran yet remain nailed on the same religion their beliefs stem from is not going to solve the problem.