by Whitney Webb from Mint Press News
Amid a chorus of condemnation
directed against his leadership following the slaying of controversial
journalist Jamal Khashoggi, Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman –
popularly known by the moniker MBS – condemned Khashoggi’s murder in no
uncertain terms on Wednesday, calling the deed
a “heinous crime that cannot be justified” and promising “justice” for
those who killed him.
MBS’ statement came after dozens of media reports,
the majority of which had cited anonymous sources from within the
Turkish and U.S. governments, revealed the grisly details of the
journalist’s final moments and the subsequent attempt by his killers to
cover their tracks.
Yet, while MBS may expect the international calls for his ouster to lessen following his recent admission and apparent behind the scenes deal-making,
he is likely mistaken. Indeed, much of the outrage directed at MBS for
his alleged role in Khashoggi’s death has little to do with the murder
itself, which is being used as a pretext to justify replacing MBS with a
more “reliable” tyrant to serve as Saudi crown prince.
This is because the real reason the
knives have come out for MBS is not a single extrajudicial killing – a
practice the Saudis have long used with impunity – but instead the fact
that, in the six weeks prior to Khashoggi’s sordid fate, MBS not only
managed to anger the entire U.S. military-industrial complex, he also
enraged the world’s most powerful financial institutions, including
Goldman Sachs and CitiGroup...
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