November 2018

Power struggle: Turkey, Muslim Brotherhood and Saudi Arabia

11 19 2018

Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi

Now we know the Saudis killed Mr. Khashoggi…but why?

To help see through this ongoing international drama, understand that the leaders of Saudi Arabia and Turkey don’t trust each other.  The Turks support the Islamist Muslim Brotherhood; the Brotherhood is working to overthrow the Saudi Royal Family.  Thus, the Saudi leadership view the Muslim Brotherhood as a great enemy.

We must always keep in mind that Saudi Arabia is prophetically significant–We believe Saudi Arabia is home to the descendants of Ishmael: “He (Ishmael) will be a wild donkey of a man; his hand will be against everyone and everyone’s hand against him, and he will live in hostility toward all his brothers.”—Genesis 16:12. That description continues to play out in real time today.

So what do we know about the murder?  Mr. Khashoggi entered the Saudi consulate in Istanbul to sign papers relating to his marriage and never surfaced again. The Jamal Khashoggi murder mystery has shocked the Western world. But it shouldn’t have; silencing your enemy, and being brutal about it, is the way of the Middle East.  Remember, the prophecy in Genesis regarding the Arab people (this would include Saudi Arabia).

European left leaning media have largely painted Mr. Khashoggi as a liberal journalist who opposed the regime of the self-styled Saudi reformer, Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman (known as MBS).  They say he wasn’t really a reformer at all; so, MBS had Khashoggi killed because Khashoggi was a threat to the Royal Family.

What really happened, we may never know—but this is another story coming from Middle East sources…The more likely reason is that Mr.Khashoggi was very much an Islamist connected to the Muslim Brotherhood. It seems, Mr. Khashoggi was intimately connected to the Saudi regime, which is bitterly opposed to the Brotherhood. He was the ultimate insider who had turned–gone rogue—he became a type of spy; feeding the Brotherhood secret information about the Saudi Royal family.

Mr. Khashoggi worked closely with the former directors of the Saudi Intelligence Agency Prince Turki al Faisal and Prince Bandar bin Sultan.  A news source in England stated; “he knew a lot of intelligence secrets, and so when he got too close to the Qataris and the Turks, who are now the arch-enemies of the Saudis, this is when Jamal Khashoggi really crossed the line.”

His fiancé, is a Turkish diplomat, and is the daughter of a former adviser to Turkey’s Islamist President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan. Khashoggi was planning to start a Turkish center, funded by the Turks and the Qataris, encouraging change in Saudi Arabia to champion rebellion.

Middle East sources have been quoted in the U.K. as saying that the Saudis set out to bring Khashoggi back against his will. That’s why they sent the 15-strong squad, who had been alerted to the scheduling of his consular appointment. The goal was to remove him back to Riyadh, interrogate him and lock him up for a period of time, but not to kill him.

“If they’d wanted to kill him,” my informant said (U.K. Newspaper said), “they could easily have paid $200,000 to the Chechen mafia in Istanbul who could have taken him out so easily and made it look like a robbery gone wrong. There was no kill order from Saudi Arabia.  Khashoggi would have been locked up and interrogated. They wanted to know who he had talked to and what he had revealed. They say some leaks from Qatar had his fingerprints all over them.”  They tried to sedate Khashoggi, but that plan broke down, during the sedation process he died.  His body had to be destroyed.  So it was a bungled kidnapping and not a planned assassination.

We may never know if this is true.  What we do know is that Saudi Arabia, Turkey, and Iran are all vying for power in the Middle East.  It is tribe against tribe, brother against brother.  The killing of Mr. Khashoggi is shocking to the West, but it is the way of the desert.

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