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Saudi Crown Prince Muhammad bin Salman compares Iran’s Supreme Leader to Hitler

Muhammad bin Salman has successfully Americanised his base, crude and insulting rhetoric.




Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince and de-facto leader Muhammad bin Salman (MBS) has given an interview in the New York Times, in which he compared Iran’s spiritual and supreme leader Grand Ayatollah, Sayyed Ali Hosseini Khamenei to former Austro-German fascist leader Adolf Hitler.

MBS told the New York Times,

“(Iran’s) supreme leader is the new Hitler of the Middle East. But we’ve learned from Europe that appeasement doesn’t work. We don’t want the new Hitler in Iran to repeat what happened in Europe in the Middle East”.

This statement is of course not only a total lie, but a gravely insulting one. No attempts to contextualise this inane and disgusting remark could ever mitigate the slander against the peace loving Iranian people and its globally respected leader.

What is important however, is to contextualise the crude remarks in terms of Muhammad bin Salman’s intended audience, the readers of the New York Times.

The New York Times and its readers who share the general worldview of its editors are deeply anti-Iranian. The almost uniformly pro-Zionist mainstream media outlets in the United States, including the New York Times, tend to parrot Israeli authored anti-Iranian rhetoric as robustly as do mainstream US political leaders.

While the US deep state is both pro-Zionist, pro-Saudi and anti-Iranian, the ordinary MSM reader/viewer in the US has generally more agnostic views on Saudi Arabia. Because Saudi is a Wahhabi society, there is a tendency among many American liberals to refrain from supporting the Saudi regime as much as the politicians they vote for do–people like Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama.

Because of this, the MBS interview is clearly meant to be part of a charm offensive to win over liberals in the United States in order to complete the missing piece of the anti-Iranian, pro-Zionist, pro-Saudi triangle which shapes contemporary US policies on the Middle East.

MBS has cleverly made a statement which exploits America’s uniquely insular narrative about the Second World War. While the United States entered the war only in the last weeks of 1941 and while the Soviet Union did the vast majority of the fighting against Hitler’s fascist axis, the general public in the US tend to the think that the US uniformly won the war against Hitler on behalf of its ‘friends’ Britain and France, while the Soviet Union’s heroic contribution is rarely mentioned let alone acknowledged.

Furthermore, the US public’s view of the war has been shaped by the simplistic narrative that France and Britain, in “appeasing “Germany during the 1930s, are responsible for a naive policy which ‘heroic America’ had to later correct.

In reality, almost every European country had pacts with Germany prior to 1939, including Poland. Poland signed one of the first peace treaties with Hitler in Europe in 1934, a decision that many Poles came to regret as they suffered greatly under German occupation.

Furthermore, because of the influx of European Jews into the United States in the early 20th century, US audiences are deeply informed about the experience of European Jewry during the 1930s and 1940s, but because the Cold War followed almost immediately after the end of the Great Patriotic War (Second World War), hardly anything is known among the average American, about the Soviet experience in fighting fascism and being killed by fascists in the process. Over 27 million Soviets died during the war, although this is rarely if ever discussed in the United States outside of small academic circles.

By contrast, Israel itself is well aware of the Soviet experience in the war and consequently holds ceremonies on the 9th of May, in-line with Soviet and Russian tradition.

No such thing occurs in the United States whose public still tend to the think that it was FDR and Eisenhower who ultimately ‘defeated Hitler’ when if there are any two people one can point to as the penultimate slayers of fascist Germany, this would be Soviet leader Josef Stalin and Red Army General Georgy Konstantinovich Zhukov.

MBS appears to understand what Americans are generally lacking when it comes to a complete history of the Second World War era and he has exploited this by painting Iran’s Supreme Leader as the “new Hitler” which “weak” countries try to appease but which mighty America must fight. In this sense, MBS is laying the groundwork for American liberals to accept the almost inevitable formalisation of relations between Tel Aviv and Riyadh and from the Saudi prospective, what better way than to paint Iran is an ‘aggressor’ against mutual victims Saudi Arabia and Israel, even when the reality is that Iran is the victim of both Saudi and Israeli aggression and provocations.

This shameless tactic has been used by many US politicians before, even when their proverbial ‘new Hitler’ of the day is a committed anti-fascist fighting against neo-fascists and terrorists. The most infamous example of this is when the US called Yugoslav President Slobodan Milošević the ‘new Hitler’, in spite of the fact that Yugoslavia fought harder against fascist Germany than any power after the USSR and of course sheltered many would-be victims of fascism in the process.

MBS therefore has become something many Saudi rulers have only attempted to be: he has become an American politician trying to ingratiate his country to a US audience who know they hate Iran and support Israel, but are more agnostic about Saudi Arabia. MBS is trying to change that using the same rhetoric George W. Bush used to ‘change the regime’ in Iraq, in 2003.

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4 resignations and counting: May’s government ‘falling apart before our eyes’ over Brexit deal

The beginning of the end for Theresa May’s government.

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Via RT

Four high profile resignations have followed on the heels of Theresa May’s announcement that her cabinet has settled on a Brexit deal, with Labour claiming that the Conservative government is at risk of completely dissolving.

Shailesh Vara, the Minister of State at the Northern Ireland Office was the first top official to resign after the prime minister announced that her cabinet had reached a draft EU withdrawal agreement.

An hour after his announcement, Brexit Secretary Dominic Raab – the man charged with negotiating and finalizing the deal – said he was stepping down, stating that the Brexit deal in its current form suffers from deep flaws. Esther McVey, Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, submitted her letter of resignation shortly afterwards. More resignations have followed.

Labour’s shadow Cabinet Office minister, Jon Trickett, predicted that this is the beginning of the end for May’s government.

The government is falling apart before our eyes as for a second time the Brexit secretary has refused to back the prime minister’s Brexit plan. This so-called deal has unraveled before our eyes

Shailesh Vara: UK to be stuck in ‘a half-way house with no time limit’

Kicking off Thursday’s string of resignations, Vara didn’t mince words when describing his reservations about the cabinet-stamped Brexit deal.

Theresa May’s EU withdrawal agreement leaves the UK in a “halfway house with no time limit on when we will finally become a sovereign nation,” his letter of resignation states. Vara went on to warn that the draft agreement leaves a number of critical issues undecided, predicting that it “will take years to conclude” a trade deal with the bloc.

“We will be locked in a customs arrangement indefinitely, bound by rules determined by the EU over which we have no say,” he added.

Dominic Raab: Deal can’t be ‘reconciled’ with promises made to public

Announcing his resignation on Thursday morning, Brexit Secretary Dominic Raab tweeted: “I cannot in good conscience support the terms proposed for our deal with the EU.”

Raab claimed that the deal in its current form gives the EU veto power over the UK’s ability to annul the deal.

No democratic nation has ever signed up to be bound by such an extensive regime.

Former Conservative Party leader Iain Duncan Smith said that Raab’s resignation as Brexit secretary is “devastating” for May.

“It sounds like he has been ignored,” he told the BBC.

Raab’s departure will undoubtedly encourage other Brexit supporters to question the deal, political commentators have observed.

Esther McVey: Deal ‘does not honor’ Brexit referendum

Work and Pensions Secretary Esther McVey didn’t hold back when issuing her own letter of resignation. According to McVey, the deal “does not honour” the result of the Brexit referendum, in which a majority of Brits voted to leave the European Union.

Suella Braverman: ‘Unable to sincerely support’ deal

Suella Braverman, a junior minister in Britain’s Brexit ministry, issued her resignation on Thursday, saying that she couldn’t stomach the deal.

“I now find myself unable to sincerely support the deal agreed yesterday by cabinet,” she said in a letter posted on Twitter.

Suella Braverman, MP Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for the Department for Exiting the EU © Global Look Press / Joel Goodman
Braverman said that the deal is not what the British people voted for, and threatened to tear the country apart.

“It prevents an unequivocal exit from a customs union with the EU,” she said.

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Five Saudis Face Death Penalty Over Khashoggi Killing; Crown Prince Cleared

According to the Saudi prosecutor, five people charged are believed to have been involved in “ordering and executing the crime.”



Via Zerohedge

Saudi Arabia public prosecutor Sheikh Shaalan al-Shaalan said on Thursday that the kingdom will seek the death penalty for five suspects among the 11 charged in the killing of journalist Jamal Khashoggi, confirming suspicions that members of the murder squad purportedly sent to “interrogate” Khashoggi will now themselves face beheadings as the Saudi Royal Family closes ranks around the Crown Prince, per the FT.

As for Mohammed bin Salman who runs the day to day affairs of the world’s top oil exporter and is the de facto head of OPEC, the prosecutor said had “no knowledge” of the mission, effectively absolving him of any domestic suspicion, if not international.

The charges were handed down after the kingdom dismissed five senior intelligence officers and arrested 18 Saudi nationals in connection with Khashoggi’s disappearance. The Saudi insider-turned-dissident journalist disappeared on Oct. 2 after entering the Saudi Arabian consulate in Istanbul to pick up documents that would have allowed him to marry his fiance. Khashoggi was a legal resident of Virginia.

According to the Saudi prosecutor, five people charged are believed to have been involved in “ordering and executing the crime,” according to CNN.

The prosecutor said that the former Saudi deputy intelligence chief, Ahmed al-Assiri, ordered a mission to force Khashoggi to go back to Saudi Arabia and formed a team of 15 people.

They were divided into three groups, the Saudi Public Prosecutor said: a negotiation team, an intelligence team and a logistical team.

It was the head of the negotiating team who ordered the killing of Khashoggi, the prosecutor said.

The Saudis stuck by latest (ever changing) narrative that the Washington Post columnist was killed after a mission to abduct him went awry. The deputy chief of intelligence ordered that Khashoggi be brought back to the kingdom, Shaalan said. The team killed him after the talks failed and his body was handed to a “collaborator” in Turkey, he said.

Asked whether Saud al-Qahtanti, an aide to Prince Mohammed, had any role in the case, Shaalan said that a royal adviser had a coordinating role and had provided information. The former adviser was now under investigation, the prosecutor said, declining to reveal the names of any of those facing charges.

Al-Shaalan did reveal that a total of 21 suspects are now being held in connection with the case. Notably, the decision to charge the 5 comes after National Security Advisor John Bolton repudiated reports that a recording of Khashoggi’s murder made by Turkish authorities suggested that Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman was behind the murder plot.

But as long as OPEC+ is planning to do “whatever it takes” to boost oil prices, the US’s willingness to give the Saudis a pass could always be tested if crude prices again turn sharply higher.

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U.S. May Impose Sanctions Against Turkey Over S-400 “Threat” To F-35

The United States continues to consider the S-400 air defense system a threat to its F-35 fifth generation stealth fighter platform.

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Authored by Al Masdar News:

Turkish officials have repeatedly insisted that Ankara’s purchase of the advanced Russian air defense system poses no threat whatsoever to the NATO alliance. Last month, the Turkish defense ministry announced that delivery of S-400s to Turkey would begin in October 2019.

The United States continues to consider the S-400 air defense system a threat to its F-35 fifth generation stealth fighter platform, and may impose sanctions against Ankara, Turkey’s Anadolu news agency has reported, citing a high-ranking source in Washington.

“I can’t say for certain whether sanctions will be imposed on Ankara over the S-400 contract, but the possibility is there. The US administration is not optimistic about this issue,” the source said.

While admitting that Turkey was a sovereign state and therefore had the right to make decisions on whom it buys its weapons from, the source stressed that from the perspective of these weapons’ integration with NATO systems, the S-400 was “problematic.”

The source also characterized the deployment of S-400s in areas where US F-35 fifth-generation stealth fighters are set to fly as “a threat,” without elaborating.

Emphasizing that negotiations between Washington and Ankara on the issue were “continuing,” the source said that there were also “positive tendencies” in negotiations between the two countries on the procurement of the Patriot system, Washington’s closest analogue to the S-400 in terms of capabilities.

Designed to stop enemy aircraft, cruise and ballistic missiles at ranges of up to 400 km and altitudes of up to 30 km, the S-400 is currently the most advanced mobile air defense system in Russia’s arsenal. Russia and India signed a ruble-denominated contract on the delivery of five regiments of S-400s worth $5 billion late last month.

Last week, the Saudi Ambassador to Russia said that talks on the sale of the system to his country were ongoing. In addition to Russia, S-400s are presently operated by Belarus and China, with Beijing expecting another delivery of S-400s by 2020.

Washington has already slapped China with sanctions over its purchase of S-400s and Su-35 combat aircraft in September. India, however, has voiced confidence that it would not be hit with similar restrictions, which the US Treasury has pursued under the 2017 Counter America’s Adversaries Through Sanctions Act (CAATSA).

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