ジャマル・カショーギの失踪に世界的な注目が集まる: ずくなしの冷や水

2018年10月11日

ジャマル・カショーギの失踪に世界的な注目が集まる

ジャマル・カショーギの失踪に世界的な注目が集まっています。
ジャマル・カショーギはサウジ人、米国に在住してワシントンポストなどに寄稿していました。

彼はトルコ人のフィアンセと結婚するため、離婚を証する書類を受け取りにイスタンブールのサウジ領事館に入ったきり、姿を消してしまいました。



彼は、サウジのクラウンプリンスMBSの政策を厳しく批判していましたので、MBSの指示による暗殺だろうと推測されています。

サウジ領事館は、書類の申請を受けて2018/10/2に交付することになっていたのでしょう。ジャマル・カショーギが書類の受領に領事館に入ったのですが、このとき領事館の外には婚約者が待っていました。11時間待ち続けたといいます。

そして何かあったらエルドアンのアドバイザーに連絡するように婚約者に告げていました。

サウジは、調査不足で婚約者が外で待っていることを知らないまま、予定の行動を起こしました。この日、サウジから自家用飛行機でイスタンブールへ二組が到着し、その多くはその日のうちにイスタンブールを飛び立ったとされています。

1組は10/2の午前3時にイスタンブールに到着し、午後1時過ぎのジャマル・カショーギの到着を待っていたとされます。この暗殺団は15名で名前と顔写真がトルコの新聞に載りました。

暗殺団はイスタンブール到着後、ホテルにチェックイン。ですが宿泊はせずにトルコを去りました。ホテルをとったのは、ジャマル・カショーギが10/2に現れず、遅れて現れても対応できるようにするためです。そして、宿泊はせずに去ったことはこの暗殺団がもっぱらジャマル・カショーギのためにトルコに来たことを示します。

暗殺団の多くがその日のうちにイスタンブールを去ったのは、長く滞在して事件が知られ、トルコ政府が事件の関係者の出国停止の措置をとることを恐れたからです。

15人の暗殺団の各人の名前と顔はトルコが把握して公表までしました。メンバーの中には、MBSの親衛隊に属する者が含まれていることまで判明しています。

ワシントンポストとNYTがこの事件を詳しく報じ、米国当局は放置することができなくなっています。トランプ一族と米国の親サウジ議員はサウジからカネをもらっていますから、困惑しているでしょう。何が飛び出すかわかりません。

英国のギャロウエイは英国のMSMがこの事件を一面で取り上げないのは、報道機関自体がサウジからカネをもらっているからで、同じことをロシアやイラン政府がやったら戦争になるところだと皮肉っています。

MBSは、完全に苦境に陥ってしまいました。彼は失脚の恐れがあります。現国王は苦労して実の息子が王位を継げるようにしたのに、出来の悪い息子を選んでしまいました。

トルコ警察が領事館内の捜索の要請をしていますが、まだ時期は決まっていません。中です。


RTがギャロウェイの寄稿を掲載しています。特に新しい事実の摘示はありませんが、過去の記録だけでこれだけ書けるのは日ごろの観察、検討によってどれほどの蓄積ができているかを示します。この記事をすらすらと読解できれば、あなたは中東の最新情報に後れを取っていないということです。

RT2018/10/9
Boxed off: If Saudi dictatorship murdered & dismembered critic in Turkey, how would Erdogan respond?
As Riyadh is accused of allegedly murdering their critic Jamal Khashoggi in Turkey, the key question is how President Erdogan would respond if suspicions are confirmed. My money is on him responding with blood and iron.

Khashoggi was allegedly killed inside the Saudi consulate in Turkey last week. If a Washington Post columnist had been ‘murdered and dismembered’ in Moscow, the UN Security Council would already be in session. If he had been carried out in boxes from an Iranian Embassy, the US and its allies would already be at war with Iran.

Not one British newspaper has reported the story on their front page despite the UK's kissing-close relationship with the Saudi Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman (MbS) and the fact that Khashoggi was, only a week ago, a visitor to London where he appeared on the state broadcaster BBC.

Saudi Arabia denies having murdered Khashoggi, a writer on the Washington Post and exiled critic of the absolutist monarchy, inside his country's consulate in Istanbul. But Turkish sources close to President Erdogan say that is the preliminary finding of their police officers examining the alleged scene of the crime.

For certain, Khashoggi, a resident in Washington, has disappeared.

His fiancée waited for him outside the consulate into which he had gone to attend to paperwork in connection to his impending marriage in Turkey. He never came out. Turkish sources report a 15-man potential hit and disposal team which had flown in from Riyadh and left the country on the day of Khashoggi's disappearance.

If Turkish suspicions are confirmed, sharp questions - sharper than any cleaver - arise for a large circle of international players.

The first is Turkey itself. If true, the Khashoggi murder in Istanbul is a blood-insult to Turkish strong-man president Erdogan. Khashoggi is/was close to the political line of the Muslim Brotherhood which Erdogan supported.

Turkey sides with Qatar in the comic-opera stand-off between the emirate and its bigger neighbor Saudi Arabia. The Qatari-funded international media network is in concert with Turkish media in a chorus of condemnation.

If Erdogan keeps schtum about this apparently unspeakable crime it will be a major blow to his prestige - inside and outside Turkey. If he responds severely, he will place himself on yet another collision course with Donald Trump and his administration - who are deeply in the pockets of MbS.

Precisely because of the Trump family financial exposure to the Saudi regime, the US opposition will ramp up demands for Trump to take serious action against the Crown Prince (even though the Clinton family are equally in hock to Saudi beneficence).

After all, Khashoggi was living in political exile in the United States and working for the country's flagship newspaper, the Washington Post. Were Trump to do so, the extent of his true links - and those of his son-in-law - to MbS might become exposed.

Britain has been engaged in a kind of Dutch-auction with the US over the “modernizing” Prince, desperately touting for Saudi privatizations to be listed on the stock exchange in London rather than New York, selling weapons worth billions to massacre school children in Yemen and seconding British military personnel to help them do so. Resisting all opposition efforts, from shadow Foreign Secretary Emily Thornberry and even Corbyn himself, for an arms embargo.

The very newspapers which downplayed the crime today were only yesterday accepting lavish advertising of the “rock-star prince” during his recent visit to London, including the liberal ‘Guardian’. The entire British establishment may now find they have invested heavily in a man who turns out to be a gruesome Mafia-style killer though even Gambino's stomach might have turned at this one.

Inside the kingdom it is impossible to say what the impact of this and subsequent events will be, literally incalculable. The schismatic Al Saud ruling family is already deeply split. MbS only recently was said to be hanging his own relatives upside down in a luxury hotel turned prison until enough money fell out of their pockets to satisfy his shakedown of billions of dollars for his treasury. Whether this crime, or rather its consequences, will be the straw which broke the camel's back only time will tell.

Finally, let us examine the likelihood of these allegations being true.

The Al Saud family has a long and grisly history of abduction and murder.

The former Prime Minister of Lebanon Saad al Hariri was famously “kidnapped” whilst still in office by the current Crown prince and humiliatingly forced to fly to Riyadh and make a televised broadcast, like a hostage blinking into the cameras, reversing his policy on internal domestic Lebanese policies.

Even members of their own family are not exempt. In 2003, Sultan bin Turki bin Abdulaziz was drugged and kidnapped in Geneva by Saudi agents and flown home against his will. At least that's what he said when he escaped and launched a court action against his own family in Switzerland in 2016.

Prince Turki bin Bandar Al Saud was another suspected of being abducted and rendered to the kingdom. When he escaped and moved to Paris he began opposition to the regime in 2012. His whereabouts are unknown but a Moroccan newspaper reported that subsequently Morocco detained him and sent him back to Riyadh.

Another prince, Saud bin Saif al Nasr, a Twitter opponent of the regime, is said also to have been tricked onto a Saudi-bound plane and his current whereabouts are unknown.

Other less princely opponents of the Saudi regime are of course beheaded, crucified and tortured in record numbers last year and this. Many others languish on Death Row.

The Crown Prince is gambling everything on a series of clearly failing policies. His war on Yemen is an unmitigated disaster. Despite 80% of Yemen's already poor population facing starvation according to the UN, and scores of thousands of deaths from bombing and from Cholera, Saudi Arabia is no closer to winning the war against its impoverished neighbor than it was when it started.

His multi-billion pound investment in the crucifixion of Syria has been a catastrophic failure, and not just for the hundreds of thousands of dead Syrians. As the Chinese say “sometimes the enemy struggles mightily to lift a huge stone, only to drop it on their own feet.”

My own guess is that Trump is already tiring of MbS, not least because the economy of Saudi Arabia is making it hard for the rulers to keep their hysterical financial promises to the Americans. Certainly Trump's recent insult, that he told the Saudi monarch “King: you wouldn't last two weeks in power without our support” can be read that way.

My money is on Erdogan responding with blood and iron to the Crown Prince's alleged outrage against Turkish sovereignty.

A new sense of outrage might even begin to emerge from the so-called mainstream media fan-club of the rock star prince, though I wouldn't put money on that.

In the end, even Elvis had to finally leave the building.
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