While events were ongoing in Turkey, the Crown Prince, one of the major players in this increasingly dangerous game was attending the Riyadh Investment Forum despite the absence of a number of significant Westerners, JPMorgan Chas, Siemans and so on, surely not implicit boycotters. I have just drawn him- The Crown Prince, a man who appears so charismatic, caught up in a mess beyond his conytrol. It beggars belief.
Still life goes on – though not for Khashoggi.
12 megadeals, amounting to $50 billion, cemented in Riyadh this morning just as President Erdogan began speaking in Ankara. That is almost 17 times the wealth of the Crown Prince himself.
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A perfect caricature.
You are aware that Khasogghi was certainly a member of the Muslim brotherhood which may explain why he was so comfortable with the current Turkish regime which undoubtedly also has links, or sympathies, with the MB itself. Remember the way the MB has managed to garner support from people like Hilary Clinton, yet also check out the atrocities committed in their name – the killing of shi’a civilians, for instance, in Abu Musallim after President Mohamed Morsi was elected, for example (https://www.hrw.org/news/2013/06/27/egypt-lynching-shia-follows-months-hate-speech). The problem lies in the mass of contradictions. Firstly, Morsi was the first democratically-elected Egyptian leader. Since his imprisonment by President Sisi, many MB members have been imprisoned and face possible orders of execution on multiple charges. (Essam el-Erian, politician Mohamed el-Beltagy, Salafi preacher Safwat Hegazy, former youth minister Osama Yassin and cleric Abdel-Rahman el-Barr). Under Sisi, there have been about 40,000 political prisoners detained. Secondly, the Muslim Brotherhood itself, while on the one hand a grass-roots religious charity, also supports a hard-line terrorist cells and was active in getting the British out of Egypt, even if this was not quite what its founder Ḥasan al-Bannāʾ envisaged for his movement. Among the clear terrorist incidents is the attempt on President Nasser’s life on 26th Oct 1954. The MB renounced officially violence in the 1970s. It embraced political activism reluctantly and indeed expelled its first presidential candidate, Abdel-Moneim Abul-Fotouh, from the party. The second candidate, Khairat al-Shater, was declared unfit by the electoral commission, pushing Morsi forward. Thirdly, the MB arrived on the political scene at the same time as a very strict Islamicist party, the Nūr Party. So there is room for confused ideology. Finally, when Morsi was deposed, the MB instigated riots across Egypt which stopped because of a popular movement against the party, successfully called by Sisi “to confront violence and terrorism”.
Whether MB was responsible for the suicide bomb outside a police station will never be clear (Al Quaida claimed responsibility but that does not mean much)
It is clear that the MB demanded the revival of a Christian tax on the Copts.
It is far from clear who was responsible for the Tahrir Square massacre (12th October) though over 800 people died when the Mubarrak regime collapsed.
Today, they receive support from Qatar and, therefore, Al Jezeera.
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