An Egyptian View on Khashoqji
Posted November 8, 2018 by B. Webb
For the most part, Egyptian media studiously ignored the entire story, but when they did cover the story it was more to demonize the western media for blowing the incident completely out of proportion than it was to shed any light on what they think really happened.
An American citizen of Egyptian descent, self-described Islamic reformer, Dr. Tawfiq Ahmad recently offered up a possible new twist to the ever-changing story. The point he made was that when a political assassination takes place, it is not always the head of state of the perpetrators’ country that is responsible. As way of example Dr. Ahmad noted the assassination of former President of Egypt Anwar as-Sadat. The leader of the group that killed President as-Sadat was a Lt. in the Egyptian armed forces, and all the other perpetrators were all members of the Egyptian armed forces of which, as-Sadat was the Commander-in-Chief. So, is there anyone on the planet who seriously believes that as-Sadat ordered his own assassination?
The implication being that just because the alleged perpetrators are being described as “close” to Crown Prince Muhammad bin Salman (the defacto head of the Saudi state) does not mean that Crown
Prince Salman actually ordered it.
Here is my take on Dr. Ahmad’s observations:
Why was President as-Sadat killed? Because he visited Israel. That was tantamount to blaspheme to Islamic radicals.
Crown Prince Muhammad bin Salman paid a secret visit to Israel in the fall of 2017. He has also enacted a number of reforms, including clamping down on religious extremism and fundamentalism.
These moves have enraged the religious extremists, radicals, and fundamentalists in Saudi Arabia of which there are legions.
So, why not just assassinate the Crown Prince?
Perhaps the Crown Prince is too well guarded.
But why, then, assassinate a journalist who shares the views of the fundamentalists? Why kill one of their own?
If you can’t kill the Crown Prince, then commit a crime that can be used as a “false flag” to make it look like the Crown Prince did it, and that would generate such a huge international scandal that it would lead to the removal of the Crown Prince from office. The strictest shari’a and fundamentalist rules could then be re-imposed in Saudi Arabia.
The possibility of a “false flag” operation was hinted at by Dr. Ahmad when he asked the following: If the intention was to just kill Khashoqji, why did it take 15 men? Two or three was all it would take to kill him, if that.
So, why 15—unless your intention was to attract the world’s attention to the act.
Two or three men could slip into Turkey, do the deed, and slip out without attracting any attention. But 15 Saudis arriving all at once, then leaving the very next day . . . might as well hire a skywriter to tell the world “we killed Khashoqji!”
Which raises the question once more, that I raised in my previous essay on the Khshoqji affair. What really happened to Khashoqji? And, who ordered it?
All we really know for sure is that a camera attached to, or near, the Saudi consulate recorded Khashoqji’s entering the consulate. There was no camera evidence of Khashoqji leaving the Consulate.
However, eyewitness accounts tell of a “khashoqji double” leaving the consulate through the back door wearing Khashoqji’s clothes.
The Turks have supplied CCTV footage of two or three of the fifteen men whom they claim were close to the Saudi Crown prince and who arrived in Turkey the day before Khashoqji’s “disappearance” and departed later the day of the “incident.” The footage was extremely blurry, weak, and indistinct, making certain identification difficult.
Saudi authorities have admitted that Khashoqji was killed inside the consulate building, and that his murder was pre-meditated—but they did so only on the basis of Turkish intelligence and severe international pressure to “handle” the situation.
On this basis they have apprehended 18 individuals for questioning.
WHERE’S THE BEEF (BODY)?
But, we still have no body, or even a piece of a body, that could be identified as Khashoqji’s.
The tape recording the CIA head Gina Hapsel travelled to Istanbul to listen to at the invitation of the Turks, was the one supposedly from Khashoqji’s Apple watch, recorded by his cell phone which he left with his “fiancé” Khadija, and which every tech guru on the planet, including those from Apple, said did not have the range to have been picked up by anyone outside of the consulate.
Given the situation in Turkey today, and given that Erdogan has a definite ax to grind in this whole affair, it would not be wise to take anything Turkish intelligence, news reports, and/or Erdogan say(s) about this affair with anything less than a whole truck-load of salt.
The odds are still high that the assassination of Khashoqji was ordered by Crown Prince Muhammad bin Salman, but Dr. Tafiq Ahmad’s observations (which I should have thought of myself), and my subsequent analysis of his observations, have lowered those odds from 99.9% back to the 75% range.
The possibility that someone high up in the Saudi pantheon other than the Crown Prince ordered the “Khashoqji affair” should not be ruled out by anyone, and that this was done as a “false flag” operation to generate the volume of international uproar that would force the removal of the Crown Prince from the affairs of state, if not from life on the planet all together.
Finally, in answering the question as to “where is the body,” we should not rule out the possibility that he was never killed, but was whisked away and hidden somewhere, and that Khashoqji himself was in on the whole thing, as were Turkish intelligence operatives and his “fiancé.” But, if so, where is he?
Was the above-mentioned Khashoqji “double” really a double?
Another new twist to this story is that al-Jazeera TV is now quoting Turkish authorities saying that of the two jets that brought the alleged 15 assassins from Saudi Arabia, one of them was not searched prior to its departure, however they never said whether it was the plane that went to Cairo, then Riyadh, or the plane that went to Dubai, then Riyadh. This opens up the possibility that Khashoqji, or his body, or pieces of his body, could be in either Egypt, the U.A.E., or Saudi Arabia—or still somewhere in Turkey.
THE MAHDI HAS RISEN
What if the scenario of the Khashoqji “double” actually being Khashoqji himself turns out to be true? What would that be all about?
Both the Sunni and the Shi’a have a belief that at the End of Times, three personages will appear to move the final pieces into place. First will be a personage called the Mahdi. The word in Arabic means “the guided one.” His role will be to guide Muslims to the straight path, and gird them for the final battle against the anti-Christ.
The Anti-Christ will then make his appearance, trying to lead people astray (Many Muslims believe that the modern West is the anti-Christ). Finally, Jesus Christ himself will return to destroy the anti-Christ and force everyone to become Muslims.
Turkish president Erdogan’s driving ambition is to resurrect the old Ottoman Empire, led by himself, and to reform the Caliphate in alliance with the Muslim Brotherhood whose ideology parallels that of his own ruling (Justice and Development party) AKP.
What better way to make this happen than to whisk Khashoqji (who is/was the de-facto head of the Saudi branch of the MB) way somewhere. Keep him in hiding until the Saudis (Erdogan’s main competitors for leadership of the Sunni world) have been brought down low via this “false flag” operation . . . then “resurrect” Khashoqhi as the “Mahdi,” wed him to his “fiancé” Khadija (who is a member of Erdogan’s inner circle) . . . and, presto! You send shock waves all throughout the Islamic world (and beyond). Mobs riot in every Arab country. Muslim Brotherhood parties seize control and swear their allegiance to Erdogan as “Caliphe” and to Khashoqji as the “Mahdi.”
This may sound fantastic to westerners, but not to Middle Easterners. Whether or not there is any truth to this scenario or not, you can bet that Crown Prince Muhammad bin Salman’s fear that something of the sort may have been in the works between Khashoqji, Erdogan, and Khashoqji’s “fiancé” was what likely prompted him to have Khashoqji taken off the chess board—if in fact MBS was at all responsible.
Like I said in my previous Khashoqji essay, there are just too many things that don’t add up.
One thing that seems certain, is that there is a lot more to this whole issue than the assassination of a “journalist”/Muslim Brotherhood propagandist whom the Crown Prince didn’t like.