Analysis, Side Feature

Views on the News – 20 Oct 2018


  • Saudi Arabia’s Barbaric, Blood-Soaked Tyrant MBS is no Crown Prince Charming – it’s Time President Trump held his Medieval Mate’s Feet to the Fire
  • Pakistan May not Approach IMF: PM Imran Khan
  • Show Loyalty by Eating Pork, Beijing tells Uighur Muslims
  • After Politics Tutorial from Pompeo, Saudi acknowledges Khashoggi Died in Consulate
  • China State Paper decries Western Hypocrisy over China’s Oppression of Muslims
  • America National Security Adviser wants Withdrawal from Russian Nuclear Arms Treaty

Saudi Arabia’s Barbaric, Blood-Soaked Tyrant MBS is no Crown Prince Charming – It’s Time President Trump held his Medieval Mate’s Feet to the Fire

What’s the worst way to possibly die? It’s hard to imagine anything more sickening and barbaric than what is alleged to have happened to Saudi Arabian journalist Jamal Khashoggi, a columnist for the Washington Post. He was apparently lured to the Saudi consulate in Istanbul, Turkey, where he was confronted by a 15-man hit squad that had flown in from Riyadh to murder him. But not, it is claimed, quickly. He was dragged from the consul-general’s office to the table of a study next door. There, for seven long, agonising minutes, Khashoggi was reportedly tortured and hacked to pieces with a bone-saw while he was still alive. He was decapitated and had his fingers cut off one by one. Then, the severed remains of his torso were put in 15 plastic bags and removed, to be later dissolved in acid. Khashoggi’s ‘horrendous’ screams of pain were so loud they were heard downstairs by a witness. The chief executioner was allegedly ‘Dr Death’ Salah Muhammad al-Tubaigy, ‘head of forensic evidence’ for the Saudi general security department. His official title is President of the Saudi Fellowship of Forensic Pathology and he’s a man who enjoys his work. As Tubaigy began to dismember Khashoggi’s body, he apparently put on earphones and listened to music, advising other members of the squad to do the same. A 15-man team of highly trained men including royal House of Saud bodyguards and intelligence officers weren’t sent from Saudi Arabia to Turkey to have a ‘little chat’ with Khashoggi. They were sent to silence him – permanently. And to do it in such a despicable and depraved manner that it would deter others from following his path. Khashoggi’s death, if it hadn’t blown into a global scandal, would have been just another minor piece of murderous messy business for MBS, a man who has displayed an astonishingly ruthless capacity for callous acts of barbarism. After all, it is he who has presided over the on-going and appalling Saudi-led war crimes in Yemen, costing more than 16,000 civilian deaths and widespread famine.  It is he who has allowed the extremist Wahhabi doctrine of Islam to gather steam, the one that drives ISIS and other Islamist terror groups.  It is he, according to yesterday’s The New Yorker, who sent a bullet in an envelope to persuade a land-registry official to help him seize some land. And it is he who rounded up, imprisoned (in a five star hotel) and in some cases tortured over 500 other members of the Saudi royal family to blackmail them into paying multi-billion-dollar ransoms for their release. Yet he’s somehow managed to draw a veil over all this murder and mayhem and con the smartest brains in the west into thinking he’s some kind of softer, gentler, reforming genius. In fact, MBS is a duplicitous, dangerous hardline fraud – the kind of man who publicly pushed for women to drive whilst privately overseeing the arrest of women’s rights activists. [Source: Daily Mail]

For decades the Saudi regime has perpetrated despicable crimes against the ummah and her sons and daughters, while all the time professing to be the vanguard of Islam and proclaiming good deeds. Allah (swt) says بَشِّرِ الْمُنَافِقِينَ بِأَنَّ لَهُمْ عَذَابًا أَلِيمًا “To the Hypocrites give the glad tidings that there is for them (but) a grievous penalty” [Al Nisa: 138]


Pakistan May not Approach IMF: PM Imran Khan

Prime Minister Imran Khan on Wednesday said that Pakistan may not have to approach the International Monetary Fund (IMF) for loans. Talking to a delegation of the Council of Newspapers Editors (CPNE), All Pakistan Newspapers Society (APNS) and Pakistan Broadcasters Association (PBA) at the Prime Minister’s Office, the premier reminded that the government is consulting some friendly countries and urged them for cooperation. “Their response is positive. I am quite hopeful that we will not have to approach the IMF for our economic needs,” he said. Imran Khan contented that the government wants to lessen the problems of common man. He said special emphasis is being laid on education, health and social sector. He said the government is in contact with friendly countries to overcome the economic problems. He said the government fully believes in freedom of expression and also welcomes constructive criticism. However, he said, the media should demonstrate responsibility. The prime minister announced withdrawal of five percent duty on news print. He said the government will support the media industry and solve its problems. He conceded that the media was also facing problems due to economic problems in the country. Imran Khan said that economy of the country has been badly ruined. He said institutions have been destroyed. He said the previous governments had borrowed so much that it had become hard to repay the loans.“Had the former government not received loans or the amount so received was utilised properly, the economy of the country would have been in a good shape,” he said. The premier said the people’s funds were misused under the previous governments. He said millions and millions of rupees were consumed from the government exchequer. He said the people’s funds were used illegally. He revealed that authorities had unearthed 128 such bank accounts where billions of rupees transaction was done, but the accounts belonged to vendors, students and rickshaw drivers and deceased people. Meanwhile, Finance Minister Asad Umar said while talking to a private new channel that a team of the IMF is arriving in Pakistan on November 7. The minister said the PTI had said before the elections that it will explore all the options. He said the government don’t want to fully rely on the IMF and would do anything to bring improvement in the economy. He said the loan programme with the IMF is almost final, but the government will have to see that the IMF doesn’t place any undoable conditions for Pakistan in return. He said the government is also exploring other options to avoid problems if the IMF programme didn’t materialise. [Source: The News]

Who is to be believed here: the Prime Minister Khan or his finance minister who has openly confessed to engaging the IMF. Khan’s u-turns clearly underscore that he is bereft of a plan and has no clue what needs to be done!


Show Loyalty by Eating Pork, Beijing tells Uighur Muslims

China has demanded that the country’s Muslim Uighur minority turn its back on the Quran and eat pork. As part of its war on terror, the Communist Party has begun an anti-halal movement to stamp out what it believes are radical religious thoughts shared among the country’s 11 million Uighurs. Beijing is suspicious of all religions, perceiving them as a threat to party rule, but it is particularly anxious about Islam, which it blames for fuelling militant violence. The authorities in Xinjiang, in the far west of the country, are holding hundreds of thousands of Uighurs in detention camps and forcing them to undergo “deradicalisation” programmes. Prisoners are made to eat pork, recant their Islamic beliefs and sing songs that praise the Chinese regime.This is believed to come as part of the Chinese government efforts to stop Islam from “penetrating secular life” and increasing “extremism”. The news has been finding massive reactions from human rights activists and Muslims all over the world who expressed their condemnation and denounced the Chinese authorities attempts to ethnically cleanse the Xinjiang Muslims. Lately, China has been set to face heavy criticism from the international community as more reports had emerged on the mass-detentions faced by the Uyghurs in China. Meanwhile, the Chinese government is still denying reports that accuse it of systematically targeting the beliefs of Muslims in Xinjiang. [Source: The Times, Al Bawaba]

The Chinese government is fighting a losing battle against the Muslims despite the harsh intellectually bankrupt tactics. No matter how hard they try, Islam will prevail.


After Politics Tutorial from Pompeo, Saudi acknowledges Khashoggi Died in Consulate

After the visit this week of US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo to Saudi Arabia, where he met with the Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman, evidently to explain how he should save himself from this situation, the Saudi government has finally issued a statement acknowledging the death of Khashoggi inside the Saudi consulate in Istanbul, Turkey, and dismissing two senior officials; according to Reuters:

Saudi Arabia said on Saturday that journalist Jamal Khashoggi died in a fight inside its Istanbul consulate and that it fired two senior officials over his death, an account President Donald Trump said was credible but U.S. lawmakers found hard to believe.

Saudi Arabia’s acknowledgement that Khashoggi died in the consulate came after two weeks of denials that it had anything to do with his disappearance, and followed growing demands from Western allies for an explanation of what happened.

His disappearance sparked a global outcry and prompted some U.S. lawmakers to call for harsh action against Riyadh.

Saudi state media said King Salman had ordered the dismissal of two senior officials: Saud al-Qahtani, a royal court advisor seen as the right-hand man to Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, and deputy intelligence chief Ahmed Asiri, a statement on state media said.

Saudi Arabia provided no evidence to support its account of the circumstances that led to Khashoggi’s death and it was unclear whether Western allies would be satisfied with the Saudi version of events.

“I think it’s a good first step, it’s a big step. It’s a lot of people, a lot of people involved, and I think it’s a great first step,” Trump, who has made close ties with Saudi Arabia a centerpiece of his foreign policy, told reporters in Arizona.

“Saudi Arabia has been a great ally. What happened is unacceptable,” he said, adding that he would speak with the crown prince.

Trump also emphasized Riyadh’s importance in countering regional rival Iran and the importance for American jobs of massive U.S. arms sales to Saudi Arabia.

Some U.S. lawmakers however were unpersuaded by Riyadh’s account.

“To say that I am skeptical of the new Saudi narrative about Mr. Khashoggi is an understatement,” said Republican U.S. Senator Lindsey Graham, a Trump ally who has been sharply critical of Saudi Arabia over the incident.

Trump said he would be working with Congress on next moves, but “I would prefer that we don’t use as retribution cancelling $110 billion worth of work, which means 600,000 jobs …. we need them as a counterbalance to Iran.”

US President Donald Trump makes it quite clear that America is only concerned with its own national interests. When America has been pursuing the murder of hundreds of thousands of Muslims in Afghanistan, Iraq, Libya, Syria and Yemen then why ever should America be concerned with the murder of a single individual?! Trump has immediately accepted the Saudi explanation in order to save the Saudi regime. The present rulers of Saudi Arabia are American agents and it falls to America to protect them from their own stupidity in their apparent killing of Khashoggi. If the US has delayed and drawn out the solution of this issue a little, then it is only because the US wants to use this opportunity to extract even more concessions from the Saudi regime.


China State Paper Decries Western Hypocrisy over China’s Oppression of Muslims

According to Reuters:

The western media is guilty of “double standards” when it comes to reporting on China’s restive northwestern region of Xinjiang, the official China Daily said in an editorial on Friday.

China has faced an outcry from human rights groups, foreign governments and United Nations rights experts over what they say are mass detentions and strict surveillance of the mostly Muslim ethnic Uighur minority in Xinjiang.

Beijing has denied accusations that it is systematically violating the rights of Xinjiang’s Muslims, saying it is only cracking down on extremism and “splittism” in the region…

The U.N. human rights panel said in August that China is believed to be holding up to 1 million ethnic Uighurs in a secretive system of “internment camps” in Xinjiang, where they undergo political education.

Beijing has denied that such camps are for “political education” and says they are instead vocational training centers, part of government initiatives to bolster economic growth and social mobility in the region.

It is true that China is oppressing Muslims on a vast scale, particularly in the province of Xinjiang, where it operates secretive ‘internment camps’. But it is also true that the West is simultaneously engaged not only in efforts for the massive re-education of Muslims in Western countries but also to dominate, control and exploit Muslim lands from Morocco to Indonesia. Muslims will only be free from oppression once they take matters in their own hands, re-establishing the righteous Islamic Khilafah (Caliphate) State upon the method of the Prophet ﷺ that will unify all Muslims lands, liberating territories occupied by the disbelieving foreigners, such as Palestine, Kashmir, Chechnya and Xinjiang.


America National Security Adviser wants Withdrawal from Russian Nuclear Arms Treaty

Not content with pushing the conflict with China into a new Cold War, America also wishes to challenge Russia; according to the Guardian:

John Bolton is pushing for the US to withdraw from a cold war-era arms control treaty with Russia, in the face of resistance from others in the Trump administration and US allies, according to sources briefed on the initiative.

Bolton, Donald Trump’s third national security adviser, has issued a recommendation for withdrawal from the 1987 intermediate-range nuclear forces treaty (INF), which the US says Russia has been violating with the development of a new cruise missile.

Withdrawal from the treaty, which would mark a sharp break in US arms control policy, has yet to be agreed upon by cabinet and faces opposition from within the state department and the Pentagon. A meeting on Monday at the White House to discuss the withdrawal proposal was postponed.

The INF faces a congressionally imposed deadline early next year. An amendment in the 2019 defence spending bill requires the president to tell the Senate by 15 January whether Russia is in “material breach” of the treaty, and whether the INF remains legally binding on the US.

Bolton, who has spent his career opposing arms control treaties, is seeking to shrug off the traditional role of national security adviser as a policy broker between the agencies, and become a driver of radical change from within the White House.

America has already signalled a shift towards confronting the rise of Russia and China in its latest National Defence Strategy, and US National Security Adviser John Bolton’s position is fully in accordance with that. Despite talk of a world where countries peacefully co-exist with one another, in reality America will never rest as long as there are any credible challenges to its position as the world’s foremost hegemon with full control over global wealth and resources. This is in stark contrast to the millennium through which the Islamic State was the world’s superpower bringing genuine peace and prosperity to all peoples. Wars were limited to chivalrous confrontations between military forces only, unlike the total war of today primarily targeting civilian populations. Indeed it was the Islamic State’s very open economic and educational policies that enabled intellectual renaissance within the backward Christian West but the West used their increasing strength and prosperity for evil instead of for good, replacing Christianity with the secular materialist Capitalist creed. The world will not return to peace and justice until Muslims rebuild their state upon the method of the Prophet ﷺ and assume their rightful position as guardians of mankind. Allah (swt) says in the Noble Qur’an: كُنتُمْ خَيْرَ أُمَّةٍ أُخْرِجَتْ لِلنَّاسِ تَأْمُرُونَ بِالْمَعْرُوفِ وَتَنْهَوْنَ عَنِ الْمُنكَرِ وَتُؤْمِنُونَ بِاللّهِ وَلَوْ آمَنَ أَهْلُ الْكِتَابِ لَكَانَ خَيْرًا لَّهُم مِّنْهُمُ الْمُؤْمِنُونَ وَأَكْثَرُهُمُ الْفَاسِقُونَ “You are the best nation produced [as an example] for mankind. You enjoin what is right and forbid what is wrong and believe in Allah. If only the People of the Scripture had believed, it would have been better for them. Among them are believers, but most of them are defiantly disobedient.” [Aal-i-Imran: 110]