What was a closely guarded secret in diplomatic circles and mainstream media is out of the closet now, even in the USA where criticism if Saudi Arabia is as off limits as criticism of Gay BLT agenda, Black Lives Matter or the campaign for post natal abortion. What happened last month, shielded from view by the kerfuffle in Qatar, was in fact a soft coup in the House of Saud as the Wahhabi Muslim fanatic, Prince Mohammad bin Salman, aka MBS, was elevated to prime contender in the succession stakes.
Saudi Arabia is known for its liberal end enlightened approch to justice (image source)
Nearly a month ago, as I’ve written elsewhere, only by looking at news feeds from such organisations as Al Jazeera, Straits Times of Singapore, Times of India and other regional sources I surmised: "The CIA is very unhappy at actions of Saudi Arabia in blockading Qatar by sea, air and land, on the pretext that the government of Qatar sponsors terrorism. While there is no bigger sponsor of terrorosm anywhere in the world that Saudi Arabia, the real reason for the actions appears to have been to undermine the position of Crown Prince Mohammad bin Nayef who can now only refelect that he "cudda been a contender.
The new favourite for the Saudi succession stakes, Mohammad bin Salman is regarded as the man behind recent sponsoring of terrorism. The Saudis hoped their action against Qatar would trigger regime change in the tiny kingdom on the Persian Gulf, but instead of a coup in Doha, what happened was actually a soft coup in Riyadh. While the ancient and ailing King Salaman remains nominally in charge, the fanatical Muslim extremist is the de fact ruler according to diplomatic sources.
"The CIA blocked the coup in Qatar and the Saudis reacted by dumping the CIA-selected Mohammed bin Nayef, who was to be the next king. The Saudis are scared. The monarchy is in trouble, with an extremist opposed to maintaining any ties with the west poised to take over from a King who could hand in his crown at any moment.
Anonymous sources quoted by news feeds also mentioned another narrative circulating in Middle East diplomatic circles, which has US intel, "indirectly", acting to stop a coup against the young Emir of Qatar, Sheikh Tamim al-Thani, orchestrated by Mohammed bin Zayed, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi, with the support of Blackwater/Academi’s army of mercenaries in the United Arab Emirates. Zayed, by pure coincidence, happens to be MBS’s mentor.
Now, a month late, but this is the Arab world we are dealing with, confirmation of the soft coup in Riyadh has been splashed on the front page of The New York Times. In reality little has changed, we now simply know for sure instead of guessinhg, that while Putin's air force and Iran's elite troops have helped Iraq and Syria drive ISIS out of their territory, the most economically and militarily powerful middle eastern state is controlled by Islamic extremists. If the CIA does not trust the arrogant, inexperienced and hubristic MBS it is a good indication of how dangerous for the world these developments are.
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