The mad campaign, and this is the sincerest description of it, against Saudi Arabia in the past few days required a firm response from Saudi Arabia, and so it happened.
It is unreasonable for foreign ministers in Europe or members of respectable parliaments, as well as in America, to agree with Al Jazeera channel’s nonsense and its anchors’ insults.
Even the campaigns of American leftist podiums, such as the Washington Post and the New York Times, in addition to British leftists newspapers, could have been confronted via the media itself or via the law in the case of legally detecting media “crimes”, which these podiums have committed under the headline of the case of Saudi Journalist Jamal Khashoggi’s “disappearance” in Turkey.
What do American Congressmen and other western politicians want Saudi Arabia to do? To stop confronting the Muslim Brotherhood? To end its willingness to confront the rhetoric of extremism and “leftist” chaotic groups that support them? This is impossibleMashari Althaydi
Mad accusations incited by dark hatred that leads the writers of these reports, some of which have been even written by global news agencies whom a journalist with a sectarian or political agenda against Saudi Arabia writes to. This is what we would find out if we examine the background of the writers of these reports and who are writing behind “foreign” fronts.
Provoking Saudi Arabia
What provoked Saudi anger is the blackmail of the state which embraces the qibla of Muslims, and which is the protector of the Two Holy Mosques and which is currently leading an Islamic orientation to eliminate all groups that are extremist and that distort religion and exploit it in the market of terror – groups which the Muslim Brotherhood is at the forefront of.
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What do American Congressmen and other western politicians want Saudi Arabia to do?
To stop confronting the Muslim Brotherhood? To end its willingness to confront the rhetoric of extremism and “leftist” chaotic groups that support them?
This is impossible.
Hence, the decisive and clear Saudi response came in the statement published by the Saudi Press Agency and which quoted an “official source.” The warnings and clarifications were as such: “The kingdom rejects any threats and attempts to undermine it whether by alluding to economic sanctions, using political pressure or repeating false accusations.” The clearer warning stated: “Any action against the kingdom will be responded to with a greater reaction.”
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In reference to the media and political craze over dealing with the “Khashoggi disappearance” case, the Saudi official source asserted that Saudi Arabia appreciates the support of allies in the face of an organized campaign of false allegations, and values the voices of reason who have employed wisdom and not rush to conclusions that “aim to achieve the goals of hidden agendas and have nothing to do with finding the truth.”
The beautiful statement quoting the Saudi official source was further detailed by General Manager of Al Arabiya News Channel Turki Aldakhil’s op-ed that was published on Al Arabiya’s website. Aldakhil wrote: “The information circulating within decision-making circles within the kingdom have gone beyond the language used in the statement and discuss more than 30 potential measures to be taken against the imposition of sanctions on Riyadh.”
Anyone who reads Turki Aldakhil’s op-ed can find plenty and decisive Saudi options to respond, and the message is: Enough of this nonsense and blackmail in Khashoggi’s case and other cases. Enough is enough!
This article is also available in Arabic.
Saudi journalist Mashari Althaydi presents Al Arabiya News Channel’s “views on the news” daily show “Maraya.” He has previously held the position of a managing senior editor for Saudi Arabia & Gulf region at pan-Arab newspaper Asharq al-Awsat. Althaydi has published several papers on political Islam and social history of Saudi Arabia. He appears as a guest on several radio and television programs to discuss the ideologies of extremist groups and terrorists. He tweets under @MAlthaydy.