The Saudi state is today facing a huge storm created by a media frenzy and politically motivated campaign over the death of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi.
Khashoggi died due to recklessness of some employees who have been arrested and are being interrogated. It’s clear that their purpose was not to kill Khashoggi.
Regarding the biased global campaigns against Saudi Arabia by exploiting Jamal’s story, we ask do you want to know what happened? What’s responsible for it? Who will be held accountable? This was done, or is there something else required from Saudi Arabia? Here’s a reminder to the delusional.
The age of the Saudi state with all its “modern” phases is around 300 years. The giant Saudi project was launched in the Arabian Peninsula in 1744 and that empire expanded to the far east, west, north and south in Arab countries.
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Following failed Ottoman campaigns via its rulers in Iraq or Egypt, the fiercest campaign was launched led by the most dangerous general in the East Ibrahim Pasha following the death of the great Saud.
Ad-Diriyah fell following an epic steadfastness in 1818 but almost four years later, the state emerged again miraculously with the power of second Founder Imam Turki bin Abdullah, the father of the grandfather of King Abdulaziz, the third founder.
Following internal strife and foreign conspiracies, the second state collapsed but this was just for few years. The Saudi emergence happened from al-Yamama in the Arabian Peninsula and morning dawned from the fences of Riyadh castle in 1902.
The third Saudi state has been developed and steadfast ever since as the enemies’ attacks and the traitors’ incitement to evil from within have failed.
This chapter of blackmailing Saudi Arabia with Jamal Khashoggi’s story is like what preceded it, no matter which way the storm’s winds blowMashari Althaydi
Centuries of challenges
Six kings from the sons of the founder of the third state have ruled. They have witnessed all the challenges during the 20th century, during their father’s life and after they assumed power, from the two world wars to the Cold War conspiracies and its upheavals between the eastern and western camps after the end of WWII, and they sailed with the country and its people to safety.
In 1990, Kuwait evaporated from the map and the Iraqi army of Saddam swallowed it. Saudi Arabia rejected this and restored Kuwait despite the noise of the Brotherhood, the Arab left and nationalists and the entire global left.
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Then there was al-Sahwa strife by the group of al-Faqih, al-Massari, al-Hawali, al-Ouda and others and which aimed to ignite sedition in the kingdom, but their swords were shattered on the rocks of the Saudi state.
The last of this strife was the incitement of the so-called Arab Spring, which ended the reign of some rulers and tampered with Arab countries. Saudi Arabia toppled this conspiracy and strongly and fiercely defended Bahrain and Egypt from the conspiracies of parties, some of whom are Jamal’s beloved.
This chapter of blackmailing Saudi Arabia with Jamal Khashoggi’s story is like what preceded it, no matter which way the storm’s winds blow.
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.