It is said that crises fold into themselves in the face of new opportunities, as transformations are born in the folds of a problem and opportunities are seized for the cheapest of prices.
Each party that has a demand accompanied by a bill from Saudi Arabia began drooling following the problem of journalist Jamal Khashoggi. Some want Saudi Arabia to stop rejecting the Muslim Brotherhood and to stop confronting the Iranian threat. This is in addition to other demands and financial blackmail.
Among the demands asked of Saudi Arabia is to stop confronting Iran’s agents in Yemen, i.e. the Houthis, under the pretext of pity over humanity – humanity which we did not see British leftist journalists shed tears over in Syria where there’s the largest disaster in the new century.
According to a report by Asharq Al-Awsat newspaper, Oxford Internet Institute researcher Lisa-Maria Neudert noted that Khashoggi’s death contributed to revealing the means of increased manipulation in information and social media networks to promote political purposesMashari Althaydi
Exploiting the Khashoggi case
A recent analysis by journalist and diplomatic editor Patrick Wintour in The Guardian discussed how to exploit the Khashoggi crisis so Saudi Arabia stops its work in Yemen to eliminate the Iranian threat there. He singled out Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman who angers the Brotherhood, Iran and the left everywhere. Our friend, the journalist, wants to intensify pressure on Saudi Arabia regarding Yemen after the murder of Jamal Khashoggi as this is “an opportunity that cannot be missed.”
What Wintour was saying is to use the opportunity, and turn the situation in Yemen to Iran’s favor and preoccupy Saudi Arabia with the claws of the Houthi cat as long as the Kingdom is suffering from the Jamal crisis!
This rude political exploitation and flagrant blackmail of Saudi Arabia was noticed, for instance, by Maria Zakharova, the Russian foreign ministry spokeswoman. Zakharova commented on the targeting of Saudi Arabia by using the Khashoggi case and said: “It is frightening that this tragedy is magnified with so much political machinations and fabrications that we see today”.
This is all apparent and anyone who is impartial can see it. According to a report by Asharq Al-Awsat newspaper, Oxford Internet Institute researcher Lisa-Maria Neudert noted that Khashoggi’s death contributed to revealing the means of increased manipulation in information and social media networks to promote political purposes.
As for Yemen, and the American initiative to end the fighting in Yemen and pave a political path, Saudi Arabia and Coalition members did not say they are against a political solution. On the contrary, a political solution has been supported and required since day one and the negotiations in Kuwait and Geneva on Yemen are an example.
In fact, Saudi Arabia and the Coalition have keenly paved way for a political solution and for stopping aerial shelling more than once but the Houthis always viewed this as a “truce” to arrange their ranks, nothing more.
This time, the Houthis will probably deal with the ceasefire as a tactical truce, nothing more, and despite that, Saudi Arabia and the Coalition will still support the political attempts. This is nothing new.
However, this is not the essence of the issue but it’s this question that we will ask to the likes of the British journalist: Can Britain reconcile with a neighboring country if it is governed by a gang that is loyal to Russia and that launches rockets at London and Liverpool?
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.