The clues are condensing that the dissident journalist
Jamal Kashukchi on October 2nd in the Saudi Embassy in
Lured to Istanbul and murdered there.
If so, it is hard to imagine that Saudi Arabia
Ruler Mohammed bin Salman knew nothing about it. If it is one
Was contract murder, then leads the track probably in the royal house. But Mohammed bin Salman will not have too much to worry about. At least not from the West and certainly not from Europe.
Although US President Donald Trump has spoken out vociferously, he certainly will not want to shake his close friendship with the royal family. And the EU? France's government has long remained silent and then demanded in a statement from the Saudi authorities "Enlightenment and Transparency". An empty diplomatic formula, nothing more. From Brussels, similar things are heard.
Even from the federal government is nothing. Foreign Minister Heiko Maas has contacted the Saudi ambassador, according to the Foreign Ministry, and has expressed his "concern" about the case, but that's about it. One would like to imagine with which sentences Maas has initiated such a sensitive conversation. He will surely remember something. Finally, Maas has recently publicly told the Saudis that he regrets "sincerely (…) misunderstandings" in communication.
His predecessor and SPD party friend Sigmar Gabriel had 2017 denounced "political adventurism" in the Middle East. He had not explicitly mentioned Saudi Arabia, but it was clear who was meant. The Saudis then withdrew their ambassador from Berlin and demanded an apology. Mass's regret was rightly understood as such.
Canada was left alone No, Mohammed bin Salman does not have to worry now. Saudi Arabia is a close ally of the West in the region. It supplies oil, buys tons of armaments and serves as a counterweight to the Islamic Republic of Iran, which denies Israel the right to exist and systematically extends its influence in the Middle East.
Protest against the probable murder of journalist Jamal Hashuchi before the Saudi embassy in Istanbul
© Osman Orsal / Reuters
When you play so many roles for the West, you get along with a lot without any consequences. How weak, disunited and opportunistic the West is, that's what Mohammed bin Salman was told just a few weeks ago.
As the Canadian Foreign Minister Chrystia Freeland was alerted by Twitter about itthat the human rights activist Samar Badawi had been thrown in jail, Saudi Arabia withdrew his ambassador. Then it stopped all flights of its state-owned airline and put training and study programs on hold, and more than 7,000 Saudi students should return home. It was a very harsh reaction. Canada nevertheless remained in his position – and very, very alone. From the Western capitals came nothing but silence.
Not only Saudi Arabia, but also other authoritarian states will have registered this with great attention. The case of Jamal Hashuchi is therefore more than a scandal, it is the harbinger of coming disaster.