Title: Saudi Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman Rehabilitates Image Despite Khashoggi Murder
Date: [Insert Date]
Byline: [Author Name], McCreary County Record
In a shocking turn of events, it has been five years since the murder of prominent journalist Jamal Khashoggi inside the Saudi consulate in Istanbul, which sent shockwaves throughout the world. Despite damning evidence pointing to Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman’s involvement, he has managed to successfully rehabilitate his regime, attracting global attention and forging new alliances.
Since the incident, Prince Mohammed has strategically met with world leaders, positioning Saudi Arabia as an attractive tourism destination. He has also embarked on ambitious projects such as building the futuristic city of Neom, creating an illusion of progress and modernization.
Surprisingly, the Biden administration, despite President Biden’s pledge to treat Prince Mohammed as a “pariah” for his involvement in Khashoggi’s murder, is now pushing for a peace agreement between Saudi Arabia and Israel. This move raises questions about whether short-term economic and security interests are taking precedence over democratic principles and human rights.
It is disheartening to note that both the Trump and Biden administrations have seemingly prioritized their relationships with Saudi Arabia over holding the crown prince accountable for his actions. While Trump openly supported Prince Mohammad, the Biden administration released a report blaming him for Khashoggi’s murder but failed to directly punish him.
Another concerning development is the resumption of arms sales to Saudi Arabia by the Biden administration, making the kingdom the second-largest arms importer globally. This move has not only strengthened Prince Mohammed’s position but also raises concerns about potential human rights abuses conducted with these weapons.
In a surprising turn of events, Prince Mohammed seized the opportunity to pressure President Biden for lower gasoline prices after the conflict in Ukraine disrupted global oil markets. This not only showcased the crown prince’s international influence but also highlighted the lack of accountability for the murder of Jamal Khashoggi.
Despite promises of consequences, it appears that the Biden administration has quietly dropped any pretense of holding Prince Mohammed and his regime accountable. This has allowed the crown prince to emerge in a stronger position, with more international suitors seeking his favor and Saudi investments.
As time passes, it becomes increasingly evident that Prince Mohammed bin Salman has successfully rehabilitated his image. The international community must grapple with the uncomfortable reality that short-term economic and security interests have taken precedence over the principles of democracy and human rights.
While Saudi Arabia may continue to attract investments and forge new alliances, it is essential that the world does not forget the brutal murder of Jamal Khashoggi and the lack of justice that has followed. Only through international pressure and accountability can we hope to see a more just and humane future for Saudi Arabia and its leaders.
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