I will carefully spell his name here. Mohammed bin Salman. (from Wikipedia.)
He is the current crown prince of Saudi Arabia.
He is implicated in the killing of Jamal Ahmad Khashoggi in the Saudi embassy in Turkey.
Now I invoke Lenin’s Law: to understand a historical event, find out who profited from it.
MBS has consolidated power with many scary moves, including imprisoning a large number of key Saudi persons in a ‘gold star’ hotel. Many were allowed to exit after paying large fines.
MBS is modernizing his country. Women can drive. Big university budgets. Diversity from oil revenue.
MBS has made a Lot of enemies with the above, and other, decisions..
If you were to benefit from MBS being deposed, who are you? Those who do not want the country to move forward – in women’s rights, in science, in non-oil economic prospects?
So, what would you do? Send a team of 15, mostly by private jet,.to assassinate a journalist in Turkey?
Lenin’s law: who benefited?
Is MBS dumb enough to arrange the murder, and body disposal, of a minor journalist?
Was it a plot to reduce his power and credibility?
That’s today’s dumb question.