In response to being held responsible for the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi, the fossilized medieval Wahhabi Kingdom has threatened to destabilize the world’s petroleum-based economy.
Here’s the threat posted online by the Saudi Press Agency:
The kingdom affirms its total rejection of any threats and attempts to undermine it, whether by threatening to impose economic sanctions, using political pressures or repeating false accusations… The Kingdom also affirms that if it receives any action, it will respond with greater action.
Meanwhile, the boss of the fount of Saudi propaganda, Al Arabiya, was a bit more blunt.
Turki Aldakhil said Saudi Arabia will respond by igniting “economic disaster that would rock the entire world” if it is held responsible for murdering and dismembering the journalist.
“There are simple procedures, that are part of over 30 others, that Riyadh will implement directly, without flinching an eye if sanctions are imposed,” he said.
Aldakhil also said Saudi Arabia may price its oil “in a different currency, Chinese yuan, perhaps, instead of the dollar.”
Don’t rule out $400 oil if the U.S. sanctions Saudi Arabia https://t.co/Jsrhlf5jry
— MarketWatch (@MarketWatch) October 15, 2018
OPINION: US sanctions on #SaudiArabia means Washington is stabbing itself. Al Arabiya GM @TurkiAldakhil writes: 'An oil barrel may be priced in a different currency, Chinese yuan, perhaps, instead of the dollar.'https://t.co/uWFRbXdFCs
— Al Arabiya English (@AlArabiya_Eng) October 14, 2018
On Sunday Trump went on 60 Minutes and Lesley Stahl asked him what sanctions would be placed on Saudi Arabia. Trump said he doesn’t want to endanger the arms deal with Saudi Arabia.
“There will be severe punishment.” – President Trump on what will happen if Saudi Arabia is found to be behind the disappearance of missing journalist Jamal Khashoggi pic.twitter.com/aE4581jHqY
— 60 Minutes (@60Minutes) October 14, 2018
“I don’t want to hurt jobs,” he said. “I don’t want to lose an order like that. There are other ways of—punishing, to use a word that’s a pretty harsh word, but it’s true.”
Jobs. In an industry manufacturing murder tools sold to Wahhabis so they might continue killing babies in Yemen.
Earlier today, Trump mounted Twitter and stepped back from blaming the boy king MbS after talking with his elderly father, King Salman.
President Trump says that King Salman denied having any knowledge of what happened to Jamal Khashoggi, adding Secretary of State Mike Pompeo is leaving for Saudi Arabia “within an hour or so” https://t.co/FQGjADcimM pic.twitter.com/PTnkrn8HNc
— CNN Politics (@CNNPolitics) October 15, 2018
Instead, according to Trump, the murder may have been committed by “rogue killers,” whatever that means.
Trump didn’t speculate how these phantom off-the-reservation killers entered the Saudi embassy in Istanbul and accomplished a murder without raising suspicion or protest.
Of course, the medieval torture and murder of a lowly journalist will not be allowed to spoil the special relationship between the military complex and the Saudis or endanger the plan for a “Davos in the Desert,” never mind headlines to the contrary.
US and UK may boycott 'Davos in the Desert', a major investment conference in Riyadh over concerns that Saudi Arabia is responsible for #JamalKhashoggi's death. Follow the latest updates: https://t.co/j7TlmnRorN pic.twitter.com/uKnxADWYqJ
— Al Jazeera English (@AJEnglish) October 14, 2018