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Thursday , April 22 2021

Washington needs to look itself in mirror

WHEN I read the report of the US National Intelligence Agency regarding the murder of Saudi citizen Jamal Khashoggi and the evidence that the agency resorted to, I recalled the adage “Those who live in glass houses should not throw stones”.

If this is the new US administration’s way of dealing with the world, especially its allies, then it is undoubtedly heading towards sparking speculative nonsensical crises. If Washington sees itself as the guardian of human rights in the world, then the aforementioned adage applies to it.

Before the US can set itself up as a universal guide in this regard, it must first learn how to set an example. It must deal with the disasters related to human rights that it causes around the world and the terrible crimes that its police commit  almost everyday in broad daylight and in front of the media and the people without doing anything against it. In other words, the US should put its house in order before asking others to do so.

The report, which was portrayed by the American media machine and the administration of President Joe Biden as dangerous and in condemnation of the Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, is nothing more than a set of speculations based on unsubstantiated statements.

By the way, it constituted a Saudi, Gulf, Arab and Islamic consensus on the status of Saudi Arabia, and the leadership of this young prince and his skill in managing the affairs of his country under the directives of King Salman bin Abdulaziz especially after the bold decisions that he took with social, economic and political openness in the past five years.

Therefore, what the Biden administration expected was “a painful blow to the kingdom and weakening of the Crown Prince”, but it was actually a great motivation to consolidate his role and to continue the constructive approach that he started since taking office.

Despite the whirlwind caused by the report, the United States cannot abandon its historic alliance with Saudi Arabia – its most important partner in the Middle East. Despite some negative statements by the US officials, there is a great commitment to the historic alliance, in addition to President Joe Biden’s assertion in confronting “threats from forces supported by Iran, faced by Saudi Arabia “ because they are threats that affect US strategic interests in the region. So today, after the report, there is a difficult equation that Washington has to solve.

It is either developing its alliance or yielding to the enthusiasm of some of its anti-Arab officials targetting particularly Saudi Arabia.

It is true that this development has occupied some circles and media outlets that seek to hunt any difference in viewpoints between the two allies, but it will not really change anything. For example, those who went so far as to speculate about the political future of Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman seem to be raving about what they do not know.

This is purely a sovereign matter of Saudi Arabia, and no one can cross its red lines … neither the United States nor the rest of the world. The young prince continues to fulfill his mission in which he expresses the truth about the aspirations of not just the youth, but rather the Saudi people as a whole.

There is no doubt that this rhetoric or hypocritical comedy launched by President Biden’s administration ended before it began, and Saudi Arabia continues on its path of renaissance. This path is not attached with the United States, as Saudi Arabia has strong relations with the world, which qualifies it to form alliances with many countries, especially at this stage when the huge projects are expanding.

It was better for the US administration to hesitate a little before releasing such nonsense because “those who live in glass houses should not throw stones”.

By Ahmed Al-Jarallah

Editor-in-Chief, the Arab Times

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