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Mysterious Case of Mr Khashoggi

Mysterious Case of Mr Khashoggi

I have been following from London, with increasing amazement, the developments of this story, and have realised that, so far, nobody has grasped the real significance of this murder most foul.

This is no botched up / incompetent / amateurish assassination, that political commentators would have us believe, but a loud and clear message intended first for President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, then for President Donald Trump, that the Saudi Crown Prince, otherwise known as MbS, is the undisputed Overlord of the Middle East, and you challenge that at your peril.

Otherwise why bother staging this most conspicuous assassination- with 15 men arriving on two separate private jets, only hours before the deed, and rush back to the airport almost within minutes, once the deed was done. Indeed, if the Saudis had staged this in Taksim Square, in front of cameras, and sold tickets for the event, they would not have succeeded in getting as much international publicity, for three weeks, and still counting.

Otherwise, if one wanted to dispose of an offending dissident, why not use more traditional methods- accident, suicide, or simply a hit man shooting the victim, say, among crowds. As news items go, any of the foregoing would have made it, just about, to back pages of a newspaper; at that for a few days, and be forgotten forever.

In the event, this has taken the proportions of the last episode of the 1980s hit TV series “Dallas”, when the entire world asked each other: “Who killed JR?”; as we now wonder: “Was he shot / poisoned / cut into pieces?” And: “Where is the body?” This last touch, being worthy of a Hammer House horror movie.

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The moral of the story: In international affairs fear might not make people to love you, but they most certainly make them respect you.

About The Author

Fuad Kavur

Fuad Kavur' (born 1952 in Istanbul, Turkey) is a British opera and film director and producer. Kavur came to London in 1963 when his uncle, Kemal N. Kavur, was the Turkish ambassador to the Court of St. James. He comes from a family of diplomats: one paternal uncle, Kemal N. Kavur, served as ambassador to Finland, Bulgaria, the Soviet Union, Japan, the United Kingdom, and Switzerland; another, Sadi Kavur, was ambassador to Yugoslavia, Sweden and Portugal.[1] In 1984 Fuad produced the feature film Memed, My Hawk (also known as The Lion and the Hawk), based on the novel Memed, My Hawk by the Turkish writer Yashar Kemal. It was directed by Peter Ustinov and starred Ustinov, Herbert Lom, Simon Dutton, Siobhán McKenna, Michael Elphick and Denis Quilley. Memed My Hawk had a royal premiere in London in the aid of UNICEF.[2] However, both the filming and screening of Memed My Hawk was (and still is) banned in Turkey by the government as "communist propaganda".[3] Fuad was a company director of Peter Ustinov Productions from 1982 to 1992.[4] In 2001, he was the executive producer of Atatürk, a television documentary on Kemal Atatürk, narrated by Donald Sinden. Since 2014 Kavur has been preparing a feature film, Atatürk.[5] In July 2013, Kavur assembled a group of artists & writers, 30 in all, to sign an open letter addressed to the Turkish Prime Minister, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, criticising his handling of the Gezi Park Protests in June, which left 8 people dead, 11 blinded and 8,000 injured. The signatories included Susan Sarandon, Sean Penn, David Lynch, Sir Ben Kingsley, James Fox, Sir Tom Stoppard, Christopher Hampton, Lord Fellowes, Frederic Raphael, Edna O'Brien, Rachel Johnson, Christopher Shinn, Branko Lustig, Vilmos Zsigmond and Atatürk's biographer Andrew Mango. The letter was published as a full page advertisement in the London broadsheet, The Times, on 24 July 2013 and led to the Prime Minister Erdogan threatening to sue The Times and the signatories.[3]

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