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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]

1 Comment

  1. Harry Foundalis

    I read your short post rather indifferently, Mr. Kavur, as I was agreeing more-or-less with it, until I reached your closing sentence, which gave me a punch in the stomach: “The moral of the story: In international affairs fear might not make people to love you, but they most certainly make them respect you.”

    I’ll avoid complaining about the minor grammatical error there (plural “they” referring to singular “fear”), and concentrate on the essence. Allow me to rephrase what you wrote: are you saying that the fear inspired by a powerful murderer causes people to feel respect for the murderer (in “international affairs”)?

    I can’t believe I must argue against this. This must be some Middle-Eastern barbarian relic left deep in your subconscious, which surfaced suddenly and reared its ugly head in spite of the decades that you spent living in the Western world. In which Western society, Mr. Kavur, do people respectfully bow their heads due to fear caused by a powerful person? Especially when that person is a murderer? The attitude you describe as “moral of the story” is morally reprehensible, absolutely disgusting, and completely Middle-Eastern. Why I insist on this “Middle-Eastern” factor, you might wonder. I’ll give you an example of a prototypical such case, coming straight from the cesspool of Middle East:

    In one Islamic narration (“hadith”) that is considered not trustworthy (which, however, is irrelevant for our purposes here, as you will see), narrated in ibn Ishaq:676, the so-called “prophet” of Islam was bothered by the criticism directed against him by Asma bint Marwan, a woman “poet” (i.e., the “journalist” of those times). Asma was writing critically against Muhammad because he had already killed an old member of her tribe, whose fault was that he had ridiculed Muhammad. She was trying to bring men who were lured into Muhammad’s gang back to their senses, with words like these: “You obey a stranger who encourages you to murder for booty. You are greedy men. Is there no honor among you?”

    The number one warlord (“prophet”) of Arabia was of course irritated. Upon hearing the above, he uttered to his men: “Will no one rid me of this woman?”

    One of his men, Umayr, a “zealous Muslim” as the narration refers to him (a “cold-blooded gangster”, as he appears to us today) decided to satisfy Muhammad’s wish. That very night he crept into the woman’s home while she was laying asleep, surrounded by her five young children. There was a baby on her breast. Umayr removed the suckling baby and then plunged his sword into the woman’s body.

    The next morning in the mosque, Muhammad, who was aware of the assassination, said to Umayr: “You have helped Allah and His Apostle.”

    But here comes the twist of the story that concerns us, as it is directly related to your “moral of the story”:

    On the next day, Umayr went to the relatives of the murdered woman and boasted to them: “I killed her, try and revenge, if you can!” The people of Asma’s tribe, instead of becoming indignant against the murderer, CONVERTED TO ISLAM!! Apparently, “might makes right” and “the powerful gangster deserves respect” were among the rules those morally challenged barbarians could understand.

    But that’s the typical Mideastern morality, Mr. Kavur. Even if the story is false, nonetheless it is one of the stories that Mideastern people kept narrating and circulating from mouth to ear, until it made it into ibn Ishaq’s book, so it is characteristic of THEIR understanding of morality. But what makes you think that this ptomaine-oozing barbarism of Islamic conception is the norm in the rest of OUR civilized world? In our world, we don’t respect the murderers. We put them on trial, and if found guilty, we let them rot in jail, often for the rest of their lives. Please don’t pollute our moral space with parochial moral principles that originate in the Middle East, presenting them as supposedly universal.

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