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“Crime & Punishment” In Buenos Aires

“Crime & Punishment” In Buenos Aires

It seems, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and Crown Prince of Saudi Arabia, Muhammed bin Salman popularly known as MbS), will soon meet during the G20 summit in Buenos Aires.  The question in everybody’s mind is “why”? To answer this, we should simply consider the make up of the protagonist.

There we have MbS- a young and ambitious ruler of Saudi Arabia, who, above all, loves theatricality, such as rounding up the Good & Great of his country into the Ritz Carlton and bully them into coughing up their billions tucked away in Swiss bank accounts.

Would MbS not have obtained the same results- even quicker, had he accommodated those gentlemen in an ordinary prison?  Yes, but that hardly would have triggered the enormous international publicity, achieved by closing down a lavish five star establishment and turning it into a prison.

As such, MbS reminds one of Ludwig II, the homosexual  “Mad King of Bavaria”, who built “Disney Land” castles and, in them, entertained Richard Wagner, commissioning him romantic operas. Like Ludwig II, MbS too has his artistic side: he is capable of blowing a neat $450,000,000 on a canvas depicting a Christian priest, Salvator Mundi, by Leonardo da Vinci — the most expensive painting sold to date.

Consequently, it is hardly surprising that MbS should have chosen to dispose of Mr Jamal Khashoggi with theatricality of a Hammer House horror movie which, by now, the whole world got to know in its minutest sordid details. Would it not have been far simpler to hire a hitman to do the deed at in a crowded location? However, the news of that would probably have appeared, once, as a small item, in the back pages of a newspaper and be forgotten forever. After all, this was hardly John Lennon slain by the Dakota building, in New York. With respect, who had really heard of Jamal Khashoggi until couple of months ago?

Also read:  Turkish Officials Say Journalist Was Killed on Order of Saudi Leadership

As for President Erdogan, in this affair he has assumed the role of the homicide detective — meticulously piecing together the clues: the method of murder, dismembering the body, audio recordings of the deed, tapped phone calls, CCTV footage, all to lead him to the real culprit — the person who gave the order.

Finally, MbS requests a meeting with Mr Erdogan, in Buenos Aires:  this reminds one, of Dostoyevsky’s “Crime and Punishment”, in which the murderer, Roskolnikov, socialises with the police inspector — now played by Mr Erdogan. This is an arrogant psychological game, and it is called “catch me if you can”.

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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