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When rogue regimes are in the mind and wallet of the beholder

By Phil Gurski      

There is also no question that when it comes to international terrorism over the past two decades—and beyond—it is Saudi Arabia that is the problem, not Iran.

Saudi dissident Jamal Khashoggi, a former Wall Street Journal columnist, was killed at the Saudi consulate in Istanbul, Turkey on Oct. 2, sparking international outrage. Photograph courtesy of Wikipedia

OTTAWA—Now that we are four weeks and counting away from the ‘incident’ involving Saudi dissident Jamal Khashoggi at the Kingdom’s consulate in Istanbul, I have lost track of how many versions of the story we have received from our Saudi “friends.” First, Khashoggi left the consulate (amazingly sneaking past his fiancée waiting for him outside). Then, no one knew where he was. Then, the Saudis admitted he died in their diplomatic representation. Then, he died after ‘fisticuffs.” Now, a “rogue” element was responsible for his demise without the knowledge of the regime or its current poster boy, Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman (known to all as MbS).

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