“Biggest Mass Execution in Modern History” – Is Saudi Abandoning Plans for Western Integration?

As we’ve noted for years, ever since he was installed as leader, Prince Salman of Saudi Arabia has been scaling back his country’s brutality, and beginning the process of Westernization.

For example, he let women drive, walk around alone, and removed restrictions on women’s dress code. He also started having Western-style concerts and other degenerate party events. At the same time, he’s been building ties with Israel more publicly than any Gulf state has done since the 40s, when the Jewish occupation of Palestine was established.

He hit a pretty major setback when he got caught sending a hit squad to kidnap a journalist, Jamal Khashoggi, and chop him up in the backroom of the Saudi embassy in Turkey. That turned him into something of a villain, and the media attached him to Trump.

(Frankly, it was a pretty villainous action – they easily could have done a drive-by shooting, which is what Israel does to Palestinians abroad. It was also just really dumb. I mean, if a masked man drives by on a motorcycle and shoots someone in front of their house, or some other place on their daily routine, there’s basically no way you can ever get caught. If someone is on camera entering an embassy and never coming out, there is really no way you can not get caught.)

Anyway, Saudi Arabia opening to the West and to Israel is a kind of “historical necessity” in Washington, so after Biden was elected, Jen Psaki was asked if they were going to do anything about the Khashoggi chop-chop, and she said that interfering in other country’s internal affairs is not US policy (LOL).

However, then we see the debacle in Afghanistan, and then hear that the Prince refused to take Joe Biden’s call asking for more oil.

It’s impossible that the Saudis are not talking to the Chinese. And they must be watching what the US is doing to itself and the world in horror.

So it’s possible that they’re just going ahead and giving up on this whole project.


Saudi Arabia on Saturday executed 81 people convicted of crimes ranging from killings to belonging to militant groups, the largest known mass execution carried out in the kingdom in its modern history.

The number of executed surpassed even the toll of a January 1980 mass execution for the 63 militants convicted of seizing the Grand Mosque in Mecca in 1979, the worst-ever militant attack to target the kingdom and Islam’s holiest site.

It wasn’t clear why the kingdom choose Saturday for the executions, though they came as much of the world’s attention remained focused on Russia’s war on Ukraine — and as the U.S. hopes to lower record-high gasoline prices as energy prices spike worldwide. British Prime Minister Boris Johnson reportedly plans a trip to Saudi Arabia next week over oil prices as well.

The number of death penalty cases being carried out in Saudi Arabia had dropped during the coronavirus pandemic, though the kingdom continued to behead convicts under King Salman and his assertive son, Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman.

“Largest mass execution in modern history” is not a headline you’d want if you were intent on Western integration, methinks.

I don’t think anyone expects them to abolish the death penalty any time soon, so these people could have been executed individually and there would be no headline.

Obviously, mass executions are typically designed for the consumption of the domestic population, but you have to wonder if there isn’t a message being sent to the West with this.

The Moslems are reporting that the majority of those executed were Shiites, which might be a commentary on Biden’s attempt to restart the Iran deal.

But it could also just be sending a message that the terms of the deal are changing.

Biden is begging Salman for oil – after the US pushed for these disruptive social changes, and then demonized him consistently for assassinating a dissident.

The cost-benefit analysis of aligning with the US is rapidly transforming.

Certainly, China makes economic deals without stipulation about a country’s internal politics or domestic policy. It’s only the lunatics running the West that demand countries they partner with adopt their moral and cultural norms.