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Global Geo-political Series: Is Saudi Arabia’s new crown Prince a warmonger?

Are the new Crown Prince and the new king of Saudi Arabia warmongers; if so, then there is a serious danger in selling arms to the new royal government, which is currently being armed by the United States.

After assuming the throne last year, Saudi King Salman promoted his son Mohammad bin-Salman, popularly known as MbS in the west to the post of Crown Prince replacing his cousin Mohammad bin-Nayef. Since assuming the post, the new crown prince triggered a bitter power grab within the kingdom and triggered conflicts with many Arab neighbors.

Under his supervision, in March this year, Saudi Arabia led coalition entered into war with Houthi rebels, which along with former President Ali Abdullah Saleh toppled the government of Abdrabbuh Mansur Hadi. However, it will not be right to blame MbS to take action against Iran backed Houthi Rebels. But one can blame the Saudis for the Qatar blockade.

In June 2017, Saudi Arabia led coalition (UAE, Bahrain, Egypt, and Mauritania) triggered a diplomatic crisis with Qatar. The Saudi-led coalition cited Qatar's alleged support for terrorism as the main reason for their actions, insisting Qatar has violated a 2014 agreement with members of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC). Saudi Arabia and other countries have criticized Al Jazeera and Qatar's relations with Iran. The crisis is still brewing.

Under his command, Saudi Arabia has issued several warnings to Iran, its biggest regional foe and issued war warnings. Earlier this month, Saudi Arabia blamed Iran for a missile launched by Houthi rebels from Yemen that was intercepted before causing any damage.  

Last weekend, Saudi Arabia’s the crown prince further tightened his grip on power as the newly formed anti-corruption committee arrests scores of princes, several senior officials, and incumbent ministers. The king had decreed the creation of a powerful new anti-corruption committee, headed by the crown prince, only hours before the committee ordered the arrests. Since last weekend, around 200 people have been arrested. The committee also froze bank accounts and seized assets, which could be worth as much as $800 billion.

Yesterday, Saudi Arabia urged its citizens to leave Lebanon and warned against traveling there amid heated war rhetoric with its neighbor. Saudi Arabia’s allies like Bahrain, Kuwait have also followed suit.

Under the new leadership, Saudi Arabia has entered so many conflicts that there is a strong possibility now that a serious war could break out in the Middle East

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