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Apr 12, 2018

Why did the US give the Saudi Crown Prince a rock star tour?

Mohammed bin Salman seems to be engaging in a sectarian soft war, and the media are following along like puppy dogs.

Ruby Hamad

Freelance writer

In the midst of the heady 2016 US presidential campaign, candidate Trump sat down to a video interview with CNN’s Anderson Cooper, who asked the future president about the state of the West’s relationship with “Islam”.

“I think Islam hates us,” the former reality TV star replied gravely. It was a statement that could have been ripped straight out of the pages of Samuel Huntington’s Clash of Civilisations -- a still wildly if inexplicably popular book from the mid-‘90s in which the late Harvard professor predicted that the decline of communism would see global conflicts triggered by cultural, rather than ideological, difference.

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5 thoughts on “Why did the US give the Saudi Crown Prince a rock star tour?

  1. Arky

    Ah, now it makes sense.

    The Saudis are spending big money on bringing a huge WWE show to Saudi Arabia in a couple of weeks, from the look of things even bigger than their flagship Wrestlemania. The thing about the McMahon family who own WWE is they are deep in with Trump. Linda McMahon is in the administration, and Trump has made a number of appearances over the years (including one memorably where the stock price plunged because he said he was going to take over as chairman, they had to issue a press release saying this was just a storyline and Trump had no actual role in the company).

    Officially, this is about promoting US-Saudi cultural understanding, but it feels awfully like the Saudis giving a lot of money to a Trump cohort at the same time as they are all engaged in this cozy friendship-and-alliance-against-Iran tour…

  2. AR

    Thanks for that exposition, succinct and relevant.
    MBS must really spend big on spin doctors given the easy ride in the Benighted States.

  3. old greybearded one

    These Saudi scum are our natural enemies and are major funders of terrorism, but of course Trump has business there.

  4. Bobby

    Islam isn’t a threat to the West. It’s a threat to Liberal values and human freedom.
    Get back to us when Islamic countries allow gay people to get married and a free media to exist.

    1. Ruby Hamad

      And this has what to do with this article? It seems an awful shame to splurge on a subscription and then not even bother to read before commenting…

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