In his article in the British Times, author and historian Michael Burley believes that the hopes of Saudi Crown Prince Muhammad bin Salman to be a reformer to cure the diseases of the region will be in vain.
The English writer referred to media propaganda by public relations and Western pressure groups that wasted millions of dollars here and there to applaud Ibn Salman's global tour last March as the next strong man despite his young age. But six months later, the facts of his ascendancy seemed even more ambiguous. His father, King Salman bin Abdul Aziz, looked suspicious.
He pointed out that the gap between the Crown Prince's propaganda and the reality has become clear, and this appeared in the project of the city of Newm developed, which was seeking to establish on the Gulf of Aqaba, and that this project, which cost $ 80 billion dollars and efforts to reshape the Saudi economy according to the "vision 2030" 5% of Aramco, and the value of all these projects will reach $ 2 trillion, and will be filled by foreign investment sectors of entertainment, technology and tourism.
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Ibn Salman's attempt to isolate Qatar for its alleged support of terrorism failed, and led to the destruction of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) in favor of an elusive duo (Saudi Arabia and the UAE)
The king added that the king seems to have canceled the float because if the company floats in New York it could result in the confiscation of Saudi assets due to an American lawsuit against the kingdom over allegations of non-disclosure of information about the September 11 attacks.
The war in Yemen, which entered its third year, is a quagmire of its own, and the fighting costs between $ 5 billion and $ 6 billion a month in wages by condoning US-British arms sales and diplomatic support, he said.
The author believes that Ibn Salman's attempt to isolate Qatar for its alleged support of terrorism has also failed, and has led to the destruction of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) in favor of an elusive duo (Saudi Arabia and the UAE). There is now a desperate talk about digging a 68-mile canal at a cost of $ 750 million to isolate Qatar from the Arabian Peninsula. "There is not much of the Saudi Crown Prince's claim as a novelty.
The newspaper concluded that Ibn Salman is neither a reformer nor a strong man, because with a pen stroke his father can change his heir and strip him of his power, and this may happen soon, given the growing discontent of angry princes. Perhaps this is why this prince was sleeping in a yacht off the city of Jeddah throughout the summer under heavy guard.