Fri Jan 15, 2016 7:33AM
Saudi Defense Minister Mohamad Bin Salman
Saudi Defense Minister Mohamad Bin Salman

Saudi Arabia is in the hands of young prince Mohammed bin Salman, who has ordered the bombing of Yemen’s people and infrastructure, a massacre that has lasted nearly an entire year.

With the sudden execution of senior Shia scholar Sheikh Nimr al-Nimr, tension in Riyadh-Tehran relations is escalating.

At the end of 2015, German intelligence agency BND published a remarkable one-and-a-half-page memo saying that Saudi Arabia had adopted “an impulsive policy of intervention.”

It portrayed Saudi Defense Minister and Deputy Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman – the powerful 29-year-old favorite son of the ageing King Salman, who is suffering from dementia – as a political gambler who is destabilizing the Arab world through proxy wars in Yemen and Syria.