The Growing Tyranny of Mohammed bin Salman

Source: Eunomia
by Daniel Larison

“Mohammed bin Salman is in many ways a typical Saudi royal, but from everything I have read about him over the years he seems to be unusually prone to using threats and violence to get his way. Pelham refers to accounts of the crown prince’s ‘terrible tempers’ and his wild mood swings, and he adds, ‘Two former palace insiders say that, during an argument with his mother, he once sprayed her ceiling with bullets.’ Because of the crown prince’s violent temper and his intolerance for dissent, he has created such an atmosphere of fear that no one will advise him away from reckless and destructive decisions. As is often the case in authoritarian systems, there is no one that can tell him he is wrong and survive.” (07/29/22)