Downing Street has slapped down Boris Johnson for suggesting that Saudi Arabia is abusing Islam and conducting proxy wars in the Middle East
Not only hypocritical but very sinister when the United Kingdom government resorts to, "The action or practice of behaving obsequiously in order to gain favour", which is the dictionary definition of "Arse licking" and seeks to pass it off as the "etiquette of diplomatic behaviour".
In the case of Saudi Arabia of course there is a very special relationship, and no one is allowed to criticise, in any way, the despotic Arab State run by King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, and a few thousand of his extended family, a family incidentally installed as the House of Saud by the British after the fall of the Ottoman Empire in 1918 and supported from the 1930's onward in exchange for oil concessions for Britain its other allies.
|Part of the ruling family|
Everyone knows that Saudi Arabia is a serial abuser of human rights and routinely beheading or stoning to death criminals or those opposing the tyrannical dictatorship of the Al Saud regime. Everyone also knows that Saudi (Sunni Islam) has been waging a proxy war against Iran (Shia Islam) for many years, (which is what Boris Johnson actually said), in addition to its covert involvement in other regional conflicts. It is also waging a heinous campaign in Yemen, ostensibly in support of the Yemeni government in their civil war against rebel forces in the west of the country, and in the pursuit thereof has committed numerous war crimes against the civilian population in those areas loyal to the "rebel" forces.
The British government defends and supports Saudi Arabia in these conflicts and in the abuses of civil liberties within the Kingdom, supplying £billions of weapons, aircraft and other logistical support. Any criticism is met with the standard British government response that Saudi Arabia is a very strong ally of the United Kingdom, and supplies high level intelligence in the "War on Terror" which of course make any actions in any respect taken by the Saudi's as completely acceptable.
It seems that Boris Johnson has fallen victim to the hypocrisy and double standards of Downing Street by not observing the diplomatic niceties.