(ANTIMEDIA Op-ed) —TIME Magazine has rewarded a swath of war criminals this year who have brought nothing but death and destruction to the planet. Its annual “Person of the Year” award recognizes “the person or group of people who most influenced the news during the past year, for better or for worse” and includes a batch of highly questionable global figures.
This year saw the “for worse” aspect of the award shoot through the roof, with the ten finalists including CIA stooge Jeff Bezos, North Korean dictator Kim Jong-un, Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, President Donald Trump, and Chinese President Xi Jinping.
If Trump had won the award, something he gloated about already rejecting, you can be rest assured it would have been because of his gaffes on Twitter, the so-called Russia-gate scandal, or his war of words with Kim Jong-un. But it’s doubtful any mention would be made of the fact that Trump has already killed thousands of civilians in Iraq, Syria, Yemen, and elsewhere, dropping over 20,650 bombs in his first six months in office and establishing a cruel and cowardly legacy early on in his administration.
While TIME acknowledges that these people may have influenced news cycles for better or for worse, it still doesn’t detract from the fact that the magazine refers to the winner as the “Person of the Year.” In this particular instance, the reader poll elected Saudi Arabian Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman to receive the prestige and glory, specifically in reference to him making “headlines recently when he led the arrest of dozens of businessmen and members of the royal family over corruption – a crackdown that critics and experts have described as an effort to consolidate power.”
Never mind that Salman has been responsible for Saudi Arabia’s illegal war of aggression in neighboring Yemen, the poorest country in the Arab world. Never mind that where Salman’s bombs have failed to decimate Yemen’s civilian population, its factories, homes, hospitals, food trucks,and agricultural land, Saudi Arabia has exacted a complete stranglehold over Yemen, starving the country to the point of collapse.
Salman was also assumed to be the mastermind behind the so-called “Qatar crisis,” a completely manufactured crisis that saw Saudi Arabia use its economic leverage to bully Qatar into kowtowing to its demands.
And then there’s his anti-corruption “crackdown,” which saw him confiscate billions of dollars worth of assets to prop up Salman’s failing economy. Or how about the members of the Saudi royal family who were rumored to have been killed in the process?
Salman is not an anti-corruption reformist. He is a murderous coward who has been rewarded and protected by the mainstream media despite his criminal behavior.