Saudi prince joins pantheon of incendiary Arab rulers' sons

FILE - In this May 17, 2001 file photo, then President Saddam Hussein's eldest son Uday, right, speaks with his younger brother Qusay, at a Baath part

FILE - In this May 17, 2001 file photo, then President Saddam Hussein's eldest son Uday, right, speaks with his younger brother Qusay, at a Baath part

FILE - In this undated file photo, Iraqi ruler Saddam Hussein poses with his two sons Oday, left, and Qusay. Uday was feared and reviled for his viole

FILE - In this undated file photo, Iraqi ruler Saddam Hussein poses with his two sons Oday, left, and Qusay. Uday was feared and reviled for his viole

FILE - In this Nov. 19, 2011, file photo, Moammar Gadhafi’s son, Seif al-Islam, is held in the custody of revolutionary fighters in Zintan, Libya. One

FILE - In this Nov. 19, 2011, file photo, Moammar Gadhafi’s son, Seif al-Islam, is held in the custody of revolutionary fighters in Zintan, Libya. One

FILE - In this March 10, 2011 file photo, Seif al-Islam, son of then Libyan Leader Moammar Gadhafi, gestures as he speaks to supporters and journalist

FILE - In this March 10, 2011 file photo, Seif al-Islam, son of then Libyan Leader Moammar Gadhafi, gestures as he speaks to supporters and journalist

FILE - In this Aug. 13, 2018 file photo, a poster of Syrian President Bashar Assad, half-covered by a national flag, hangs at the border crossing poin

FILE - In this Aug. 13, 2018 file photo, a poster of Syrian President Bashar Assad, half-covered by a national flag, hangs at the border crossing poin

FILE - In this March 25, 2011 file photo, a man holds a picture of Syrian President Bashar Assad outside a mini van with a poster on the back showing

FILE - In this March 25, 2011 file photo, a man holds a picture of Syrian President Bashar Assad outside a mini van with a poster on the back showing

FILE - In this Sept. 14, 2013 file photo, former Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak, seated, and his two sons Gamal Mubarak, left, and Alaa Mubarak, rig

FILE - In this Sept. 14, 2013 file photo, former Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak, seated, and his two sons Gamal Mubarak, left, and Alaa Mubarak, rig

FILE - This combination of Jan. 6, 2011 file images shows sons of then Egyptian President, Gamal Mubarak, left, and Alaa Mubarak, attending a Christma

FILE - This combination of Jan. 6, 2011 file images shows sons of then Egyptian President, Gamal Mubarak, left, and Alaa Mubarak, attending a Christma

FILE - In this March 22, 2018, file photo, Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman meets with U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis at the Pentagon in Wash

FILE - In this March 22, 2018, file photo, Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman meets with U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis at the Pentagon in Wash

LONDON (AP) — The killing of Saudi writer Jamal Khashoggi in Istanbul by agents believed to be close the kingdom's Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman has cast him into the ruthless pantheon of sons of the Arab world's most infamous tyrants.

These heirs apparent rose to positions of unbridled power because of their bloodline, and those who fell, sometimes in a grisly manner, did so because of what they had done in the family name.

Notoriety in their own right in each case was cultivated, but when the time came to settle accounts, like Icarus in Greek mythology they had flown too close to the sun.

Prince Mohammed seems less likely to meet such an end as long as his father remains on the throne and the Al Saud succession is not derailed.