The faux outrage over Mr. Jamal Khashoggi’s disappearance in the Saudi Arabian consulate in Turkey would be humorous if it weren’t so tragic.
Mr. Khashoggi is a dissident journalist of sorts from Saudi Arabia. He is a connected individual who dares to ask for reforms in the Saudi government.
That’s always a mistake.
The Saudi government a few years ago issued a sentence of 1000 lashes plus ten years in prison to a young Saudi, Raif Badawi, for daring to suggest Internet liberalization for Saudis.
He was also fined. Now, there’s the real deterrent.
He received 50 lashes which debilitated him. Thus far the remainder of the sentence has been compassionately postponed.
The US government who backs the Saudi government lock, stock and barrel doubtlessly intervened.
Public perception is important in the United States.
Which is why they are issuing fake concern over Mr. Khashoggi’s disappearance.
Our government understands that nobody in the mainstream media gives a damn about regular citizens in Yemen who are being slaughtered en masse by a US-backed Saudi regime. But they do care about one of their own – Mr. Khashoggi is a Washington Post contributor – who is killed in a Saudi consulate.
Why that could have been one of them.
Plus, Mr. Khashoggi is a member of the club. Members get cared about; regular people in Yemen are insignificant.
The US government in response to the story of Mr. Khashoggi’s disappearance – he was probably sliced and diced – deplores the situation and issues statements of concern.
That’s a joke because the US government is solidly in favor of what the Saudi government does. That’s why the Saudi Kingdom is there – to keep the people in line.
I wouldn’t be surprised if our CIA help plan Mr. Khashoggi’s death.
The United States government has no desire whatsoever for the Saudi people to be free.
Free people call for responsible governments, and a responsible government in Saudi Arabia just might decide that the United States is not entitled to receive oil on demand.
The people of Saudi Arabia are oppressed today just as were the people of Iran under the US backed Shah.
We in the US love dictators; and we certainly don’t need people like Mr. Khashoggi throwing a wet blanket on our party.
You’ll hear a lot of talk and blather about US-Saudi relations being strained. But it’s all bullshit. Nothing will happen to our relationship.
It will be business as usual.