Post Mortem

The Khashoggi mystery

By Nagaland Post | Publish Date: 10/25/2018 12:39:15 PM IST

 (From previous issue)

The murder of Khashoggi has put many Western nations on the back foot such as the United States, Britain and others. Saudi Arabia is the world’s top oil exports and buys arms worth billions in its efforts to contain the influence of Iran. Nonetheless, the international banking and business CEOs including IMF Director, JP Morgan and Ford chairman have pulled out of a high-profile conference in Saudi Arabia scheduled for Oct 23-25. 2018. What we see in the Jamal Khashoggi that everyone tried to duck the questions posed. US Secretary Mike Pompeo, responding to a question: who killed Khashoggi said “I don’t want to talk about any of the facts.” US Secretary of State the most powerful profile having information of all the countries acknowledged not to talk about the facts which he was aware of. It clearly pre-supposes the complex nature as to determine between ‘life and death’. And here who determines it. 

Further, Trump’s usage of “Rogue killers” by all means needs to be de-coded. What did he means by “rogue killers” and who did he mean—those in the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul or those who master planned and executed sitting in Saudi Arabia. When the state becomes Rogue State then what one can expect except rogue killers. Murder of Khashoggi is indeed a high-profile case and therefore many think that it’s a hard to crack. But, it’s cracking and ought to crack. Though well-planned and executed, blatant lies, fake news and money and muscle power shall never last for long, before truth. Trump in this case tried to hold on to this temperament and carefully walked over the tight rope by not jeopardizing billions of arms deals, energy supply and Saudi cooperation in America’s Middle East strategy against Iran and with Israel. He would not dare to impose sanctions and cancelling tens of billions of dollars in weapons deals which would eventually hurt American works—his national interest.

Trump wants to maintain the carefully constructed alliance of the United States with Israel and Saudi Arabia, primarily to isolate Iran, so that the regional hegemony shall be kept intact. The West, particularly the United States, vociferously talks and boasts about freedom of speech, writing, dissent, democracy and rights of humans and wages war against those that curbs dissent, freedom, democracy and rights of humans. This is the clear case and acid test for the West to show to the world that what it preaches should be practiced. Dismembered parts of the body  of Jamal Khashoggi—a dissident journalist and a resident of the United States who was brutally murdered inside the Consulate in Istanbul, Turkey, that enjoys immunity has no value for human life and no worth for life before billions of dollars and other hegemonic interests. It is money, money and money, and those who have money power and political power in the case of Khashoggi brutal murder have proven and sent a clear message to the world that those who dissent will have to pay the price—it can be anywhere and in whatever may be the format. There is only one option: Should we move on or question the atrocious and audacious murder of Khashoggi. Today it’s Jamal Khashoggi, tomorrow it could be you or me.

(Concluded) 

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