Sunday, October 04, 2020
It’s almost two years since November 2, 2018, a memorable day when the world learned of a shockingly brutal murder and dismemberment of Saudi Journalist, Jamal Khashoggi. He lived in the United States and was a contributing writer for the Washington Post. His murder occurred in Istanbul almost immediately after he entered the Saudi Consulate to obtain needed documents for his approaching marriage. The order for Khashoggi’s ambush and destruction came from Mohammed bin Salman, Saudi Arabia’s crown prince and de facto ruler.
In complicated Saudi Arabia, the crown prince, known as MBS, oversees a massively wealthy oil empire with a socially restricted population. Saudi Arabia does business with many countries that through the years have societies shifting toward becoming more open, progressive, and such changes pressure Saudi Arabia to loosen social restrictions. MBS has responded by loosening a few, and now it’s not illegal for women to drive cars or for people to attend cinemas.
Meanwhile MBS has no stomach for dissent. The journalist, Khashoggi, pushed the Saudi government and MBS by offering suggestions. For example, MBS could learn how to open the society gradually by studying nations already progressive; he could learn to manage successfully an open society by studying capable leaders in already socially progressive nations.
Early on, we heard a likelihood that Khashoggi’s death was directly ordered by MBS. Gradually, we saw evidence supporting that perspective. We’re aware that America helped MBS avoid having to reveal his role in the episode, his orders for Khashoggi’s murder. Now, we’re learning that months ago Trump openly bragged to Bob Woodward about having “saved his ass”, referring to MBS, the order, and the murder.
The many political and social elements involved in this story require a written dedicated history to cover them. The result would be a giant book that deals with the evolutions of wealth, society, and leadership. Nonetheless, all these continually are changing, often very dramatically, and we’re watching real-time via modern communication technology.
I’m attentive again to Khashoggi’s murder upon reading today’s Washington Post and a series dealing with the murder, it’s causes and impacts. The Post admirably refuses to allow the episode of its journalist’s murder and wanton destruction to slide into a silent past. Today’s articles on this topic are compelling perspectives with intent and clarity.
The series link: https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/2020/10/01/jamal-khashoggi-path-justice/?arc404=true&utm_campaign=wp_week_in_ideas&utm_medium=email&utm_source=newsletter&wpisrc=nl_ideas&carta-url=https%3A%2F%2Fs2.washingtonpost.com%2Fcar-ln-tr%2F2bea2e5%2F5f79ab7f9d2fda0efb3e8ded%2F5a15839aade4e232ba39053b%2F18%2F73%2Fe238b6ff9ca9e1bab716c7a31c09e3c3
Dear Friends: Worldwide changes are necessary, and voting is our active involvement. Diana