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Saudi Arabia Killed Khashoggi

Updated on October 15, 2018
Jamal Khashoggi
Jamal Khashoggi

A day before Jamal Khashoggi was to be married to a Turkish woman, he was lured to the Saudi Arabia embassy in Turkey for some routine paperwork on Oct. 2. He never came out. Turkish officials claim they have audio and video of the murder within the embassy, yet, they never have produced it. Saudi officials immediately claimed that he was not killed and even had left the embassy, yet, there was no video of him leaving (there was video of him entering).

Until recently, the mysterious disappearance had all the makings of a thriller movie because claims were made that his body was chopped up and removed by the numerous Saudi officials who were seen entering and leaving after Oct. 2. This drama continued long after his vanishing. The repercussions of this vile act caused many companies to withdraw assets and even Trump said if the Saudis did kill him, they will pay a price.

Who is Khashoggi?

He is a Saudi citizen leaving in the USA and working resident for the Washington Post newspaper. For years, he has been critical of the Saudi regime and government regarding human rights and other reasons. While the Saudi government wants to world to think there is freedom within the borders, the freedom is restrained and those who are critical of the King and his royal family, have been mysteriously silenced in a variety of ways in the past. Jamal Khashoggi had been critical of the King and Prince but only in a moderate manner.

The New Cover Story

With Saudi reputation on the line, after Turkish claims that Khashoggi was killed within two hours after his arrival at the Saudi embassy and that the team 15 Saudi specialists arrived afterwards with tools to dismember a body, perhaps a scintilla of truth is finally coming from the Saudis. This new version is that Khashgoggi had been accidentally killed when an interrogation by lower level Saudi officials went bad. By bad, that most likely means a scuffle of some sort occurred and he was killed. The Saudi story continues with that neither the King nor the Prince knew anything about this and that it was lower level officials who killed him.

While we are getting closer to the real story, it is very hard to believe that the Saudi leaders, the Saudi Ambassador inside the embassy, did not know something before Jamal entered the building. The Prince of Saudi Arabia had reason to order this to silence a critic. Perhaps it was an interrogation that did go bad, but why did the Saudis kill him? Again, had an interrogation happened and Khashoggi was unharmed and left, there was fear what he would say to the Washington Post, since he was one of their reporters. If it really was an accident and not a planned murder, why summon 15 Saudi specialists to dismember his body? Where are the remains now? Why did the Saudis summon a cleaning crew before allowing Turkish officials inside for forensics?

The Saudi actions all speak to a vile crime they conducted. It is hard to believe that the Saudi Ambassador in Turkey was not in communication with the prince immediately after his death, or, this was anything but a planned hit on a critic of the Prince and Saudi regime that they have tried to cover up.

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    • fpherj48 profile image

      Paula 

      4 weeks ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

      If all that you have shared here is, in fact, accurate and can be believed as factual, I doubt any reasonably thinking individual needs a brick wall to fall on their head to accept that this man was murdered.

      So, what is it that happens next? In these countries of Saudi Royalty and/or dictatorship. where brutal murders are as everyday an occurrence as family dinner, who investigates? Who presses charges and what can they actually do to these people who rule with full power?

      These savages have no respect nor consideration for human life. They bow to no one and believe they are under no obligation to explain anything and they certainly have no need to be truthful.

      I'd like to know, what's the point here? In the vast majority of the Middle East, from their very beginnings, murder, beheadings, stonings, carving up entire bodies, burning alive....this is "sport" to these blood thirsty, psychotic savages. ( For thousands of years and will remain this way for the coming thousand years).

      Sorry Perry, but are you trying to say that the Saudi's CARE about their reputation? All due respect, are you serious?

    • Kathleen Cochran profile image

      Kathleen Cochran 

      4 weeks ago from Atlanta, Georgia

      Let's hope this administration gives them more than one week to investigate. Although Trump does have a short attention span.

      Links to Saudi Arabia and Russian. Just what we were looking for in a president, right?

    • perrya profile imageAUTHOR

      perrya 

      4 weeks ago

      Regardless of your views, you condone the fact that he was murdered by SA for being critical of a repressive regime, then, his body chopped up, then, for two weeks, SA denied everything, then, they admitted they killed him, then, they are still trying to concoct a story line to make the Prince look good, then, Trump and SA are trying to agree to an acceptable story because in 1995, SA saved Trump from bankruptcy by securing his Trump tower loan than he could not afford. Dirty all the way around.

    • RTalloni profile image

      RTalloni 

      4 weeks ago from the short journey

      Jamal Khashoggi was not lured into the situation. He was prepared to face what came his way. He spoke clearly to the fact that he did not expect to survive his opposition to the Saudi regime. Though he spoke of it after his viewpoints were published, he knew what he was up against before he began his public oppositions.

      From his stance it is not difficult to believe he felt his death would incontrovertibly speak to his cause, that martyrdom to his convictions would better effect what he had been trying to say with words, that his work would be best accomplished by his death. It seems he would prefer to be considered a martyr to his cause than a victim of the Saudis.

      It would be no surprise to find that he wrote about his concerns with the intention that those articles would be published after his death. To think he did not prepare articles to be used after his death is no stretch of the imagination, but whether anyone would be brave enough to publish them is a big question.

      There are loads of genuinely weighty questions we should ask ourselves before jumping onto a bandwagon about this situation. All need to begin with the acknowledgement that we know very little about the facts and supposition about the details of his death only cloud the purposes Khashoggi set out to achieve.

      What does Khashoggi's work tell us about how he would want us to respond to his death? He was willing to martyr himself, are we willing to focus on what he was trying to say or are we going to simply use him to further our own agendas?

      Since only those present at the time of his death know the truth, whose word will we take regarding exactly what happened to him? Murderers often lie about what happened.

      Knowing that the media is hatefully biased how is it that anyone depends on anything they say instead of thoughtfully examining their words by listening to all sides speaking to a matter? Examples of their outright lying, and hateful, mocking commentaries lamely disguised as reporting are now endless, yet their words are amazingly discussed as if they have positive value.

      Not allowing the media, politicians, activists, or any others play on our emotions but choosing to objectively gather the facts we do know and listen to all sides weighing in so we can evaluate our own thinking as well as the circumstances is crucial to responding maturely when something like this happens. Are we willing to do the work of listening to what all the voices speaking emotionally are trying to say while refusing to use situations emotively so we can respond to the bigger picture like grownups?

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