Society 10:45 31/10/2018 World

Saudi journalist’s murder exploited for selfish interests by world powers

By Harut Sassounian

Publisher, The California Courier

The heinous murder of prominent Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi has been exploited by leaders of several countries for their selfish political and economic gains, ignoring the vile nature of the crime. The main participants in this ugly game are Saudi Arabia, Turkey and the United States.

On October 2, 2018, Jamal Khashoggi, a Saudi citizen, visited Saudi Arabia’s Consulate in Istanbul, Turkey, to finalize his divorce documents so he could marry his Turkish fiancée, Hatice Cengiz. Khashoggi never left the Consulate. He was murdered and reportedly dismembered by a special team of Saudi investigators who were sent to Istanbul the day before, and after the killing immediately returned to Saudi Arabia on two separate private jets.

Khashoggi, who had worked for years for the Saudi government in important positions, left Saudi Arabia and settled in the United States in 2017 after becoming disillusioned with Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman’s limitless powers. Khashoggi began writing critical opinion columns in the Washington Post, while Saudi leaders made several unsuccessful attempts to lure him back to his native land.

Initially, Saudi Arabia announced that Khashoggi had left its Consulate in Istanbul within an hour or so of his arrival. However, after leaks from the Turkish government that there was no video of Khashoggi exiting the Consulate, the Saudi authorities changed their story, claiming that the dissident journalist was killed during a fistfight at the Consulate. A week later, the Saudi leaders changed their story once again, stating that Khashoggi’s murder was premeditated and not accidental. Saudi Arabia proceeded to fire five security officials and arrested a dozen others, claiming that neither King Salman nor the Crown Prince had any advance knowledge of the murder plan. Given the fact that the Crown Prince is in total control of the country, no one believes that he was unaware of Khashoggi’s killing by the Kingdom’s top security and intelligence officials.

In the meantime, the Turkish government, which has been in constant rivalry with Saudi Arabia for the dominance of the Sunni Islamic world, has been leaking to the Turkish media drip by drip the evidence of Khashoggi’s murder. Initially, the Turks claimed that the information came from Khashoggi’s apple watch which had recorded his torture and murder. When experts advised that the apple watch did not have such a capacity, it became clear that the Turkish government used the watch as a cover up for its secret recording devices installed inside the Saudi Consulate.

In my opinion, the Turkish government’s continuous leaks to the media were meant to send a message to Saudi authorities that it would make public potentially embarrassing evidence about Khashoggi’s killing, unless the Saudis would pay a large ransom for Pres. Erdogan’s silence. It is well-known that the Turkish economy is in shambles and desperately needs tens of billions of dollars to cover its foreign debts. Not hearing a positive response, Erdogan warned the Saudis that he would personally go on national TV and reveal the “naked truth,” unless the Saudis accommodated the Turkish demands. During his speech last week, for the first time, Erdogan made public the timeline of Khashoggi murder and raised serious doubts that it was accidental. However, the Turkish President seemed to keep the hope alive that the Saudis will eventually meet his shakedown demands by not making public all of his secretly collected evidence. In his speech, Erdogan neither mentioned the name of the Saudi Crown Prince nor the Turkish possession of audio/visual materials which had recorded Khashoggi’s painful death. Instead, Erdogan asked several questions that he probably knew the answers, such as: where is Khashoggi’s body and who is the Turkish collaborator who whisked it away at Saudis’ request? Meanwhile, to squeeze the Saudis further, the Turkish press published last week gruesome images of Khashoggi’s dismembered body!

The third culprit is the United States, more specifically, Pres. Trump. When he first got the news that Khashoggi was murdered at the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul, Pres. Trump kept emphasizing his own “great achievement” of selling $110 billion of advanced U.S. weapons to Saudi Arabia during his last year’s visit, ostensibly creating “450,000 jobs for American workers.” As usual, Pres. Trump exaggerated the financial benefits as he had not signed a contract for the sale of $110 billion of U.S. weapons. There was actually an agreement to sell only $10-$20 billion of weapons in the next five years. Furthermore, a year ago Pres. Trump had said that the same weapon sale would create 40,000 American jobs, not 450,000. However, a few days after Khashoggi’s murder, Pres. Trump exaggerated his numbers, this time to 500,000 jobs. A week later, he increased it again to “one million jobs,” and then to “over one million jobs.”

Regardless of how many jobs would be created and how many billions would the sale of the weapons bring, Pres. Trump never expressed his condolences to the Khashoggi family. Even though Pres. Trump kept warning Saudi Arabia of “severe consequences,” he valued the price of the weapons more than a human being’s life! The only American ‘punishment’ was the suspension of U.S. visas to the 18 Saudis who were sent to Istanbul to murder Khashoggi.

Regrettably, most heads of states do not care about human beings! What’s in it for me or my nation is the common practice. In the process, leaders are willing to lie, cheat, and even murder.

Khashoggi’s Turkish fiancée did the right thing by refusing Pres. Trump’s invitation to the White House. She did not want her grief to be exploited by a politician who only cares about his own selfish gains rather than the pain and suffering of the family members of a mutilated murder victim!



Source Panorama.am
Share |
Տեքստում սխալ կամ վրիպակ նկատելու դեպքում, ուղարկեք խմբագրին հաղորդագրություն` նշելով տվյալ սխալը, այնուհետև սեղմելով Ctrl-Enter:

Newsfeed

15:58
PM says Armenia’s external forex reserves stand at unprecedented level
Armenia's Foreign Exchange Reserves stood at 2.8 USD bln in 2019, which is more by 28 per cent to compare with the data of 2018, Prime...
14:36
Azerbaijan fired over 700 shots toward Armenian positions - Artsakh Defense Army
The Azerbaijani armed forces violated the ceasefire along the Artsakh-Azerbaijan Line of Contact over 130 times in the past week, the...
14:13
Death toll rises in eastern Turkey earthquake
At least 20 people were killed and more than 1,015 injured Friday after a deadly earthquake rattled eastern Turkey, according to authorities....
12:57
Armenia acquired unprecedented amount of weapons – PM
The budget allocations for the defense ministry will amount for 307 billion AMD (around 640 million USD) in 2020 which is an 28% increase to...
12:02
11 under watch in India over Coronavirus fears
Eleven people in four cities of India have been kept under observation after they returned from China and showed mild symptoms of the new...
11:31
PM Pashinyan sent congratulatory messages to leaders of China
Armenian Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan sent congratulatory messages to the President Xi Jinping and Prime Minister Li Keqiang of the...
10:57
Armenian skaters reached the final at the 2020 European Figure Skating Championships
Armenian figure skaters Tina Karapetyan and Simon Senekal have reached the final in a pair event of the 2020 European Figure Skating...
10:32
At least 19 dead, more than 600 injured in Turkey earthquake
At least 19 people died and more than 600 were injured in eastern Turkey after an earthquake rattled the region on Friday evening, CNN reported....
20:30
Some roads closed, difficult to pass in Armenia
Armenia’s ministry of emergency situations (MES) reports that some roads are closed, difficult to pass in the territory of republic as of...
20:04
Diocese of Baltic States of the Armenian Apostolic Church established
On January 24, His Holiness Karekin II, Supreme Patriarch and Catholicos of All Armenians issued a Kontag on establishing Diocese of the...
19:24
Vandals set fire to mosque in east Jerusalem
Israeli police said on Friday they are investigating after a “room was ignited” in a mosque on the outskirts of Jerusalem and Hebrew...
18:51
Viva-MTS: “+3GB” Internet package within “X”, “Y” and “Z” tariff plans
Now prepaid and postpaid subscribers of “X”, “Y” tariff plans, as well as prepaid subscribers of “Z” tariff...
18:49
Artak Kamalyan to be dismissed from post of deputy minister of economy
Armenia's deputy minister of economy Artak Kamalyan will be dismissed from office by the decree of the country’s Prime Minister Nikol...
18:08
Central Bank held its refinancing rate steady at 5.5 percent
The Board of Central Bank of Armenia (CBA) decided to leave the Refinancing Rate of CBA unchanged, at 5.5 percent. As the press department at...
16:46
Prince Charles visits Armenian church in Bethlehem
Prince Charles of the Great Britain on Friday visited the Armenian Church of the Nativity in Bethlehem, Chancellor of the Armenian Patriarchate...
16:33
Constitutional Court head says authorities seek to ‘get rid of' him as soon as possible
Constitutional Court Chairman Hrayr Tovmasyan reacted to the search conducted in his apartment by the Special Investigative Service on Friday....
15:55
WHO expects coronavirus cases to rise in China
Cases of the new coronavirus are likely to continue to rise in China and it is too soon to evaluate its severity, a spokesman for the World...
15:39
Lydian provides update on restructuring proceedings
Lydian International Limited (TSX:LYD) announced on Thursday that the company’s and its direct and indirect wholly owned subsidiaries,...
15:15
New Yerevan police chief named
Police Colonel Armen Gasparyan has been appointed new Yerevan police chief, the police press service reported. Before the appointment...
14:53
Soldier wounded in Artsakh undergoes surgery, in stable condition – Defense Ministry spox
One of the Armenian soldiers wounded in Artsakh under yet unclear circumstances has undergone surgery, Defense Ministry spokesman Artsrun...
14:35
Lawyer: Investigators ‘found nothing’ during search of Hrayr Tovmasyan’s home
Investigators have found nothing while searching the apartment of Constitutional Court Chairman Hrayr Tovmasyan, his lawyer Amram Makinyan told...
14:07
All flights from China's Wuhan to Moscow cancelled amid coronavirus outbreak
All flights from the Chinese city of Wuhan to Moscow have been cancelled over the coronavirus outbreak in China, Sputnik reported,...
13:59
Lawyer posts video from Armenian top court head's home being searched by SIS
Amram Makinyan, one of the lawyers of Constitutional Court Chairman Hrayr Tovmasyan, has posted a video on Facebook from the apartment of the...
13:31
European Commission, Council presidents sign Brexit deal
European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen and European Council President Charles Michel this morning signed the agreement on the...
13:20
Armenia moves to ban plastic bags from 2022
The Armenian government approved on Thursday a draft law that would ban the use of single-use plastic bags in the country from January 1, 2022....
12:42
Putin proposes 2020 summit with leaders of Russia, France, China, U.S. and UK
Russian President Vladimir Putin on Thursday proposed holding a summit between the leaders of Russia, China, the United States, France and...
12:29
Yekaterinburg-Yerevan flight returns to airport due to landing gear issue
A Ural Airlines Airbus A320 flight from Yekaterinburg to Yerevan was forced to return to the Russian city airport after a landing gear...
12:10
Scientists re-create 3,000-year-old Egyptian mummy's voice
Scientists have fulfilled a mummified Egyptian priest's wish for life after death - by replicating his voice with artificial vocal chords....
11:54
Armenian soprano after Dresden scandal: ‘Culture knows no boundaries’
"I strongly believed that culture knows no boundaries and I am glad that this belief is shared by so many people who have supported me with...
11:16
Death toll in China's new coronavirus outbreak reaches 26
The death toll in the outbreak of the new coronavirus 2019-nCoV in China has reached 26, and 849 people have been infected, TASS reported,...

Follow us and get updates!

Most popular articles

{"core.blocks.header.spell_message1":"Selected mistake: ","core.blocks.header.spell_message2":"Send a message about the mistake?"}