Many people assume that the death of “journalist” Jamal Khashoggi, who apparently was killed at the Saudi embassy in Turkey, requires a big response from the United States.
First, he wasn’t an American citizen as many mistakenly think. Certainly few in the media were concerned about Pastor Brunson, an actual American, and his lengthy incarceration by Turkish dictator Tayyip Erdogan.
Second, he didn’t really belong to the Washington Post staff. He only contributed stories at times. He wasn’t really a journalist either. He had a long history of political activism, something that makes the uber Left Trump hating WaPo tingle with anticipatory lust.
The media doesn’t like to bring up that maybe the whole thing is a set up by Turkey’s best bud, Iran. Our media and Iran would love to see the U.S. Saudi alliance to stop Iran thwarted.
Daniel Greenfield at Front Page magazine recalls Khashoggi’s reaction to 9/11:
There’s a reason that the media loved Jamal Khashoggi, the Muslim Brotherhood member and Osama bin Laden pal. And there’s a reason that it’s mourning his supposed disappearance.
Here, after September 11, Jamal Khashoggi blames the Muslim terrorist attacks on America’s support for Israel.
“Americans want unconditional condemnation of the horrible attacks that happened in their skies and on their land. They also want total cooperation in their fight against terror according to their own definition of what terrorism is and exactly who the terrorists are. But Saudi Arabia will not give in to such demands,” Khashoggi said.
America’s definition of terrorism apparently differs sharply from the Muslim Brotherhood member’s definition.
“Saudis tend to link the ugliness of what happened in New York and Washington with what has happened and continues to happen in Palestine. It is time that the United States comes to understand the effect of its foreign policy and the consequences of that policy. But unfortunately such rationalisation is still not part of the American reality.”
In other words, Americans had it coming for supporting Israel.
The theme comes up again later in Khashoggi’s rant.
“The Saudis haven’t forgotten that only days before the terrible crimes in New York, there was an art exhibition on the streets of that city in support of what New Yorkers saw as the plight of the Israelis. We can’t understand why no one thought of depicting the plight of the Palestinians, who are the occupied community. Despite our unhappiness with such actions of utter ignorance, Saudis have all expressed deep condemnation of the September 11 crimes.”
We should be equally big by expressing condemnation of whoever disposed of Jamal, whether it was the Saudis or his Turkish pals staging a little false flag operation, and then decide that we really need to discuss the definitions of disappearance and missing.
The media needs to get out of the business of statecraft and leave it to elected officials like the president. Their meddling does not help our country.