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Jamal Khashoggi killing

When Donald Trump tries to bury Khashoggi killing, he’s also burying 9/11

  • How is it good for America to do business with a country that produced, educated, financed and gave sanctuary to so many culprits of September 11?
PUBLISHED : Wednesday, 26 December, 2018, 1:03am
UPDATED : Wednesday, 26 December, 2018, 3:47am

President Donald Trump steadfastly denies that there is a smoking gun in the Jamal Khashoggi murder, and has refused to listen to the recording of the killing. But, even if the president is confronted with incontrovertible evidence implicating the crown prince of Saudi Arabia, he has stated that he will not abandon the United States’ partnership with The House of Saud. “America First!” he has declared, as if doing business with Saudi Arabia is like eating apple pie at a baseball game on the Fourth of July.

How is it good for America to do business with a country that produced, educated, financed and gave sanctuary to so many culprits of September 11?

Furthermore, who exactly was Jamal Khashoggi? He was a long-time Saudi journalist and one-time member of the Muslim Brotherhood who covered the Saudi- and US-supported war against the Soviets in Afghanistan.

But he was fired as editor of Al Watan daily, after publishing articles and cartoons that criticised the religious establishment. According to Lawrence Wright, author of the gripping The Looming Tower: Al-Qaeda and the Road to 9/11, Khashoggi was one of the few Saudis who acknowledged the cultural responsibility for 9/11.

In other words, he was a brave journalist who stood up to the same religious zealotry we as a nation have spilled so much blood to eradicate from the world. Again, I ask: is it good for US business to sanction a religious establishment that made 9/11 possible, but wrong to seek justice for a slain journalist who challenged the culture that gave rise to the worst crime in US history?

George Cassidy Payne, Rochester, NY