Killing Journalists: Business as Usual in the Saudi Kingdom

The hypocrite and war crime facilitator Samantha Power weighed in on President Trump’s inaction on the disappearance of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi. 

Take Power’s tweet for what it is—a partisan jab at Trump. Her former boss was also an enabler for the venal Saudis, going so far as to take a bow when meeting with King Abdullah. 

It’s said Obama wasn’t fond of the Saudis, but this didn’t stop him from helping them cover up their role in the 9/11 terrorist attacks. 

“Isn’t it time for the American president to stand with the victims of the attack rather than the House of Saud? Only by becoming an advocate for those who died in 9/11, can President Obama help reveal the truth,” writes Gerald Posner. 

Obama protected the Saudis by vetoing legislation—passed in the House and Senate—allowing victim families to sue Saudi Arabia for its role in the attack. 

He also signed off on a $115 billion arms deal with the Saudis, thus showing how personal issues with fossilized monarchs are irrelevant when hundreds of billions of dollars in death merchant wares are involved. 

Obama’s animosity wasn’t apparently an issue when the Saudis gave White House aides jewelry worth hundreds of thousands of dollars, according to Ben Rhodes, Obama’s speechwriter at the time. 

More important than suitcases filled with overpriced jewelry is Obama’s agreement to refuel Saudi planes killing children and wedding guests in Yemen, thus making the US complicit in serious war crimes. Obama was a salesman for the death merchants, although he could not show the exuberance displayed by Trump as he flew around the world selling high-tech murder wares. 

“The first is that it’s enriched U.S. weapons manufacturers, which have made $33 billion from deals with the Gulf in just the past 11 months, according to the State Department. Companies like Lockheed Martin, Raytheon and Boeing are thrilled—and defense industry analysts suggest the good times are just beginning,” Akbar Shahid Ahmed wrote in 2016. 

Now let’s move on to Ms. Power, Obama UN ambassador. This woman is a war criminal, plain and simple. 

According to the late investigative journalist Robert Parry, Power’s to-do list included illegally and violently overthrowing Bashar al-Assad in Syria, and this “takes precedence over shielding Alawites and other minorities from the likely consequence of Sunni-extremist vengeance. And she has sided with the ethnic Ukrainians in their slaughter of ethnic Russians in eastern Ukraine.” 

Power’s self-righteous approach to human rights deciding that her side wears white hats and the other side wears black hats is a bracing example of how “human rights activists” have become purveyors of death and destruction or what some critics have deemed “the weaponization of human rights.”

It is very easy to believe the Saudis had a journalist killed and chopped into pieces for the crime of lightly criticizing the Wahhabi monarchy. These are people who routinely chop off the heads of critics. Israa al-Ghomgham, a 29-year-old Shiite rights activist who was arrested, along with her husband, Moussa al-Hashem, in December 2015, faces this medieval prospect. A “Specialized Criminal Court” will decide their fate later this month. 

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Author: Kurt Nimmo