Middle Eastern Blood and Dirt


For over three years Saudi Arabia has been fighting a war in Yemen with little regard for civilian suffering.  The war itself has been deadly for thousands of bystanders, but far worse has been the famine the conflict has brought about, which has killed some 50,000 people already and has the potential to kill millions.  The arms with which the Saudis are fighting the war have been supplied by the United States.  Our policymakers have blood on their hands.

But neither the civilian casualties of war nor the tens of thousands killed by famine have moved Washington to re-examine its relationship with the House of Saud.  Instead, a rupture has been brought about by the murder of just one man.  On October 2, Jamal Khashoggi, an influential Saudi who had lately been living in exile in the U.S., entered a Saudi consulate in Istanbul to receive documents he needed to marry his Turkish fiancée.  He never came out—at least not alive or in one piece.

The Saudis at first said he had left by the back door—and it turns out a Saudi goon even dressed up in the dead man’s clothing and wandered around outside the Blue Mosque to create an alibi that, in the event, Saudi Arabia was never able to use.  The Turks knew exactly what had happened...

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