Force Saudis to come clean

The Republican Herald - - OPINION -

Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump was on the mark Wed­nes­day in de­mand­ing, along with an ar­ray of other lead­ers, that Saudi Ara­bia ac­count for miss­ing jour­nal­ist and dis­si­dent Ja­mal Khashoggi.

Khashoggi, a Saudi who writes for The Wash­ing­ton Post, en­tered the Saudi con­sulate in Is­tan­bul on Oct. 2 to sign doc­u­ments rel­a­tive to his im­pend­ing mar­riage, as his Turk­ish fi­ancee waited for him out­side.

Khashoggi never emerged from the con­sulate. The New York Times quoted mul­ti­ple Turk­ish of­fi­cials Wed­nes­day as say­ing that a 15- mem­ber Saudi as­sas­si­na­tion team mur­dered Khashoggi some­where on the con­sulate grounds on or­ders of the Saudi govern­ment, then dis­mem­bered his body with a bone saw that they brought with them for that pur­pose.

Trump should make clear to Saudi Crown Prince Mo­hammed bin Sal­man, on whom the pres­i­dent of­ten has heaped praise, that fail­ure to ac­count for Khashoggi will carry se­ri­ous ram­i­fi­ca­tions for his king­dom’s re­la­tion­ship with the United States.

The dis­si­dent’s dis­ap­pear­ance mean­while, is a grim tes­ta­ment to the rise of au­thor­i­tar­i­an­ism among many na­tions, and why the United States must stand res­o­lutely against it.

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