Are arms, oil worth more than a life?

Calgary Herald - - OPINION -

While there has been worth­while, ex­ten­sive press cov­er­age of the killing of re­spected Wash­ing­ton Post jour­nal­ist Ja­mal Khashoggi by “se­cu­rity” forces of Saudi Crown Prince Mo­hammed bin Sal­man, there have been only mealy-mouthed de­nun­ci­a­tions, con­tin­ued sup­port for the Saudis and a laugh­able re­sponse of “rogue killers”/ phan­toms be­ing be­hind this atrocity by U.S. Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump.

Now, the Saudis and bin Sal­man have been al­lowed 30 days to sup­pos­edly in­ves­ti­gate the killing, i.e. to of­fer plau­si­ble de­ni­a­bil­ity to topof-the-heap Saudi lead­er­ship, in­clud­ing bin Sal­man and his fam­ily. If the mur­der of Khashoggi was not so bla­tant and vi­cious, its coverup such a sham-show, it would be a far­ci­cal soap opera.

The Saudis are a dic­ta­tor­ship that has only its oil-in­flu­ence and its money to burn. Saudi lead­er­ship does not de­serve the ben­e­fit of the doubt in this lat­est bar­baric in­ci­dent. It is ac­count­able to world courts and jus­tice for its use of state-spon­sored killing, at home and abroad.

When mu­ni­tions sales-in­come are made supreme over hu­man rights and lib­erty, then all of us are doomed to the moral con­se­quences of one man’s life mean­ing so very lit­tle.

Ste­wart Ford, Cal­gary

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