Ja­mal Khashoggi and 17 Black

The Malta Independent on Sunday - - LETTERS -

They are not con­nected in any way, but my gut feel­ing is that they have much in com­mon.

The facts are so ob­vi­ous. Ja­mal Khashoggi was killed on the di­rect or­ders of the Crown Prince of Saudi Ara­bia. The in­ten­tions of the ben­e­fi­cia­ries of the money from 17 Black were cor­rupt. In ad­di­tion, who is de­fend­ing them is cor­rupt and seems to have a fin­ger in the pie too.

Pop­ulist pol­i­tics are at play here. Don­ald Trump does not wish to in­volve the prince in the killing be­cause lots of money will be lost in the process as well as an ally in the Mid­dle East. The Labour Party is rid­ing on a huge wave of pop­ulist pol­i­tics. Peo­ple are say­ing: come on, don’t be a spoil­sport. How­ever, the fact re­mains that the end never jus- ti­fies the means and we will have to deal with the harm­ful con­se­quences that will en­sue. The vi­sion of the USA that hu­man dig­nity should be up­held is be­com­ing murky and the moral fabric of our fledg­ling democ­racy is slowly rot­ting.

We, who were mov­ing slowly to be­com­ing a West­ern Na­tion have slid back many years into nepo­tism, clien­telism, no free speech and weak in­sti­tu­tions. The big mis­take the Na­tion­al­ists did when in gov­ern­ment was to let cor­rup­tion reign in plan­ning. The rot spread and they lost cred­i­bil­ity. In­jus­tice hurts not only the com­mon peo­ple but also the whole coun­try. Joe Portelli Nadur

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