Saudi cash to US for arms ‘blood money’

Daily News - - METRO -

THE US has an ad­min­is­tra­tion that has shown, by word and deed, that it cares more for cut­ting lu­cra­tive arms deals to profit the cor­po­rate US weapons in­dus­try than it does for pre­vent­ing war and main­tain­ing the moral high ground.

The US needed to end arms deals with Saudi Ara­bia to avenge the mur­der of Ja­mal Khashoggi in Tur­key. Af­ter the grue­some tor­ture and mur­der of Khashoggi, one would have ex­pected con­dem­na­tion of such bar­barism and an im­me­di­ate end to fur­ther arms sales to the Saudi regime, es­pe­cially when those weapons are killing in­no­cent civil­ians in Yemen and cre­at­ing hu­man suf­fer­ing of un­prece­dented pro­por­tions.

The US has be­come the war mon­ger of the world, sell­ing these weapons to Saudi Ara­bia for use against Yemen, to Is­rael for atroc­i­ties against Pales­tini­ans and fo­ment­ing other con­flicts.

Any money paid to the US by Saudi Ara­bia in ex­change for weapons now, since the mur­der of Ja­mal Khashoggi, would be blood money drag­ging us into the cesspool of tyranny swirling through­out the world. RIYAAD DHAI Dur­ban

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