Lu­cra­tive Saudi arms con­tracts will go for­ward

The Guardian Weekly - - Opinion -

The killing of the jour­nal­ist Ja­mal Khashoggi has given rise to ex­ten­sive re­port­ing, in­clud­ing the Guardian’s cov­er­age (19 Oc­to­ber). The most telling in­dict­ment on the part of the US and UK gov­ern­ments re­gard­ing their for­eign pol­icy with Saudi Ara­bia is that, even if it is ver­i­fied that the Saudi gov­ern­ment was di­rectly in­volved, arms sales to Saudi Ara­bia will not be halted.

In­stead of ex­am­in­ing their own role in sow­ing de­struc­tion, the UK and US gov­ern­ments’ jus­ti­fi­ca­tion is that if they cease their arms con­tracts with the King­dom, Saudi’s rulers will sim­ply be forced to buy else­where. This is akin to ex­plain­ing, for ex­am­ple, that it is im­per­a­tive to rob a par­tic­u­lar bank be­fore some­one else robs it first. Anna Ro­mano Work­sop, UK

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