Lucrative Saudi arms contracts will go forward
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