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Do you think the Saudi government was responsible for Khashoggi's death?

Asked by Demosthenes (5950points) October 11th, 2018

Jamal Khashoggi was a Saudi journalist, reportedly a “mild critic” of the Saudi regime and its crown prince Muhammad bin Salman.

Khashoggi disappeared on October 2nd at the Saudi consulate in Istanbul, Turkey. He has not been seen since. Evidence has now come forth that he was killed, possibly by order of the Saudi government (according to Turkish officials).

If the Saudis killed him, why? The international reputation of the country is going to be severely damaged by this. The Saudis have always been good pals with America (despite being the source of modern Islamic fundamentalism, but whatever…) and this incident might usher in a break with them. I’m not saying “conspiracy”, but I have to wonder where the sense in this was.

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zenvelo's avatar

…The Saudis have always been good pals with America…

Yep, they lost 19 of ther best on 9/11! And they’ve worked to keep South Yemen free for vacationing Americans.

The US government’s only concern about this murder is that the Saudis were sloppy in doing it so blatantly; they need to be more discreet in how they get rid of journalists. They need to be more like the Bulgarians or the Russians.

Jared Kushner is very good friends with Crown Prince Muhammad bin Salman, consulting with him often. There is no doubt that the White House gave tacit approval. The Republican Administration does not like journalists, especially those associaetd with the Washington Post.

snowberry's avatar


stanleybmanly's avatar

Responsible? I am strongly inclined to think this the decision of an individual powerful enough to order the government to pull it off. This was not the sort of thing that any sane deliberative government would embark on as policy. It reminds me of the Trump decision to kidnap kids.

Jeruba's avatar


And they have been emboldened by the U.S. president’s infatuation with dictators, animosity toward the press, and indifference to justice and law.

This blood may not be on our hands, but it’s pretty certain to have splattered our golf shirt.

gorillapaws's avatar

It’s beyond a reasonable doubt for me.

rojo's avatar

They are certainly the leading suspects at this time.

rebbel's avatar

“Evidence has come forth….”
Did I miss this important news?

rojo's avatar

As to why, the intimidation factor upon their own populace is of more value than any kind of international condemnation.

@rebbel I believe they have camera evidence of what they are calling a 15 man hit squad coming into Turkey from Saudi The Guardian

kritiper's avatar

Yes. The evidence I’ve seen is quite undeniable.

rebbel's avatar

@rojo Yeah, I saw the footage of that, but I wouldn’t call that evidence, really.
A lead, yes.

flutherother's avatar

Khashoggi entered the Saudi consulate in Istanbul by arrangement and never left. It seems a 15 man hit squad flown in from Saudi Arabia murdered him and smuggled his body out of the country for the crime of criticising Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman.

The United States, which might have been expected to lead criticisism of this despicable act by an ally has done nothing. Trump has since said relations with the Saudis remain “excellent” and the murder will not affect the $120 billion arms deal with the Saudis.

It is another reminder that Trump doesn’t understand the concept of morality and is unfit to lead the country.

ucme's avatar

Hmm, this should sheik things up a bit.

mazingerz88's avatar


It’s going to get worse for journalists around the world if deplorable American voters keep supporting despicable douches like trump.

rojo's avatar

@flutherother The Sheik and Weasel Jr. are buddies. Not gonna find a whole lot of sympathy from this administration.

zenvelo's avatar

Trump Jr spreading word that Hashoggi was a terrorist:

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