Why You Should Be Skeptical of the Khashoggi Narrative

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(CJ Opinion) — The Trump administration has ended its weeks-long silence on the disappearance of the Saudi Arabian Washington Submit journalist Jamal Khashoggi. Following a briefing from Secretary of State Pompeo who has simply returned from a go to to Riyadh and Ankara, the president has said that opposite to some hopeful speculation that had emerged early on after his disappearance, Khashoggi does certainly seem to have been killed on the Saudi consulate in Istanbul. Whether it is decided that the Saudis have been accountable, Trump warned that there will likely be “very extreme” penalties. Secretary of the Treasury Steve Mnuchin has announced that he won’t be attending the Future Funding Initiative summit in Riyadh subsequent week.

I’ve been following this story with some curiosity, however I haven’t been writing about it till now. That is a type of uncommon tales that has drawn the main focus of each mainstream and different media, the latter as a result of it’s seen as a possibility to criticize the west’s extraordinarily immoral involvement within the wicked actions of a murderous theocracy, and since it’s a possibility to assault the hypocrisy of the institution in decrying the homicide of a single man whereas ignoring Saudi Arabia’s much more unconscionable habits like its struggle crimes in Yemen and facilitation of bloodshed in Syria. Killing one man could be very, very removed from the highest of the record of probably the most horrific issues Saudi Arabia has performed; criticizing them for that’s like criticizing Henry Kissinger for not tipping properly at eating places.

The dominant anti-establishment criticism of the mainstream protection of this story has been that they’re solely upset on the Saudi royals now as a result of their bloodshed lastly touched a member of the political/media class, who are supposed to be untouchable. And hey, that may very well be it, who is aware of. It’s potential that every one that we’re taking a look at is the Saudi monarchy killing and killing with impunity till it killed somebody the pundits and politicians are prone to meet at a cocktail get together, and that’s the only motive for the in depth protection this story has been receiving a few authorities whose crimes are usually ignored. I stay very skeptical that that’s the entire reality, nonetheless.

I haven’t joined within the fray of commentary about this story as a result of I don’t belief it. We’re being advised that Khashoggi had an disagreeable encounter with the enterprise finish of a bone noticed, however we’ve seen no proof of it. We’ve been advised that there’s audio footage of this occurring however solely unnamed Turkish officers are cited because the supply of this declare. I don’t blame different media retailers for leaping on a possibility to criticize an overtly despicable a part of the US-centralized empire and the political/media class’s shameless complicity therewith, however the truth that the propagandists now occur to be specializing in an enemy of reality and peace proper now is just not a authentic motive to start trusting them or their narratives.

Everytime you see the politicians and media all converge in settlement throughout political traces upon a single narrative with a substantial amount of focus and promotion, it’s time to show up the dial in your skepticism, particularly when that narrative includes international coverage. The Center East is a hotly disputed and strategically important zone; one want solely to read this Saudi media columnthreatening dire penalties ought to the US impose sanctions on it for Khashoggi to see this. The article reads like a crash course within the geopolitical relationship between the Center East and the western empire, saying Saudi Arabia might triple or quadruple the worth of oil in response to sanctions, pull out of its extremely lucrative petrodollar arrangement with the US, reduce the US off from one of many high 20 economies on this planet, type an alliance with the KSA’s heretofore rival Iran, and ending with the assertion that “if Washington imposes sanctions on Riyadh, it is going to stab its personal financial system to loss of life, though it thinks that it’s stabbing solely Riyadh!”

This important strategic area is a nonstop story of regularly shifting alliances as immensely highly effective movers and shakers combat to place themselves in dominant positions like youngsters enjoying king of the mountain. Final 12 months alone we noticed world-shaking occasions like the sudden unified pivot against Qatar and the so-called “anti-corruption” purge of excessive stage members of the Saudi royal household by Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman (MbS), the de facto choice maker of the Saudi authorities who’s being openly accused of direct complicity in Khashoggi’s alleged homicide. As famous in a stable Off-Guardiantake titled “Jamal Khashoggi: or why you don’t trust the MSM even if they say what you want to hear”, we are able to look slightly additional again to when Saddam Hussein was the “good man” within the Center East as a result of he was combating Iran. There aren’t any stationary alliances within the area excluding the nuclear-armed Israel for nonetheless lengthy it exists, so we may very well be taking a look at yet one more Sport of Thrones-like shift in alliance.

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Saudi Arabia has been a staunch ally of the US for many years, gaining the assist of probably the most highly effective navy pressure within the historical past of civilization in alternate for the petrodollar deal, a powerful navy/intelligence/financial asset in a key strategic area, and a very opaque and unaccountable authorities that may get away with perpetrating unfathomable evils that the US and its western allies might by no means get away with. However that doesn’t imply that may’t change as oil and vitality dominance shifts and the empire restructures its belongings to the good thing about the plutocrats and their lackeys. If it does change, we are able to count on to see a drastic shift within the narratives the pundits and politicians advance about Saudi Arabia, very very like the shift in narratives we’re seeing now. One factor’s for sure: there’s no means the empire would flip in opposition to such a vastly helpful geopolitical asset only for making some shady journalist right into a jigsaw puzzle.

So keep skeptical. Simply because the speaking heads are telling you that Jamal Khashoggi has been brutally murdered and it’s essential that you simply care doesn’t imply you must imagine them. If it is a propaganda narrative to advance a brand new oligarchic agenda, there’s no motive to go serving to them advance it. Eyes large.

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Opinion by Caitlin Johnstone / Republished with permission / Medium / Report a typo

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