Washington Post writer Jamal Khashoggi made headlines around the world two weeks ago when he entered the Saudi Arabian consulate in Turkey to obtain paperwork that would allow him to marry his fiance. That was the last time that he was seen or heard from. After two weeks of speculation and questions, it was announced that he died inside the consulate.
Of course, you know who waffled in his reaction. First he defended the Saudi government, then he sent Secretary Of State Mike Pompeo to play hardball.
His waffling is not surprising. During the 2016 election, he made the following statement:
“Saudi Arabia, I like the Saudis,” Trump said at a July 2015 rally. “I make a lot of money with them. They buy all sorts of my stuff. All kinds of toys from Trump. They pay me millions and hundred of millions.”
If that is not enough to raise a few questions, then his proto-despotic tendencies should be more than enough to make the average citizen ask if he is up to doing the job.
Yesterday, The Washington Post published Mr. Khashoggi’s final article yesterday. While the article speaks of what is happening in the Arab world, it also speaks to what is happening outside of the Arab world. Democracies that were secure are being shaken and tested. Dictators and autocrats rule in countries where Democracy was the law of the land.
If nothing else, the murder of Jamal Khashoggi reminds us all that a Democratic government lives or dies by the will of the people. If they do not speak up and fight for their rights, they may watch those same rights slip through their fingers unnoticed.
Last year, Mr. Khashoggi’s employer presented the following statement to it’s readers and the public:
“Democracy dies in darkness.”
That statement has never been as true as it is today.
RIP Jamal Khashoggi, may your memory be a blessing.