Khashoggi Not Worth Severing Saudi Ties [OPINION]
It appears as though the left-wing media, in its rush to hammer the Trump Administration, may have goofed again. All of those self-righteous scribes who find it scandalous that Trump is unwilling to blow up the relationship between the U.S. and Saudi Arabia over the Khashoggi murder maybe should have done a little research before mounting their high horses.
Carmine Sabia, who writes for The Federalist Papers and The Arab Weekly, reports that Washington Post reporter Jamal Khashoggi, a non-U.S. citizen, was actually a pal of none other than Osama Bin Ladin when both were members of the Muslim Brotherhood terrorist organization and advocating for an Islamic state worldwide. Both Sabia and The Arab Weekly provide some very interesting reading on Khashoggi's background.
The truth of the matter is the American media has turned a blind eye for years while homosexuals and women have been brutalized by the Saudis and most everywhere else in the Middle East, but suddenly finds its outrage over human rights violations because Khashoggi is a reporter. Since Donald Trump has declared the media the "enemy of the people," Khashoggi's blood is supposedly on his hands.
The truth of the matter is the Saudis are a key ally in a very troubled part of the world. They are helping to keep Iran in check while providing valuable intelligence that keeps the entire world safer. They are also providing a check on anyone looking to cause harm to Israel, our ally.
Khasoggi's death is being investigated by the proper authorities. It is not up to the American media to dictate Middle Eastern justice or American foreign policy. At least at this point there is no sound reason to, as some have suggested, severe our ties with the Saudis.
Barry Richard is the host of The Barry Richard Show on 1420 WBSM New Bedford. He can be heard weekdays from noon to 3 p.m. Contact him at firstname.lastname@example.org and follow him on Twitter @BarryJRichard58. The opinions expressed in this commentary are solely those of the author.