US greed never stops: No justice for Saudi slaughter of American journalist

Taking actions to prevent countries from carrying out human-rights violations sounds like the American thing to do, just not with Saudi Arabia.

Even though all evidence points to Saudi Arabia being responsible for the abhorrent murder of Washington Post contributor Jamal Khashoggi, it appears the country will get a pass from the United States.

Anyone under the impression that the butchering of a journalist abroad will result in reasonable repercussions against Saudi Arabia needs to take another look at this 75-year alliance.

Since it strictly revolves around arms and oil, the United States will not take any serious steps to punish the Saudis. A look inside the country should warrant sanctions from the United States, yet there are none. Saudi Arabia is a theocratic monarchy that has never had a single elected leader.

The last country in the world to allow women to vote still does not allow them to make any major decisions without a male guardian. This is a nation where atheists are considered terrorists.

The absurd nature of Saudi laws are rooted in Wahhabism, which is the official and dominant version of Islam. It uses the most ultra-conservative, literalist and oppressive reading of the Quran. Saudi citizens are publicly executed for adultery, blasphemy and drugs.

In Saudi Arabia, one could also be publicly executed for things that don't exist like witchcraft and sorcery. None of these facts have ever bothered the United States despite its "commitment" to combat radical Islam.

The bombing of Yemen by a Saudi-led coalition has been ongoing for three years now with the full support of the U.S. government.

If the Saudi slaughter of over 50,000 children in Yemen won't move our country to action, it seems unlikely that Khashoggi’s execution will.

It's hard to publicly condemn a country for human-rights violations when you are actively profiting off it. U.S.-made F-15s and weapons have been used to destroy hospitals, markets and school buses in Yemen.

Despite being banned by 119 countries, Saudi Arabia has used U.S.-made cluster bombs to incinerate cities and villages in the Middle East. If the United States actually cared about human rights, the country would stop aiding and abetting Saudi Arabia in the destruction of Yemen.

It is evident that the only thing that moves U.S. foreign policy is money. "I don’t like the concept of stopping an investment of $110 billion into the United States," President Donald Trump said after the initial reports of Khashoggi's murder emerged.

There should be a Saudi Arabia investigation regarding Trump, who registered eight companies in Saudi Arabia shortly after starting his presidential bid. "They buy apartments from me," Trump said on the campaign trail at an Alabama rally. "They spend $40 million, $50 million. Am I supposed to dislike them?"

Trump's first international trip was to Saudi Arabia after being elected, which led to an alleged $400 billion deal. The United States still has no ambassador to Saudi Arabia because Trump's son-in-law, Jared Kushner, has personally been handling those relations ever since he took office.

A recently compiled report by the Foreign Influence Transparency Initiative found that Saudi lobbyists also contacted 50 U.S. senators in 2017, along with another 150 members of Congress. It's safe to say the Saudis have their bases covered and get their money's worth.

If not influence, then Saudi money has at least created a culture of silence in Washington regarding the country's repeated human-rights violations. In the one instance in which sanctions might actually help what the United Nations calls 2018's worst humanitarian crisis in Yemen, the United States will most likely nod and look away.

Justice for Khashoggi will not be served because business has taken priority over everything, as usual.

-Pat Sikora

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