By Brian J. Karem
On Oct. 2, journalist Jamal Khashoggi of the Washington Post disappeared after he entered the Saudi Arabian embassy in Turkey.
The progressive reporter was an “enemy of the people” and part of the “Fake Media,” according to our president, and the Saudi Royal family loathed his progressive stances.
Khashoggi has not been seen alive since he walked into the embassy. The Saudis now admit he is dead, claim no responsibility for his death, and our president has made it clear on Twitter he believes the Saudis.
At one point Donald Trump even suggested some “rogue” hit squad took the reporter out while he was inside the embassy.
Yes. He did.
Let’s be clear: The Saudi government is one of the most repressive regimes on the planet. The Royal family tenaciously holds on to power. Its agents across the globe have no problem bribing or beating people into submission.
It is a totalitarian group both misanthropic and misogynistic.
In short, it’s a Donald Trump administration on steroids.
The actions suspected of the Saudis come as no surprise to anyone who’s ever been to Saudi Arabia as I have.
Women are just shy of being considered property. The power elite are filled with spoiled children who believe they can get anything they want at any time they want and nobody else matters.
They are narcissistic, rich, powerful, alarmingly socially awkward and arrogant.
I have said they remind me of North Korea, only they have lots of oil money to back them up.
Our government has long danced with this despotic and regressive regime because it suited our interests.
The time for that is at an end.
Trump loves to rattle his saber when he believes it appropriate, calling Kim Jong Un “Little Rocket Man,” and telling us all how bad the Chinese are and how he can stand up to Putin.
There’s little indication Trump has ever played the big man on the international stage to a government as powerful as China or Russia, or even a mediocre malevolent regime like Saudi Arabia.
Now is the time for Trump to step up to the plate.
There are many who believe because of his suspected business ties to Saudi Arabia, his penchant for the entrapments of an elite lifestyle, and because he truly doesn’t understand the country he rules, that Donald Trump will not be able to condemn or punish Saudi Arabia.
If that is the case, then we are truly living in hazardous times.
Whether you agree with what someone says, or disagree with what they say, their right to exist cannot be terminated because you disagree with what they say.
It is a fundamental human right. It is basic to our existence. It is the foundation of culture and civilization.
No one agrees with everyone 100 percent of the time.
So, when those in power kill those who question that power, we have entered a dark, murky world of corruption, degradation, and evil from which it is exceedingly difficult to escape.
One death portends others.
Deaths of those who question power indicate slavery, malfeasance and at the very least a long, drawn-out cultural war.
It may have been upon us, unknowingly or maybe we unwittingly ignored it. However, it can no longer be denied.
Like the Texas-sized trash heap in the Pacific Ocean between San Francisco and Hawaii, it may be unseen, but it is dangerous and it is there and we have to deal with it.
Donald Trump is either going to be part of the problem or he can do what he claims he wants to do – Make America Great Again.
In this case Trump will have to work counter-intuitively to his base desires. He loves the trappings of the nouveau riche. He loves being able to act without consequence and he thoroughly enjoys the power that comes with it.
Above all, though, Trump loves to be cast as a savior – the good guy in his own head movie.
In this case he is dealing with a reporter who was apparently beaten, tortured, dismembered while still alive and then disposed of as one would the daily garbage before it begins to smell.
Mr. President, you cannot accept a scapegoat. You cannot push the narrative of “rogue” killers.
There is nothing that goes on in Saudi Arabia on this level that isn’t known by those at the top of the food chain.
I’ve seen that much first hand. It is not an obscure or arcane fact. It is readily known.
The Saudi Royal Family must pay for what was done to a journalist.
You are in a unique position to require the payment.
Do your job.