The Khashoggi Case and the American Choices


“Justice for Jamal: The United States and Saudi Arabia One Year After the Khashoggi Murder” by POMED is licensed under CC BY 2.0

The power and hegemony of the U.S. to lead the world as per its bait has yet again been manifested by the re-emergence of the Jamal Khashoggi case on the international media. The case which, since 2018, had been concealed under the files, has been brought to the limelight with the U.S. report released on February 26, stating that the Saudi journalist was slain by a Saudi hit squad operating under the command of Saudi Crown Prince Muhammad Bin Salman (MBS).

Murdered in cold blood inside the Saudi Consulate in October 2018, Jamal Khashoggi was an American based Saudi Journalist. He used to write columns for the Washington Post and was a staunch critique of MBS and his policies. The attribution of his murder to the Saudi Crown Prince is underpinned by many media reports including the recently released report by the U.S. and investigation carried out by Al Jazeera. The Saudi officials have, however, rebuffed all such reports and dubbed them a futile attempt to vilify the name of the Kingdom and its incumbent Crown Prince.

An important thing that needs to be underscored here is that the U.S. report has been released soon after the change of administration in the oval office. The former U.S. President Donald Trump was a devoted supporter of MBS, and thus, many a controversial issue has been swept under the carpet. However, the Biden administration seems to be pursuing a different foreign policy. From the freezing of arms sales over the Kingdom’s gross human rights violations in Yemen to the imposition of sanctions on Saudi officials over the Khashoggi case, the Biden administration has shown signs of stringency towards the Kingdom.

Therefore, the revival of the case and its coming to the spotlight again might be a harbinger of bitterness between the two allies, which in turn can create an opportunity for Iran to capitalize on.

Nevertheless, whether the justice is served or not, the attention given towards the case by the U.S. report has shown that America can go to any lengths in securing the interests of itself and its allies. It can distort the pictures, falsify the evidence, refute the strongest arguments; it can invent the truth and also kill it if it likes. It can show the world what it wants to show, and it is its hypocrisy that it can make a case a dead letter, revive the same and do whatever and, of course, whenever it likes.

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