The west world’s most influential politicians and leaders are seeking answers from Saudi Arabia for the alleged murder of Jamal Khashoggi, a Washington Post journalist. Khashoggi was a critic of the Crown Prince of Saudi Arabia, Mohammed bin Salman, and had been living in a self-imposed exile in US for the past one year.
The year witnessed helplessness of Saudi-origin dissidents as they were arbitrarily detained and tortured for merely voicing their opinions. The recent disappearance of the Saudi-origin and US-based journalist, Jamal, completely shook politicians across US, UK and France.
Some of them reacted with anger while others expressed dismay as details about a dismemberment Jamal Khashoggi inside Saudi’s Turkish consulate surfaced. Will Jamal Khashoggi murder turn out to be a wake up call for the west.
Will the West Wake Up Now?
The news about the alleged Jamal Khashoggi murder has rocked leaders internationally. Political figures from around the world have voiced concern for Jamal.
The Saudi crown prince Mohammed Bin Salman is infamous for his totalitarian rule and extreme intolerance towards any sort of activism which is evident from the case of Jamal Khashoggi.
Despite this, it has had the privilege to share bilateral trade and foreign relations with some of the biggest superpowers in the world like US. However, this recently got affected after news about Jamal’s disappearance and alleged murder inside the Saudi consulate made way into global media and social media portals like, Twitter. President Donald Trump and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo urged for further information.
Trump said, “I am concerned about it. I don’t like hearing about it, hopefully that will sort itself out. Right now nobody knows anything about it.”, to which Pompeo added, “State Department senior officials have spoken with the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia through diplomatic channels about this matter.”
Additionally, US lawmakers like Rep. Gerry Connolly (D-Va.), Chris Murphy (D-Conn.) along with others demanded updates on Khashoggi’s ‘disappearance’, pressuring Saudi.
However, unlike the US, UK’s Foreign Office took an aggressive approach when speaking about Jamal Khashoggi’s murder inside the Saudi consulate. They clearly warned that if the reports shared by media turns out to be correct, the UK would treat the incident “very seriously”, hinting at the unstable future of Saudi-UK relations. Moreover, politician Jeremy Hunt headed straight to warn Saudi Minister of Foreign Affairs Adel al-Jubeir saying, “friendships are based on shared values”, silently highlighting the two nations’ conflicting ‘values’.
A Murder is a Murder
Jamal Khashoggi muder allegedly took place for his activism against the leadership of Saudi Arabia. However, he wasn’t a dissident, but a journalist who exposed the dictatorial leadership of MBS with substantial information about dissidents of Saudi origin subjected with abuse under the prince rule. His journalistic approach was appreciated by a wide range of international readership, but criticised by the royals.
Coincidently, the writer was invited by Mohammed Bin Salman to return to the kingdom and lead as an advisor, a few days before he allegedly died. Unfortunately, this wasn’t the case because as Jamal entered the consulate to collect his marriage documents, he warned his fiance waiting outside with his friend to call an adviser to Recep Tayyip Erdogan, Turkish President, if he didn’t show up. She kept waiting outside the consulate, only to realize that he actually didn’t return.
Now, the world has woken up and so have the influential leaders and politicians, globally. From Donald Trump, to Mike Pompeo, Mike Pence and Jeremy Hunt, everybody is standing on the other side of Saudi Arabia, in shock and disgust, voicing concern over the alleged murder of an innocent journalist for merely speaking the truth that was hurting the undemocratic system and leadership of Prince Mohammed bin Salman in Saudi Arabia.
Could the alleged Jamal Khashoggi murder possibly be the reason the world finally opens eyes to the brutality of Saudi Arabia or will the kingdom get away with this too, in the name of ‘soveriegn immunity’?