All Arab rulers are prepared, if necessary, to murder those who stand in the way of their political ambitions
The Western media has been bellyaching for more than a month now about Saudi Arabia’s assassination of dissident journalist Jamal Khashoggi. Enough is enough.
Let’s be clear. All Arab rulers are prepared, if necessary, to murder those who stand in the way of their political ambitions. They much prefer to silence dissidents with patronage and punishment through kangaroo courts, but not one of them will hesitate to send out a hit squad if he thinks his rule depends upon it.
I’m not saying it doesn’t suck. During its three-decade military occupation of my native Lebanon, Syria’s multigenerational Assad regime assassinated scores of prominent Lebanese public figures and carted away thousands of ordinary citizens never to be heard from again. When my organization, the U.S. Committee for a Free Lebanon, produced a dossier on the head of Syrian military intelligence in Lebanon, Ghazi Kanaan, in the late 1990s, we were shocked to find that the name of the man overseeing these crimes had barely even been mentioned in Western press reports.
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