Benjamin Franklin once wrote: “He that lies down with dogs, shall wake up with fleas.”
A friend texted me today: “Why did they kill that journalist in Saudi Arabia [consulate]?” A simple question with a complex answer. The specific on-the-spot-in-the-consulate-when-it-happened “why” may never be known. The mainstream media answers the broader “why” by simply reporting that Jamal Khashoggi was a Washington Post reporter who ran afoul of Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman. Done, end of story; now how do we affix the blame to President Donald Trump?
As with all things “counter-jihad” (this is The Geller Report after all!), the full answer requires recognizing that there are many layers and multiple players (we’ll not get into Saudi Arabia versus Turkey here)… At the very least, as of this writing it appears that the killing of Khashoggi was a kidnapping/rendition attempt gone awry or, quite possibly, the premeditated assassination of an “American” journalist critical of the Saudi regime.
The Washington Post is indignant that “hard-line Republicans and conservative commentators are mounting a whispering campaign against Jamal Khashoggi,” supposedly in order to “protect President Trump from criticism of his handling of the dissident journalist’s alleged murder by operatives of Saudi Arabia.”
The Post hits these “hardliners” for highlighting Khashoggi’s ties to the Muslim Brotherhood, and claims that “while Khashoggi was once sympathetic to Islamist movements, he moved toward a more liberal, secular point of view.”
In reality, Khashoggi was the real hardliner, supporting jihad violence and Sharia right up to the time of his murder — even in his recent Post columns. This raises questions about why the paper hired him as a columnist in the first place.
In short, Khashoggi is dead because he used his platform at the Washington Post to criticize the Saudi regime from a Muslim Brotherhood mindset. How’s that for “why”?
“He that lies down with Muslim dogs, may wake up dead.”
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