Jamal Khashoggi was born in Saudi Arabia — and was killed by them, at the Saudi consulate in Turkey.
I have a question for you: How much should you and I care about this?
Because a lot of people say we have to care a lot — including Justin Trudeau who says he wants answers; and Chrystia Freeland, our foreign minister who loves quarrelling with the Saudis, calls the murder heart-breaking.
I suppose every death is heart-breaking, and every murder is an outrage.
But Khashoggi was not an American citizen; he was not a permanent resident; he did not have a green card. He certainly wasn't Canadian.
Yet Trudeau said he brought up the subject of Khashoggi's murder during a recent phone call with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and briefly again when the two met on the weekend in Paris. Trudeau said he, "thanked [Erdogan] for his strength in responding to the Khashoggi situation.”
But again: why does Canada care? Why should America care?
Because it’s spectacular news, a dramatic hit? I’m sorry — that happens all the time in the worst places in the world. Turkey and Saudi Arabia have a feud, and this guy Khashoggi was in the middle of it.
If it were a citizen — you bet. We have to defend our citizens around the world. Funny that Trudeau doesn’t do that, though.
He doesn’t help Canadian citizens who are held hostage by Muslim terrorists — he lets them die. There are Canadian citizens rotting in prison in China on trumped up charges — do you think Trudeau even mentions their names to his Chinese dictator friends? A Canadian woman was raped and then murdered in Iran, and yet Trudeau wants to re-establish diplomatic ties with them.
And then there’s Trump.
Trump released a statement that spoke the unvarnished truth.
The same truth that every American and Canadian and British and French leader has spoken for decades — but he did it more truthfully, and with less diplomatic fibbing.
Tonight I'll read it to you (complete with his exclamation points...)
Anyone who says Trump is coarsening the world with this kind of diplomacy should answer what exactly they’d like the west to do about bad behaviour of dictatorships towards their own citizens — and they can start by asking about China, too.
And maybe they can write their answer on their Chinese-made smartphone or their Chinese-made laptop computer.
I’m for peace and freedom, and civil rights, and I hate the Saudis. But I hate the Iran and ISIS alternatives more. And this Jamal Khashoggi?
Yeah, it’s sad, but he’s not high up on my list of the world’s victims...
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