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Jim Hanson @Uncle_Jimbo
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A little perspective on the #Khashoggi disappearance

Killing or kidnapping journalists is awful. But not more awful than doing it to any other person

But since it is one of the media's own we have a completely disproportionate reaction…
It also involves a major new #Trump ally #SaudiArabia and there seems to be a coordinated effort to attack them now as my colleague @davereaboi points out

The immediate acceptance of accusations from Turkish state security about this incident was absurd. All the major media outlets blindly accepted this story as if #Erdogan was a reliable source

What he is
Is one of the world's largest killers & jailers of journalists
He currently has 160+ journalists in jail being tortured
During his 2016 Purge he closed 100+ media outlets
Revoked licenses of 35k teachers
Suspended 50k+ civil servants & detained 3k judges 1/3 of all total
Arrested 3k+ military

& killed hundreds of political opponents
It is possible that #Khashoggi was taken by the Saudis
If so, we should condemn this action
But the idea that this should cause us to stop military sales
Or other major breaks w/ a strong ally is foolish

#MohammedBinSalman is making major positive changes in KSA
Undercutting him right now is not in the US interest
And he is clearly in jeopardy in his own country

He has made many powerful enemies by shutting off some of the corruption flowing to his opponents and their allies who also did much of the terror funding
To be perfectly blunt
We must put our strategic interest in having a reformer at the helm in #SaudiArabia above anything that happened to a single person

We should help investigate & try to find out what actually happened
Then and only then should we decide what to do next
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