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Jon Schwarz @schwarz
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In March 1990, Saddam Hussein personally ordered the execution of Farzad Bazoft, a reporter for the UK Observer. A month later Sen. Alan Simpson had a chummy meeting with Saddam and commiserated with him about journalists, calling them "spoiled and conceited" and "bastards."
Even worse than Alan Simpson's actions: Before Bazoft was executed, conservative MP Terry Dicks said he "deserves to be hanged." Lord Wyatt said the UK should “start maximising trade and stop talking about Farzad Bazoft."
After Bazoft was murdered by Saddam Hussein, there were internal discussions in Thatcher's government about whether to sanction Iraq. They decided no, because “We have a considerable commercial presence to protect in Iraq" and it "would be bad for our wider commercial interests"
All in all, Mohammed bin Salman's murder of Jamal Khashoggi is playing out exactly like Saddam Hussein's murder of journalist Farzad Bazoft. It's sad, etc., but the US/UK can't do anything about it because that would hurt the profits of US/UK corporations.
The one thing that IS different between Bazoft then and Khashoggi now is that the purely mercenary rationales of the UK government re Iraq in 1990 were discussed in secret. Trump is explaining that it's all about money with Saudi Arabia in public.
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