Not only is the American media and public not buying a Saudi government explanation of a “fist fight” in a consulate that led to the death of Washington Post journalist Jamal Khashoggi, but citizens of the country are also disgusted and appalled at how the story keeps changing in order to appease President Donald Trump.
According to a report at Bloomberg, the slow drip drip drip of information that has come trickling out is widely viewed as damage control because the Saudi rulers are looking for ways to sweep the murder under the rug in order to keep their relationship with Trump — and U.S. weapons manufacturers — on an even keel.
As one Saudi man said, asking for anonymity in a country that does not tolerate dissent, “A very sad day for this nation, to see what the country had descended into.”
He added, “No country is perfect, but used to be proud that the country had a certain morality that aligned with Arabian values. We lost that forever, unfortunately.”
Another, who also asked that his name not be used, agreed, saying: “I’m furious about what happened. I hate when Saudi officials get carried away and torture people. We heard many stories during the 1980s and thought it was behind us. And now this.”
“Why couldn’t they say where they dumped the body?” lamented a 24-year-old Saudi woman in Jeddah. “If he did die during a fist fight, finding that out shouldn’t have taken this long.”
“I’m so broken right now,” said another Saudi who said he believed earlier stories disseminated by the Saudi government. “I thought the Turks did it,”
You can read the whole report here.