Readers discuss Jamal Khashoggi, Farzad Bazoft, and bombs sent to CNN
There are similarities in the political responses to the murder of Jamal Khashoggi and the execution of the Observer journalist Farzad Bazoft by Iraq. Donald Trump’s comments about refusing to jeopardise US arms deals with Saudi Arabia are an echo of Margaret Thatcher’s statement that her government would not act against British interests with Saddam Hussein, and the attitude that Bazoft probably was spying for Israel then is similar to the smears that Khashoggi had links to the Muslim Brotherhood now as justification for inaction on the part of both governments.
The UK and the US both continued to supply arms to Iraq until the invasion of Kuwait, and both continue to supply Saudi Arabia despite the horrifying destruction in Yemen. Apparently nothing has changed in the intervening years.