Jamal Khashoggi RIP Oct 20, 2018 9:40:30 GMT -5
Post by Amadan on Oct 20, 2018 9:40:30 GMT -5
It's not like people haven't been talking about how atrocious the Saudi regime is since even before 9/11. I think what's captured the public's feelings in this case is the very personal nature of the atrocity - anonymous brown people being bombed en masse in a shithole country no one can locate on a map doesn't really elicit more than a "gosh, how tragic - war, ya know?" But a journalist who's kinda sorta an American (US residents are not citizens, but they are generally extended most US civil rights and we expect the US government to take an interest in their well-being) who gets tortured and cut up just before he was to be married... and the Saudis doing it in such a blatant in-your-face fashion. That gives people the heebie-jeebies. That makes people wonder if the Saudi embassy here in the US might pull the same kind of shit.
I mean, you're not wrong that it's ironic that this is what pushes people over the edge of tolerance for the Saudis, but it doesn't require some Trumpian explanation. It's human nature. You're going to react more strongly to your next-door neighbor dying in a car crash than to fifty people dying in a car crash on a foggy road in China.