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US duplicity exposed in Khashoggi fiasco

08 Mar 2021 at 17:38hrs | Views
When you hear the United States of America's (USA) embassy in Harare talk of Chin'ono this and human rights that, you would think their own conduct is beyond reproach and that they are as pure as snow.

Well, this notion has been crushed beyond doubt in the last few days and the world now sees that US policies and conduct are as murky as the waters in a pig's pen, if not filthier. This is all thanks to the way the new Joe Biden administration has responded to their own intelligence on the ghastly murder of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi.

According to a US intelligence report released last Friday, Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman, the 35 year-old Saudi leader, approved the October 2018 operation to kill Khashoggi. This is nothing new as this has been known since 2018, but still the US refuses to punish Salman for this brutal human rights abuse.

To save face, shortly after the release of the report, Secretary of State Antony Blinken announced visa restrictions on 76 Saudi individuals, but still did not touch the main culprit himself, the Crown Prince. The reason given by the Biden administration for such selective application of human rights standards was that, "Our national security team believes that going after the network responsible for these actions is the best way to prevent a crime like this from ever happening again," said Jen Psaki, the White House press secretary.

This was just a flimsy excuse and a face-saving tactic meant to protect US economic interests in the Middle Eastern Kingdom and maintain the facade of US moral standing. The oil-rich Saudi monarchy is one of the US's strategic partners with substantial interests in US defence companies. The Kingdom is the number one client for US-made arms, and this has made them immune to punitive sanctions over the assassination of journalist Jamal Khashoggi and other atrocities such as those in the Saudi-led war in Yemen.

The US has always been a nation mainly concerned by its own interests and will do and say whatever it takes so it does not affect the overall balance sheet in its favour. Even in the face of such blatant human rights violations by their Saudi friends they will never do anything to harm the economic benefits they get from alienating themselves from the Kingdom.

On his campaign trail, Biden promised that he would hold the Saudi Crown Prince accountable for the Khashoggi slaying, but as he got on the top-hot seat he could not fulfil his campaign lie as this would hurt the economic interest of the US. So damn human rights, equality, accountability and all that mambo jambo they spin to justify their intrusion into other countries' domestic affairs, as long as the money is flowing, the US does not care what you do.

Power and money have always been on the forefront of US domestic and foreign policy and Donald Trump was never one to hide this. Other presidents such as the ‘first black' president, Barack Obama, like Biden will resort to meaningless gestures to try and show that they are democratic and all the while not really doing anything, as actually doing something would hurt the power image and economic standing of the USA.

Obama promised that he would, on humanitarian grounds, close and cease all operations at their Guantanamo Bay prison facility. However, up to now the human rights violating cesspool is still open and operational. This is further proof that to the US, human rights always take a back seat when their image of dominance and financial superiority is at risk.

Getting back to the reasons why the US will not punish the Saudi Crown Prince for Khashoggi, the white house's claim that; "Historically and even in recent history, Democratic and Republican administrations, there have not been sanctions put in place for the leaders of foreign governments where we have diplomatic relations and even where we don't have diplomatic relations," is pure nonsense as Robert Mugabe spent more than a decade on US sanctions and for crimes lesser than those of Crown Prince bin Salman.

Zimbabwean leaders have been on US sanctions simply because the country dared to challenge white supremacy and take back the land that was stolen from our ancestors. The US and its UK, EU, Australian and Canadian partners have maintained diplomatic relations with Zimbabwe, but still impose crushing sanctions on the nation's leaders. The only reason why this is not applicable to the Kingdom rulers is because their money is too great to ignore or threaten with sanctions, proving that anyone even the US can be bought with the right amount of money or in this case oil.

As the Hopewell Chin'onos, Nelson Chamisas, Tendai Bitis and other such puppets get busy in shouting US propaganda they should be aware of the true motives of their paymasters and they are far from being noble or just. Human rights do not matter to these people as shown in the Khashoggi matter, so they better ask themselves WHY the US has an interest on Zimbabwe because it certainly isn't about human rights or the well-being of Zimbabwe and its people.

Source - Charles Motsi
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