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Prince’s fake investigation into Khashoggi’s death a whitewash in the making

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So the Liberal government has finally condemned the atrocious murder of Jamal Khashoggi.

Forgive me if I hold my applause.

It took too long, way too long. And it came from the foreign minister, not the prime minister. If ever Justin Trudeau needed to lend his moral authority to an issue, it was this one.

Instead, he dithered and then handed off the ball to the person who seems to be the real leader of the government these days, Chrystia Freeland.

One other thing.

Like Donald Trump, the Liberals are deploying words not deeds to express their condemnation. Why is Canada selling arms to a country that butchers its own citizens, as well as thousands in Yemen?

Canada could hardly have remained silent given all that has happened. It was a week in world politics that looked like a re-run of The Texas Chainsaw Massacre.

You remember it. That was the 1974 gorefest featuring Leatherface and his murderous, insane family that has since become a cult film.

But in the real world, a journalist was assaulted, murdered and dismembered in the consulate of a country run by a power-mad family — or so the host country, Turkey, claims.

The first instinct of the Saudis was to lie about what they had done, and lie they did.

They claimed that Khashoggi left the consulate alive. In fact, according to the Turks, he left in a box, or maybe a series of boxes. He was allegedly beheaded, dismembered and had his fingers chopped off.

Where his desecrated body is now is anyone’s guess — in an Arabian desert, buried in a forest outside of Istanbul or flowing through the sewers beneath the ancient city that straddles Europe and Asia across the Bosphorus Strait. Only the Saudis know.

Trump accepted Riyadh’s adamant assurance that Khashoggi had left the embassy in peace, not pieces, that he was merely “missing.” He said that the Saudi King’s personal and adamant denial was “credible.”

Sound familiar? That’s what he said about President Vladimir Putin’s equally forceful denial that Russia didn’t meddle in the 2016 presidential election. Trump apparently believes in the sincerity of dictators above the hard facts of his own intelligence agencies.

A full 18 days after their egregious lie about Khashoggi’s fate,........

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