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What’s the life of Saudi journalist Khashoggi to Trump? Nothing

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“The horror, the horror,” are the last words of a morally and mentally depleted Colonel Kurtz, played to grotesque perfection by Marlon Brando, at the end of the seminal Vietnam war film, Apocalypse Now.

Evoking that same spirit of incredible savagery and inhumanity, our own modern-day descent into the heart of darkness is being played out for real in the horrific case of the missing Saudi journalist, Jamal Khashoggi.

A former fan of Saudi Arabia’s royal family who reinvented himself as a dissident and critic of the House of Saud while living in self-imposed exile in the US, where he wrote a monthly column for The Washington Post, Khashoggi was last seen entering the kingdom’s consulate in Istanbul on October 2.

The Saudis first tried to palm off a cock-and-bull story that he had inexplicably left the building by the back door while his fiancée waited outside for 11 hours. But now, in the face of global abhorrence and condemnation, they have finally deigned to admit he was killed inside the diplomatic mission.

Grisly details of what they did to him in all probability, leaked by the Turkish government to the media, make for pretty ghastly reading.


© South China Morning Post