So many aspects.
A. Who did it?
Khashoggi is probably dead. He was most probably killed. But we don’t know if it was premeditated murder or manslaughter in an anger outburst. And this is why we don’t know.
Our main insecurity comes from almost all parties not only having reasons to lie but also having extensive records of being less than honest.
- The main suspects, King and Crown Prince of Saudi Arabia
They are not supposed to be believed on their words. Them meeting the family of the dead journalist is, of course, the height of chutzpah. I guess that they don’t want to be buried together with the columnist.
The newest twist, though, is that this murder hurts the good name of the Kingdom. Soon, the writer was not the victim but the perpetrator.
- Turkey’s President Erdogan
Animosity between Turkey and Saudi Arabia is old and alive. All the allegedly incriminating proof is not to be believed until we see any of it. The enthusiasm of the Turkish state-controlled media bringing stories and innuendo about this “crime” is just too much to trust any of them.
- US President Trump
This president is known for saying whatever would come in handy for him. Asking his opinion is as meaningful as throwing a dice or reading tea leaves. (Why do journalists still ask for his “opinions”? Beats me!)
Trump seems to happily be friends with the roughest dictators who starve and execute their nationals and forbid freedom of expression. But he seems to draw the line at them jailing or murdering individual Americans. This may explain his hash response at Khashoggi’s disappearance, after making clear that he’s not canceling SA’s military spending in the US – nor his own private business ties, of course.
B. He was right
It seemed an unlikely scenario, that one murder by a Middle Eastern royal would threaten his power. That’s why he’s a suspect. Killing opponents is what these kinds of rulers do for a living. The rest is hobby. Who would have thought that he couldn’t get away with just one more?!
How a critic’s untimely death proves what he wrote all along, that nothing has changed in Saudi Arabia.
If his body parts are ever released for burial, they can write on his tombstone, besides RIP (Rest In Peace): ITYS (I Told You So).
C. He was no angel
Forget about this being a fight between the dark and the light forces in the world. The death in a consulate of a journalist critic of non-democratic leaders sounds like that. But the victim was an Israel-hater, against Kurdish independence, close to Osama Bin Laden, etc.
Overall conclusion: Almost everyone should be believed to be lying and we should only go by proofs. Of which we have seen nothing so far.