Moshe-Mordechai van Zuiden
Psychology, Medicine, Science, Politics, Oppression, Integrity, Philosophy, Jews

Khashoggi’s disappearance and the truth

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.

  1. 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.

Their best solution would be to finger a suspect and have him die (murdered or executed) before he can open his mouth and finger the one who ordered him to kill (Lee Harvey Oswald-style).

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.

  1. 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.

  1. 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.

About the Author
The author is a fetal survivor of the pharmaceutical industry (DES - Diethylstilbestrol), born in 1953 to two Dutch Holocaust survivors in The Netherlands (Westerbork), and holds a BA in medicine (University of Amsterdam). He taught Re-evaluation Co-counseling, became a social activist, became religious, made Aliyah, and raised three wonderful kids. He wrote an unpublished tome about Jewish Free Will. He's a vegan for 8 years now. * His most influential teachers (chronologically) are: his parents, Nico (natan) van Zuiden and Betty (beisye) Nieweg, Wim Kan, Mozart, Harvey Jackins, Marshal Rosenberg, Reb Shlomo Carlebach and lehavdiel bein chayim lechayim: Rabbi Dr. Natan Lopes Cardozo and Rav Zev Leff. * Previously, for decades, he was known to the Jerusalem Post readers as a frequent letter writer. For a couple of years he wrote hasbara for the Dutch public. His fields of attention now are varied: Psychology (including Sexuality and Abuse), Medicine, Science, Politics (Israel, the US and the Netherlands, Activism), Oppression and Liberation (of young people, the elderly, non-Whites, women, workers, Jews, GLBTQAI, foreigners, and anyone else who's dehumanized or exploited), Integrity, Philosophy, Jews (Judaism, Zionism, Holocaust and Jewish Liberation), Ecology and Veganism. Many of his posts relate to affairs from the news or the Torah Portion of the Week or are new insights that suddenly befell him. * He hopes that his words will inspire and inform, reassure the doubters but make the self-assured doubt more. He strives to bring a fresh perspective rather than bore you with the obvious. He doesn't expect his readers to agree. Rather, original minds must be disputed. In short, his main political positions are: anti-Trumpism, for Zionism, Intersectionality, non-violence, democracy, anti the fake peace process, for original-Orthodoxy, Science, Free Will, anti blaming-the-victim and for down-to-earth optimism. Read his blog how he attempts to bridge any discrepancies. He admits sometimes exaggerating to make a point, which could have him come across as nasty, while in actuality, he's quit a lovely person to interact with. He holds - how Dutch - that a strong opinion doesn't imply intolerance of other views. * His writing has been made possible by an allowance for second generation Holocaust survivors from the Netherlands. It has been his dream since he was 38 to try to make a difference by teaching through writing. He had three times 9-out-of-10 for Dutch at his high school finals but is spending his days communicating in English and Hebrew - how ironic. G-d must have a fine sense of humor. In case you wonder - yes, he is a bit dyslectic. November 13, 2018, he published his 500st blog post with the ToI. * He likes doing age-appropriate and age-inappropriate things and looks forward to getting to know his timeless mature out-of-the-box soul mate. * To send any personal reaction to him, scroll to the top of the blog post and click Contact Me.
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