What’s Biden trying to do in Saudi Arabia? - YASIN AKTAY

What’s Biden trying to do in Saudi Arabia?

I have received interview requests from numerous television channels and journalists regarding the CIA report on the Jamal Khashoggi murder. However, I knowingly did not respond to any of them. I am announcing this for the first time here. Of course, I have not forgotten the responsibility, like a last will and testament, with which the late Khashoggi burdened me in absentia due to our strong bonds of friendship.

I have been trying to act with the responsibility of this bequest since the beginning of the incident. I could not prevent what happened to him, but I tried to help serve the justice he deserved. Therefore, first, what happened to him had to be enlightened, then those responsible had to be tried in court.

Though Khashoggi was not a U.S. citizen, he was a world-renowned journalist who lived and worked in the U.S. Hence, international interest in the matter was inevitable. Furthermore, the scene of the crime was an area that used diplomatic immunity privileges as per international agreements. The abuse of privileges afforded by international agreements signified an illegality that occurred here, and also the violation of an international rule, which inevitably charged the international community with a mission.

Of course, there was another aspect of the incident, which was a crime committed against Turkey’s sovereignty. Regardless of who might be involved, Turkey does not have the right to ignore such an event that took place within its own borders. Thus, what Turkey did following the event, which another country may not have, was not only within the framework of Turkey’s sovereignty right but also its duty.

Turkey duly fulfilled its responsibility concerning this matter. Based on the consideration that any individual who comes to Turkey is under Turkey’s protection, President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan insisted on justice, regardless of the consequences. He more than deserves everyone’s appreciation in this sense.

However, as I have clearly seen that the U.S. might utilize the CIA report, use it as a means to direct its Middle East policies, and that it has the capacity to reduce Khashoggi’s spiritual personality and soul to dirty pragmatism, I felt it would be better to keep my distance from this process.

Frankly, it turned out exactly as I thought it would. The report, which was ignored with dirty plans during former U.S. President Donald Trump’s term, being sensationally brought up on the agenda during Biden’s term does not show that the new U.S. administration is seeking justice. On the contrary, it is very clear that it wants to use the Khashoggi case against Saudi Arabia as a trump card. Our aim in the Khashoggi case, on the other hand, has never been to corner Saudi Arabia in any manner, but to serve justice alone. Our religion, our values, our history and the relations between us are sufficient references to demand this.

The Biden administration is not seeking justice or humanitarian values in the Khashoggi case. On the contrary, it wants to use this case as an instrument for its own Middle East policies. Essentially, due to such approaches, the U.S. is not a convenient authority to seek justice on any grounds in the world. The U.S. includes these on its agenda and follows them to the extent that they serve its own interests. It never surprised us in this respect so far. The primary cause of injustice in the Middle East is Israel and its Zionist policies. What reason is there to expect that Biden's Middle East policy, though he identifies himself as the biggest representative of Zionism, will now steer in a direction of justice that will shock us?

The fact that the Khashoggi case has turned into a trump card in U.S. hands against Saudi Arabia is sad. Such crimes, human rights violations becoming routine in the Muslim world, the fact that there is no other justice mechanism within the Islamic world is another source of grief.

Muslim lives are worthless. Muslims produce the least weapons in the world, yet they are the most heavily armed, and Muslims also die the most in wars that break out as a result of this armament. If now is not the time for Muslim countries to take action with a new brand of sensitivity, then when?

Unless Muslims sufficiently grasp that Muslim life, their property, mind, religion and generation is significant, and unless they themselves take enough initiative to ensure the security and honor of these assets, they cannot prevent control over even their basic rights from falling into the hands of others.

Hence, the Organisation for Islamic Cooperation (OIC) and the Arab League need to now include on its agenda the human rights violations in the Muslim world, and launch activities to ensure that Muslims have a free, powerful and honorable status in the world.

There is no doubt that this will necessitate the power and opportunity to impose sanctions against violations. As long as the Muslim world makes efforts in this regard, these opportunities and the power it needs are more than available.


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