The assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand of Austro-Hungary in 1914 set off World War I (or “The Geat War” of 1914-1918), which cost some 18 million lives.
In another case, an infamous case involving the assassination of a leading journalist, and its acceptance by an American president, the cost might not yet be calculable in human lives, but rather only in units of the soul of a nation.
It is a matter of immense regret that the American people elected as president a man totally devoid of moral character or moral values.
His silence in the face of the assassination of a leading Saudi journalist on the order, according to the U.S. Central Intelligence Agency, of the highest Saudi authorities, makes him if not an accomplice to the crime itself, at least an accomplice to the coverup and the conspiracy not to acknowledge the facts as reported by the CIA, and not to hold the intellectual author of the crime accountable.
This gruesome crime will be remembered as the crime of the century; and the complicity of the American president in the coverup as a nadir of American foreign policy, and as an unambiguous confirmation of the moral bankruptcy of American foreign policy.
Even the raw calculation that the U.S. must accept Saudi barbarism ignores the fact that younger Saudis, and Arabs, like people from all corners of the earth, have democratic aspirations.
The current Saudi leaders are leading their people away from those aspirations. The fiasco of Lenin and the Soviet Union should have exploded, for all time, the illusion that social progress can be achieved through despotism, with acceptable human costs.
The U.S. has great influence within Saudi Arabia. By so overtly supporting its current leaders, despite the brutal assassination they reportedly ordered, the U.S. is pushing to uphold barbarism in the country.
This aberrant U.S. administration is indeed supporting a barbarous tegime, and the darkest forces in Saudi society, instead of upholding its own historic values, which might otherwise serve as guiding lights for future leaders and generations in Saudi Arabia and the Middle East in general, including Itan.