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What Are the Saudis Liable For?

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The Saudis are involved not only in one death in an embassy, but also in mass deaths in neighboring Yemen and, given a little time, in the greenhouse-gas deaths of the future.

It is understandable that the media are focusing on the fate of one of their own, a columnist for the Washington Post. Mr. Khashoggi was a Saudi, and his disappearance took place abroad, but reckless and repeated statements about the press by our President imperil journalists here at home.

The alleged murder of one journalist by "rogue killers," or his accidental death during a "botched interrogation," or during a "fistfight," or whatever ludicrous alibi we are being fed today, this death is is statistically small compared with the killing and wounding in Yemen by planes and bombs bought by the Saudis from the U.S. What is the crime of the children, mothers, and other civilians killed or wounded by these bombs, and the cholera epidemic, and by starvation? They are dismissed as "collateral damage" in the war against foreign people allied with a Saudi enemy.

Perhaps the worst depredation of the Saudi is shared by other suppliers of oil, a fossil fuel that, when burned, produces greenhouse gases and thus, after a gap, global warming. I gather there is a rueful Saudi joke that "my grandfather rode a camel, I have a private jet, and my son? He will probably be riding a camel." But given projections in the latest IPCC report on global warming, the sons will be lucky to procure a camel to ride.

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The Saudis did not know about greenhouse gases when they, or a company pumping the oil found under their sands, began selling this useful and ultimately fatal resource to the world. The transition to sustainable energy, if made, will hurt them and all other exporters of fossil fuels, including Russia, the United Arab Emirates, Iraq, Nigeria, Angola, Canada, Venezuela, Kazakhstan, and Kuwait.

But either this resource will be "left in the ground," as Bill McKibben and 350.org advise, or we on this planet will suffer the kinds of effects specified in a recent dire report of IPCC.

So while the Turkish evidence about the disappearance of one journalist is dramatic, the Saudis have much more to answer for.

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Author of three recent books, Better Ways to Live: Honoring Social Inventors, Exploring New Challenges (2017); Enlarging Our Comfort Zones: A Life of Unexpected Destinations (2016); and Gift of Darkness:Growing Up[ in Occupied Amsterdam (more...)
 

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