“I’m a bigot but, for the left.”
— Woody Allen, Annie Hall
“It aint complicated, you’re dealing with
— Bruce Springsteen, Murder Incorporated
It is not funny, says Raymond Candler, in The Simple Art of Murder, that a man should be killed, though it is funny that he should be killed for so little and, that we call his death the coin of civilization.
Jamal Khashoggi was a foolish man but even fools deserve to be protected by the law, from the gangsters who use the legal code as toilet paper and for target practice. He was a fool because he seemed to believe that the Saudi Arabian “government” (which is a government that way a corporation is a citizen) wouldn’t dare murderer a man in one of their consulates and that being affiliated with the Washington Post was some type of protection.
The Saudi’s of course are decadent and depraved and have the ethics of a crack dealer selling a mixture of bath salts, crack, laxatives and rat poison, they mixed up in a rusty bucket. And America, the beacon of freedom to which the world turns, because there’s no way off this pale blue dot, is king pimp.
All of that is also so obvious as to be banal. But what is amusing amid this carnage, (as we listen to the twisted metal of America’s fenders being torn off, as the national soul exceeds the G-force tolerance of honesty, and slams into the guard rails of history) is that while Trump is a malignant troll, with the intelligence of a cockroach and the moral sense of a virus, the fact is, that while the liberals and the “Progressives” wail about morality, and hypocrisy, and the venal Oil barons, and the arms dealers, and poor Khashoggi, they are conveniently forgetting (or succeeding in not mentioning) that their hero, former Constitutional Professor, Barak Obama, used what he claimed was “secret evidence” to justify the execution of an American Citizen.
Ah yes, ethical consistency sure is a bitch, isn’t it. See, when the liberals soak the Bill of Rights in gasoline and throw matches at it, it’s justified, and it’s for your own good, and you have to see the big picture, yada, yada, yada.
But when the fascists do it, well then it’s vile, evil, toxic and a threat to the rule of law.
The fact is that Obama and everyone involved in the murder of Anwar al-Awlaki, are guilty of any number of crimes including murder, and being arrogant mother fuckers, who are either too fucking stupid to know that they are on a downward trajectory towards tyranny or systemic apathy. In the former case, either they will have to rule by force or the inevitable revolutionary government will have to rule by force. In the latter they will get to watch as the people of the world just give up and wish they could grow gills as the seas rise and everyone drowns.
That is the meaning of Khashoggi’s murder and America’s complicity. The only people left, who still believe in the government, are the fanatics and the idiots. Everyone else is either a future revolutionary or a committed cynic, or both. Neither group offers much in the way of hope but the deeper the hole the government digs, while demanding obedience and cheerleaders, the worse the shit storm will be when the system falls apart.
To paraphrase a certain Irish gentleman, the liberals lack all conviction while the rest are full of shit. The “Progressives” are idiots, and arrogant, and worst of all, they are just limp, coughing up nothing more than New Deal 2.0, while pretending that they’re all as militant as a Maoist cadre beating university professors to death with little red books. If they had a sense of ethics they would have mobilized years ago and called for a general strike, but they want capitalism with a smile, and a seat at the table. They hate Nancy were capitalists get used to it Pelosi, (with good reason) but they also hate her because she’s sucking up the dollars and they want their cut.
Lost in the shrapnel storm is the ugly truth. Khashoggi’s murder became inevitable when Obama Incorporated got away with murder.
The entire system is a shit sandwich and everyone involved is a fucking lizard but less charming.
Using what you claim is “secret evidence” and having your utterly spineless Attorney General spout bull shit that would have made Kafka cough up a lung, means you are a god damned gangster. It means you’re a fucking hypocrite and a textbook example of hubris.
Trump is a puddle of vomit but he’s doing the same thing as all the rest of them. The world runs on oil and the Saudis have oil and they have sand and no one gives a fuck about the sand.
Jamal Khashoggi was a fool but then, so is everyone else, and we all have as much protection under the law, as he did.