Recently the supporters of Jamal Khashoggi, a Wall Street journalist, who disappeared on October 2 at a Saudi consulate, implored the federal government to investigate the disappearance on October 10.
Whatever the ultimate consequences of the Saudi Arabian administration’s suspected murder of Post journalist Jamal Khashoggi’s may be, Trump’s initial reaction hinted about his priorities that is “America First” foreign policy. His impulses were transactional and commercial in nature as he revealed his concern of America losing defense contracts while confronting the Saudi government. He said, “I don’t like stopping massive amounts of money that are being poured into our country.” Showcasing his nativist reaction as he pressed on the fact that “Khashoggi is not a U.S. citizen.” The president seemingly determined to provide an explanation, after consulting with the Saudi king raised the possibility of “rogue killers” which refreshed the O.J. Simpson murder trial memories.
Trump— designing behind the increasing global outrage—has promised “severe punishment” in case if the Saudis were involved in Khashoggi’s abduction. However, the report of a journalist assassinated while collecting documents for his wedding is overall powerful. The accumulations of such horrors—the human misery and sum of human killing—is overwhelming. The Trump era too— not coincidentally—is an atrocious era. And it doesn’t seem that the U.S. President is concerned enough to be ashamed of this mass atrocities.
Then comes the ongoing Saudi war in Yemen, causing massive displacement, disease, and hunger. The Trump government has provided a certificate to the Saudis that they are taking adequate measures to avert any national casualties. Contrastingly, the U.S. military imparts midair refueling aiding bombing raids. Meanwhile, the UN has reproached the United Arab Emirates and Saudi Arabia of arbitrary detention, torture, rape, and war crimes.
Till date, Syria remains a bleeding gash. Hundreds and hundreds have lost their lives. Over 5 million people have fled the country as refugees and over 6 million are internally relocated. In the course of one of the largest refugee crisis after World War II, the U.S. has cut down on the number of refugees to the lowest level in four decades. And our dear president has metamorphosed all these ill-fated, suffering people into political prey, feeding baseless fears that these refugees may be Trojan horse terrorist threats.
Perhaps a million ethnic Uighurs are being held captive in “indoctrination camps” in China. The Human Rights Group reported psychological and physical torture, forced displacement, and family separations. Nevertheless, the entire Trump’s relationship with China is determined by the amount of American trade deficit. Human rights hardly matter as an afterthought.
Not to forget the enduring ethnic purgation of the Rohingya people in Myanmar including rapes, attack on civilians, and immolation of villages causing more than 700,000 people to escape their homes. As per the State Department report, “Multiple witnesses have reported the incident of soldiers flinging infants and small children into burning huts or open fires.” Still, the Trump government refuses to define these crimes as “genocide” or “crimes against humanity.”
Another concern is South Sudan’s 5-year civil war, which has resulted in 2.5 million people have fled the country and death of 380,000 people.
And then comes North Korea, which is accountable for torture, forced abortions, torture, the extermination of suspected regime opponents, and mass enslavement. Still, the president of U.S. recollects how he and the North Korean leader Kim Jong Un “fell in love.”
However, this global tour of shocks was to simply demonstrate that the age of darkness has commenced once again.