Why a journalist's disappearance is globally significant
Hi, this is Jim Dennis Dennison form, and this is the daily article for Thursday, October eighteenth twenty eighteen Jamal Khashoggi a famous journalist and critic of Saudi Arabia's leadership walked into the Saudi consulate in Istanbul on October. Second to obtain some documents. He has not been seen since his fiancee's afraid that he's been kidnapped or killed Turkish authorities claim to have evidence that he was tortured and murdered by Saudi agents. Saudi officials insist, he left the consulate. Shortly after arriving, let survey what we know this morning, then we'll explore reasons why his disappearance is so significant to the Middle East and to the west. Jamal Khashoggi was born in Medina in nineteen fifty eight. His grandfather was the personal physician of king Abdulaziz Al Saud the founder of the kingdom of Saudi Arabia. His cousin Dodie FAI was dating Princess. Diana when the two were killed in nineteen Ninety-seven a longtime critic of the Saudi government, he relocated to the United States twenty seventeen and. Began writing for the Washington Post. He founded a new political party. This you're directly opposing the Saudi Crown prince Mohammad bin Salman on the afternoon of October. Second. He went inside the main entrance of the Saudi Arabian consulate in Istanbul to obtain a document proving he was divorced. He could then marry his fiancee, Turkish citizen who waited outside after he did not come back out, she reported him missing the Saudi government claims. He left the consulate through a back entrance CNN reported on Monday that the Saudis were preparing a statement acknowledging that Khashoggi's death was the result of an interrogation gone wrong. According to CNN sources, the interrogation was intended to lead to his abduction from Turkey. The report would likely conclude that the operation was carried out without clearance and that those involved will be held responsible. However, Turkish officials now claim that Saudi operatives beat drug killed and dismembered Khashoggi and the presence of the kingdom's top diplomat in Istanbul. They state that a group of fifteen. Saudi nationals was quote most certainly involved in quote in the crime. The New York Times has reported that several of the fifteen have direct links to Saudi Crown prince Mohammad bin Salman Republican senators calling for answers and retaliatory action over the journalist disappearance. The Washington Post has now published a column it received from Khashoggi's assistant the day after he disappeared and article calling for free press in the Arab world. The president stated yesterday that he would receive a quote full report in quote from secretary of state Mike Pompeo when he returned Wednesday night from his meetings with Saudi and Turkish leaders, Saudi Arabia matters to the west for several reasons. I, it's the world's largest oil exporter. If sanctions are brought against the Saudis, they could cut production. Some analysts say, energy costs could nearly double by the end of the year as a result. Second, it has the third largest offense budget in the world with one hundred, ten billion dollar arms deal with the US and significant deals with the UK. K. France and Germany in response to sanctions. The kingdom could buy arms from China and Russia. Instead, third, Saudi Arabia plays a crucial role in combating terrorism and maintaining security in the Middle East information, exchanges with the west could be threatened. If relations deteriorate, fourth US trade with Saudi Arabia, total forty, six billion dollars last year according to the US Commerce Department this by lateral trait supported an estimated one hundred sixty five thousand US jobs in twenty fifteen. And fifth, the kingdom works closely with the US and the west to counter Iran Saudi Arabia's the home of Islam views itself. As leader of the SUNY world, Iran leads the Shia Muslim world. Good relations with the Saudis are vital to efforts to contain Iran in the region. Martin Luther, King junior noted true pieces not merely the absence of tension. It is the presence of Justice adjust piece in Iran's is means a Shiite crescent stretching from Syria into Lebanon, dominating the Middle East, adjust. Piece in Saudi Arabia's ice means the elevator of Suni Islam over the Shiite world. Here's the bottom line. We will never have peace with each other until we have peace with God. Billy Graham said, peace can be experienced only when we have received divine pardon when we have been reconciled to God and when we have the harmony within with our fellow man and especially with God, that's why it is so urgent that Christians pray for spiritual awakening to continue. It escalate in the Muslim world. Muslims in the Middle East are not strangers. We hope we'll find Jesus their precious souls for our savior, died people who salvation would bring greater joy to our father than you, and I can imagine, Muslims all over the world are seeing visions and dreams of Jesus and more than ever they're making Christ their Lord. Would you take a moment right now to pray for Muslim leaders in the Middle East to encounter Jesus? If such miracle seem impossible. Remember Saul's conversion on the road to Damascus, anything God has ever done. He can still do. Thank you for listening. 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