So the New York Times was sponsoring a conference in Saudi Arabia when the genocide (yes, I think the word is deserved) in Yemen is going on, but the apparent murder of a Washington Post columnist is an outrage and this is what causes them to pull out. From an editorial on the Jamal Khashoggi case.
More pressure [on Saudi Arabia] should come from Americans and other foreigners planning to attend a major investor conference in Riyadh this month, which the crown prince is scheduled to attend. The New York Times has already pulled out as a media sponsor; other media companies should follow suit.
It is an outrage, but they must subconsciously think like Tom Friedman, who was stupid enough to come right out and say the murder of his friend was worse than the war in Yemen.
If Jamal has been abducted or murdered by agents of the Saudi government, it will be a disaster for M.B.S. and a tragedy for Saudi Arabia and all the Arab Gulf countries. It would be an unfathomable violation of norms of human decency, worse not in numbers but in principle than even the Yemen war.
To Friedman, the war crimes committed by the Saudis are still possible war crimes, not certainties.
And the Saudi-United Arab Emirates war in Yemen has been so badly botched that the Saudis have been accused of possible war crimes, even though Iran and the Houthi rebels had also contributed mightily to Yemen’s destruction.