1) It was a flame that ignited waiting matches like me.
The man spent 58 years of his life as a member of the Saudi elite. Saudi repression did not begin with the ascent of the MBS. It had always been a barbaric and brutal regime. Are we to believe that Khashoggi suddenly began to notice how decadent that British-installed Saudi monarchy was?
2) But I went even further, searching out your writings and interviews on video.
And what did you find? Let me tell you what I found: Khashoggi changed his tone after falling out with the the monarchy. I watched in total disgust how this soft-spoken man became feisty defending the Saudis to bomb Yemenis. The man was a very timid and mild critic of the monarchy but a very vocal defender until he left Saudi.
3) You were a writer who fought for freedom and truth.
Nah! When had he ever said anything negative of the Saudis? Only when he had some issues during the last two years. Where was his voice prior to that?
4) The more I read, the deeper the shiver down my spine: I want to be like you!
Then you want to be just another timid, self-serving opportunist?
5) Instead of squelching your voice, bin Salman and other oppressors have given new life to your words,
And what are his words? You seem to be emotionally overcome with his tragic death and nobody doubts that he died a horrible death and that he deserves sympathy. But that does then mean that you suddenly begin to glorify the man for something he never did.
6) which now are slogans for all people longing to be free.
The man did not advocate for the Saudi people to be free of a British-installed monarchy. I believe he wanted people to have more freedom of expression – which certainly is a cause worth applauding. But the man was a very timid advocate for anyone’s human rights.
7) In your writings, you protected no one. You criticized the Saudi regime and its opponents indiscriminately.
Nah! During his entire 58 years, he was best friends of the princes and royals. Please tell me what he wrote that can be considered courageous. Nothing!
8) progressive measures taken by the crown prince,
You mean letting women drive is considered “progressive”?
9) Likewise, you were one of the few in Saudi Arabia to oppose the war on Yemen and to advocate for peace talks.
NO! He supported the Yemen war all the way until he left Saudi and then used the Yemen war to hit back at MBS. He defended the use of cluster bombs devastating the Yemeni people. How much have you read about him?
10) A few live to speak for others and die as the price. But they are eternally remembered.
Who was he speaking for? What did happen was there were disagreements between him and the MBS and Khashoggi fled and tried to reinvent himself as a brand new man, a critic of the Saudi regime. There is no track record that he left behind that he was a critic of the Saudis until he had a falling out with the princes.
11) You taught me that words are indeed mightier than bullets.
I could be wrong but you sound young and impressionable. It is not what the man stood for that has caught the world’s attention but the way the Saudi regime planned and carried out his execution. I tell everyone to make sure to keep the story alive, because in his death, Khashoggi left a wonderful legacy behind him, which was he left the Saudi regime in the most embarrassing position from which they will never be able to get out of.