Open letter to Rep. Lee

The Alameda Sun received a copy of this letter addressed to United States Representative Barbara Lee. 

Barbara Lee:
The U.S. must take an extremely firm stance whenever an affiliate acts in an abhorrent fashion as is the case in the murder of [Washington Post journalist] Jamal Khashoggi. The problem with President Donald Trump being a businessperson points to his primary interest in profit over humanitarian concerns. I helped run a business in Berkeley for 18 years and the employees made it all possible. They should and never were considered “expendable.” 

Unacceptable is the only term that applies to the intent to continue selling weapons to the ilk that control Saudi Arabia. It is just wrong, wrong and again, wrong. 

Watching the results of the actions perpetrated upon the Yemenis with the supplies we are selling to the Saudis makes my stomach wretch. 

Please work fervently with all of your constituents in the House of Representatives to close the valve in the pipeline of arms distribution. A demonstration by your audio visual department of the suffering of these men, women and their children should be enough to convince the House to offer a “unanimous” decision to cut the Saudi leaders off at the knees. More power to you in your efforts.


Geoffrey C. Burnaford

Editor’s note: It is believed agents of the Saudi government murdered Khashoggi, 60, at the Saudi Arabian consulate in Istanbul on Oct. 2. He was a journalist, dissident, author and a former general manager and editor-in-chief of the Al-Arab News Channel. Khashoggi relocated to the U.S. in June 2017 and began writing for the Washington Post in September 2017.