Who was Khashoggi?

The open letter to Rep. Barbara Lee (“Open letter to Rep. Lee,” Nov. 29) calls for shutting off arms sales to the Saudis in order to end the war in Yemen. I would wholeheartedly support ending this horrific war and putting a spotlight on this country’s arms sales to Saudi Arabia.

However, this war of genocide against the Yemeni people has been going on since 2015. I am a member of the Larouche Political Action Committee, which was calling for ending arms sales to Saudi Arabia for the Yemen war as early as 2016, when Barack Obama was president. Only in the recent period, following the murder of Jamal Khashoggi, has the war and ending arms sales suddenly become front-page news. Why?

Is it because it’s one more battering ram against President Donald Trump? Was Khashoggi a human rights activist and reporter for the Washington Post? I personally don’t think so. 

In 2002 Lyndon Larouche spoke at a major event in Abu Dhabi and was having growing influence in the Arab world. Afterwards Khashoggi penned a piece in London-based Saudi newspaper Asharq Al-Awsat warning Arab leaders to stay away from Larouche. 

More recently, I think that Khashoggi came up in the “get Trump” operation. George Papadopoulos recently alleged on Twitter that Khashoggi was financing the mysterious professor Mifsud, who was involved in trying to lure Papadopoulos into compromising situations.

Was Khashoggi an operative of the recently revealed “Integrity Initiative,” clusters of journalists and academics, financed by the British Foreign Office, to spread anti-Russian propaganda in the United States?

These are matters that should be placed before Lee.


Frank De Falco