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Old Khashoggi pro-extremism tweets expose 'defender of democracy' narative

Jamal Khashoggi

News and reports about Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi have been shrouded in mystery over whether he had connections with the Muslim Brotherhood and al-Qaeda or being a friend with Osama bin Laden at some point of his life.

However, an epicenter of controversy revolved around Khashoggi’s advocacy for the U.S., the West, and rejection of terrorism and extremism, while at the same time, before his self-imposed exile in the U.S. since 2017, Khashoggi shared some of his ‘real’ point of views and thoughts.

Khashoggi disappeared after walking into the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul in early October.

The Saudi government acknowledged he died during an altercation in the consulate, promising that thorough investigations are ongoing to bring whoever responsible to justice.

The 59-year-old journalist entered the consulate on October 2 to reportedly obtain documents necessary to marry his alleged Turkish fiancée, Hatice Cengiz.

Nevertheless, despite all the media reports and stories about Khashoggi, some of his quotes, tweets and statements raised controversy about whether the 59-year-old man was a journalist, or a jihadist who sponsored extremist ideas and plans.


Defending 9/11 attacks


Despite international condemnation and the world shock that followed the September 11 attacks, Khashoggi tweeted that U.S. justifications to Israeli operations and attacks in Gaza was among the reasons behind the assaults.

The attacks, which were coordinated by al-Qaeda against the United States, resulted the killing of more than 2,996 people, injured over 6,000 others, and caused at least $10 billion in infrastructure and property damage.

“Israeli raids over Gaza, intentional murder, Arab silence, U.S. justification and complicity, a state of Islamist anger that wanted to explode in a collapsed world, this was the climate before 9/11,” Khashoggi tweeted on July 1, 2014.

The destruction of the World Trade Center and nearby infrastructure significantly harmed the U.S. economy, leading to the closing of Wall Street until September 17 and the civilian airspace in the U.S. and Canada until September 13, not to mention many closings, evacuations, and cancellations followed, out of respect or fear of further attacks.

Khashoggi’s reasons for the attack were simply an echo for Osama bin Laden’s declaration of a “holy war” against the United States; in bin Laden's November 2002 "Letter to America", he explicitly stated that al-Qaeda's motives for their attacks include U.S. support of Israel, pro-American governments in the Middle East being against Muslim interests.

Also, in 2014, Bin Laden claimed that the idea of destroying the towers had first occurred to him in 1982, when he witnessed Israel's bombardment of high-rise apartment buildings during the 1982 Lebanon War.

According to CNN National Security Analyst Peter Bergen, Khashoggi came to know bin Laden when he was living in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, in the early 1980s.

Moreover, in an interview with Khashoggi himself, he told Bergen that Bin Laden told him about his plans for the group, and how that he was calling upon members of al Qaeda to come and join the main cell in its war against the West.

These plans, however, were not shared or published by Khashoggi, supposedly that journalists often report such information and threats that put global safety into jeopardy, especially that he claimed that the plans did not include the U.S., despite the fact that it was al-Qaeda’s main target.


The United States is our enemy: Khashoggi


Following rounds of violence between Israel and Hamas, ex-U.S. president Barack Obama signed a bill granting an additional $225 million in funding for Israel’s Iron Dome missile defense system.

Being approved by the Congress, the new package further intended to replenish Israel’s capabilities.

The House of Representatives had voted for the bill by a landslide majority to provide the funding.

“House Speaker John Boehner said ‘Israel is our friend, and Israel’s enemies are our enemies’, therefore, according to this, the United State became an enemy to all of us!” Khashoggi posted on Twitter on July 29, 2014.

Boehner released a statement after the measure passed its final legislative hurdle stressing that the United States will stand with Israel and support its right to defend itself.

No debate was held on the bill, which had passed the Senate.

“In times like this, people try to isolate Israel -- but we are here to stand with Israel. Not just as a broker or observer — but as a strong partner and a trusted ally,” Boehner opened his statement.

“What does that mean? Well, it doesn’t mean using vague, on-the-one-hand, on-the-other-hand statements. No, it means backing up our words, and showing our solidarity with our friend,” Boehner added.


Beheading soldiers deemed military tactic!


In another tweet, Khashoggi appeared to be justifying ISIS crimes, as he tweeted on June 25, 2014, “Beheading regime’s soldiers by ISIS, recording, and broadcasting to the media is savage, but it is an effective physiological military tactic, the group know what they are doing.”

ISIS has often released decapitation videos, threatening America and Arab regimes that refuse its existence to subject to them and their so-called Caliphate.

Researchers believe such videos are aimed at supporters, potential recruits, enemies and also the ISIS leader.


Khashoggi claimed Jihad in Syria is safe!


Earlier in 2012, Khashoggi tweeted yet another controversial tweet as reports of dozens of jihadists traveling to fight in the Syrian conflict highlighted sparks of a growing radical Islamist power in the region.

For his part, Khashoggi tweeted that jihad in Syria is safe, thanks to Syria’s moderate clerics.

“The participation of Arab youths in the jihad in Syria is safe, thanks to Syria’s moderate clerics who adhere to the way of Sunnah and Jamaa’a, which rejects excommunication and extremism,” Khashoggi tweeted.

Since January 2012, Syria has been transformed into a major battleground of the jihad world, with a number of foreign and Syrian jihadist groups surfacing to participate in the conflict.

Moreover, claiming that jihad is safe contradicted and skipped the fact that by 2012, these groups carried out at least twelve high profile attacks, including suicide car bombings in Damascus, Aleppo, and Idlib.

Experts have suggested that the narrative surrounding Khashoggi as a defender of democracy and freedom of expression is overblown, and have pushed a conspiracy theory that the story surrounding his disappearance is meant to damage US-Saudi relations and help Iran.

Last Modified: Monday، 29 October 2018 04:10 PM