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June 26, 2019

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Violence is all tyrants know

Journalists worldwide are in constant danger. I reference Andrez Parra’s excellent essay “Right vs. wrong vs. reality on the world stage,” published Dec. 29. It noted the slaying of journalist, Jamal Khashoggi, who according to previous reports was slain in the Saudi embassy in Turkey.

It should be noted that on the date when Mr. Parra’s essay in 1170, Thomas Becket, the archbishop of Canterbury, was slain by knights loyal to King Henry II. The king was at odds with Becket over civil and religious matters in England and uttered the words, “Will no one rid me of this meddlesome priest?”

Fast-forward to 2018: Did Mohammad bin Salman of Saudi Arabia voice similar thoughts? “Will no one rid me of the meddlesome journalist?” We need to question our country’s leaders and their mealy mouthed response to this atrocity. Read your history: Dictators always attack journalists, burn books, and seek to silence those who speak out against injustice, persecution and atrocities.